Author Archives: Katie Carlson

Yacht Rock

Summer is here and I love to celebrate this weather by sitting outside on my deck, reading and listening to music. I love to listen Yacht Rock and pretend that I am a millionaire sitting on a yacht in the Caribbean with no worries whatsoever.

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Virtual Museums

Summer is a great time to travel but it’s not always feasible due to high gas and airfare prices or just simply not enough time. Well, don’t worry because there are places online that let you visit their museums and collections virtually. I have compiled a list with links to museums that either let you “walk around” the exhibits and look at all the things or let you can dive deep into their collections and archives.

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Schoolhouse Rock!

If you went to elementary school any time after 1973, you most likely have been greatly exposed to Schoolhouse Rock! Those catchy songs still play in many people’s heads when they multiply, recall the preamble of the constitution, how electricity works, or think of what a conjunction does.

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The Voyager Golden Records and Other Time Capsules

What sounds, music, and images would you like to preserve for thousands of years and be shot into space to perhaps inform extra-terrestrials of earth’s inhabitants? This was a question scientist Carl Sagan answered in 1977. With the help of NASA, a team of scientist sent up twin space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the year of 1977 to explore deep space. Voyager 1 is still operational and can receive and send signals back to Earth.

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READ Posters

 

 

If you have ever been in a public or school library, chances are you have seen at least one poster of a celebrity holding a book with the word “READ” shouting at you in text form. Or you may have seen our library’s own staff in their version of these READ posters during National Library Week.

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What Book? Where Common Sayings Come From

The other day, I was watching Law and Order: SVU. Some cop said “The judge is going to throw the book at him.” Which means that the judge is going severely punish the poor dude. It got to wondering what specific book the original phrase was based on, so I went on a hunt. This what I found on Writing Explained: “This expression originated in the first half of the 1900s. The book referenced in this idiom refers to a book of laws or rules. Therefore, the imagery of throwing a book at someone is one of a judge throwing a book of laws at a criminal as a punishment.”

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(At Least) One New Fact about Each President (Part 1!)

(Source: Sporcle)

President’s Day is Monday, February 21, 2022 and to celebrate the day, I sought out facts about the presidents that you may not have known of. I am not talking about the same boring facts everybody already quotes like how the Teddy Bear is named after Theodore Roosevelt or that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day on July 4th, 1826, and not even that Ronald Regan starred in a movie with a chimp named Peggy.

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Sunshine Pop

 

Gloomier days are ahead and while I love the aesthetics of a good, snowy day, I can still get the Winter Time Blues. One way I combat this is listen to music while I read or play video games. One genre I fall back on frequently is Sunshine Pop. It may seem like the antithesis of a winter’s day seeing as how it gets dark so early, but it really does help pep me up and get me in a better mood.

 

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