Posted in All Ages, Information, Just for fun

Sea Otter Awareness Week

Hey! Did you know that today is the beginning of Sea Otter Awareness Week

This week we will be featuring Sea Otters because even though we are not near any oceans, sea otters are still important to the ecosystem! (Plus I absolutely LOVE otters and helping out the environment). So please keep checking in every day for more information about the awesome Sea Otter!

Sea Otter Awareness Week always falls on the last week of September. People of various backgrounds participate in various events and activities to highlight the different issues that sea otter conservation faces.

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Posted in All Ages, History, Information

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept 15th to Oct 15. We celebrate the stories, cultures and most importantly the contributions made by Hispanics/Latino(a) Americans!

Here are 10 interesting facts about Hispanics!

  1. The U.S. Hispanic population is now at 57 MILLION people strong! We are the 2nd fastest growing ethnic group. We make up 18% of the U.S. population.
  2. As of 2016, 27.3 million Latinos and Latinas are eligible to vote but we still don’t exercise that right. Next election, I challenge you to boost that number!
  3. People of Mexican origin make up about two-thirds (35.3 million) of our nation’s Hispanics.
  4. As the number of U.S.-born Latinos rises, the number of new immigrants actually slows down.
  5. The diversity of Hispanic origin groups varies between major metropolitan areas. Along the East Coast, there is an obvious diversity of Hispanics than along the Southwest coast.
  6. Hispanics are the youngest of the major racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.
  7. Millennials make up almost half (44%) of the Hispanic electorate in 2016.
  8. Latinos make up the largest group of immigrants in most states.
  9. The 55% of Hispanic adults say they are Catholic but 16% are evangelical Protestants and 5 are mainline Protestants. *The number of Hispanic Catholics has actually declined since 2010.
  10. The share of Latinos in the U.S. who speak English proficiently is growing. Granted this is partially due to U.S.-born Latinos but let’s not split hairs.

I’d like to thank pewresearch.org for these facts and numbers. Find the original article here.

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World Alzheimer’s Day

alzheimers-books.jpgToday is World Alzheimer’s Day

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. So more than likely someone you know or love has the disease or will develop it. It’s unfortunate but you can be better prepared for what lies ahead.

Please stop by and check out our selection of books on Alzheimer’s and or Dementia. We also have an Alzheimer’s Support Group that meets here in the library every 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:30 – 3. You and your loved one are not alone. Visit alz.org for more info.

Posted in books, Information, Just for fun, Library, Online Services

Library Sign up Month

Did you know that with your library card, you can check out books, magazines, DVDs and even CDs? You also have access to our collection of E-books and E-magazines! We also have free Wi-Fi and computers for you to use. We also have a Seed library, which means you can get up to 5 packets of seeds for free.

To sign up for a library card, all need is your Driver’s license/ID with your current address and you can sign up today!

Don’t forget that we have Story Time for the little ones every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Studies show that children, who are read to in the home and who use the library, perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Hope to see you soon!

– Richard Burges Staff

Posted in All Ages, books, Just for fun, Library

National Read a Book Day

Today is National Read a Book Day! So grab a good book and relax. Always share the experience too! Maybe you could read to a group of children, your grandparents or maybe a shelter animal. It’s especially important to read as we age because it improves memory and concentration and it also reduces stress.

If you don’t have a book yet, stop by and check out our selection!

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