Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month
Check out the top ten famous women in history.

1. Mother Theresa

2. Cleopatra

3. Joan of Arc

4. Queen Victoria

5. Indira Gandhi

6. Marie Antoinette

7. Marie Curie

8. Eleanor Roosevelt

9. Mary Magdalene

10. Harriet Tubman

Do you like poetry or art?

Emily Dickinson is a famous poet in history. Did you know that her poems did not become famous until after her death?

Georgia O’ Keefe is a famous artist in history.

Come check out books on these great women at our library.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Club Titles

Starting a book club?

Need a title for your next meeting?

Compiling your list for next year’s book club?

Having trouble finding enough copies of a selected title?

We may have the answer!

Waterford Library’s Book Club Collection
This new collection is in the stacks, if we have 4 or more copies of a title, we are shelving them together in this special location.
Located at the end of the Adult Fiction Q thru Z aisles.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Turn Your Clock Back Saturday Night

During Daylight Saving Time, which begins in the spring, clocks are turned forward an hour, shifting an hour of light from the morning to the evening. When Daylight Saving Time ends in the fall, clocks are set back an hour and Standard Time resumes.

According to the present schedule—determined by the Energy Policy Act of 2005—the United States springs forward at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, and falls back at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in November.

United States 2012 Daylight Saving Time Schedule: In the United States, Daylight Saving Time will begin on Sunday, March 11 and revert to Standard Time on Sunday, November 4. Time changes in the United States take place at 2:00 a.m. local time.

Incidentally, the correct term is daylight saving time, not daylight savings time. If you had it wrong, don't feel bad. More people Google the incorrect phrase than the correct one!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thoughts on the Academy Awards

While watching the Academy Awards, I was thinking about the vital relationship between movies and books.  This year several of the nominated films were based on books I had read.  One of these was Hugo based on the book Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.  This movie was directed by Martin Scorese known for R-rated films.  He made this movie because of the encouragement of his 12-year-old daughter who loved the book and wanted her dad to make a movie age-appropriate for her.  I appreciated his efforts in bringing this book to life in a stunningly beautiful visual movie.  On Tuesday, March 13, you can see this movie at the Waterford Library at 6:00PM.  Remember, adults can come with or without children.  Another winner at the Academy Awards for best short animated film was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  This film based on the book by William Joyce pays tribute in a magicial way to the joy of books and libraries.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Why Do We Need Leap Years?


Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun.
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds (a tropical year)– to circle once around the Sun.

However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days!

Fun Facts about the Leap Year

  • The Egyptians are responsible for our knowledge that the solar and human calendars are not in sync.
  • Instead of 365 days, the Earth takes an extra 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 second to go around the Sun.
  • The Romans (Julius Caesar) added February 29th as a leap day in the Julian calendar, with the once every 4 years rule. It took another 1500 years (till 1582) for the Gregorian calendar to apply the system we use now.
  • Only years divisible by 4 have leap days.
  • No year that can be divided by 100 has a leap day unless it is also divisible by 400. That’s why 1900 was not a leap year but 2000 was.
  • Leap day is the day when women are allowed to propose to men (though these days most women don’t wait if that’s what they want to do.) According to tradition, this practice started in the fifth century.
  • Since those born on February 29th only have a birthday every 4 years (most celebrate the day before or day after), they can claim to be much younger than their calendar years. Here’s a handy chart to work out your age in leap years if this applies to you.
  • Even decades usually have three leap years (e.g. 2000, 2004, 2008); even ones have two (e.g 1992, 1996)
  • Want to know what day of the week Leap Day will be? It occurs on the same day every 28 years.  That means it will be 2040 before Leap Day is on a Wednesday again.
  • According to the Guinness Book of Records, one family in the UK has three generations born on February 29th. They are Peter Anthony Keogh (194), Peter Eric Keogh (1964) and Bethany Wealth (1996).
  • Not everyone follows the Gregorian calendar. For example, the lunisolar Chinese calendar adds a leap month approximately every 3 years. This month takes place at different times in the calendar.
  • Sweden once had an extra leap day, February 30th, in 1712.