National Library Week: Extra Services

Yeah, this is why I like scheduling. Because I usually don’t have the brains to do something on the spur of the moment, and I don’t have the energy/motivation when working. I got two posts in my series for National Library Week.

I looked at my calendar though, and I see there is another Library literary event later in the year, so hopefully, I can put more effort into that week . . . if I plan. I’m going to do a couple more quickie list posts even though the week ends today.

Anyhow, here are some community services I found my library offered:

  • Immigrant services
  • Bookmobiles for kids and adults
  • Book mail and others services for those with disabilities
  • On site computer classes
  • Test prep classes
  • A student/bus/library combination card
  • Tax filing help
  • Scholarships

What I’ve Knit Recently

An Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief made with copper colored Knit Picks Diadem for a friend with an autumn birthday.

Matching baby and toddler knit dresses for the same friend’s little girls. I used a cardigan pattern as a loose guide, but I also was figuring things out as I went along (hence why the sleeves aren’t as striped; I didn’t want to have to end in the middle of a stripe or not on the third stripe; I should have calculated the stripe size based on the sleeve lengths). Eventually I want to do these patterns again and work out the issues and then I’ll post here and on Ravelry.

I knit this seed stitch scarf (I knit it long enough to be an infinity scarf and added buttonholes) ages ago and had it blocked and ready for when I could purchase the perfect buttons. I finally ordered these darling flowers (when you order, pick the “with hook” option and then make a note to seller that you would like the hooks on the bottom like shank buttons).

Baby blanket #1 (there will be at least 4 this year for 4 family babies!!!). I just made this pattern up; one square basket weave, one square garter, one square moss, and one square seed stitch. I already had this started and had my fingers crossed one of my cousins would have a boy, and sure enough.

National Library Week: Media

I want to do a post a day for National Library Week, but that is a bit of a stretch which is why this is so late.

Everyone knows much of the media available at libraries, but some of the types of media and some of ways we can access these media can be overlooked or underutilized.

I found my public library system to be in some respects as useful or more useful than my University library in college. Some of the books I needed could be obtained there. A local newspaper’s historical editions was available digitally at the public library while at the University available only on microfilm.

I loved discovering my library’s “Suggest a Purchase” option (often that means when you suggest a book, you automatically have it reserved); even some of my “obscure” books were purchased.

I’ve loved re-discovering interlibrary loans (need to pick that up; my interlibrary loan list is growing!).

I just noticed my libraries eMagazine button, I think it might be new.

If your library has more types or more formats of the same types, please share!

Books:

  • paper (with options to suggest a purchase and to request an interlibrary loan from libraries all across the nation!)
  • eBooks
  • audiobooks in three formats (C.D.’s, Playaways, and digital)

Newspapers:

  • paper
  • digital
  • digitally scanned historical

Periodicals:

  • journals
  • online journal databases
  • magazines
  • eMagazines

Audio-visual

  • movies on D.V.D.’s (mine has a FAR better selection than Netflix)
  • (your library may have; mine doesn’t but maybe in the future) digital streaming through Kanopy
  • music on C.D.’s
  • digital music
  • sheet music

Lectures

  • D.V.D and C.D. courses (e.g. The Great Courses)
  • links to tons of sites with free lectures

National Library Week

Modern Mrs. Darcy linked up to a literary holiday list which sent me off to find a more full list (here) which I used to fill out my calendar. I wanted to do some posts on this, and I’ve wanted to utilize my library system better; I’ve been slowly discovering more and more services, but this has only been recently even though I’ve had access to this library for ages. So, I’m going to do a series of posts on my library system.

My library history:

I grew up in an idyllic “small-town” city. The population when we left was between six to eight thousand (it is a little over eight now). I think we had three decent sized libraries in our library system, and we used two of these. We left right around when the library started switching to computers, I think, maybe? Anyway, these libraries had plenty of books for children, tweens, and young teens plus a nice interlibrary loan capacity. I wasn’t an adult when we used this system, so I don’t know how it would feel now.

We then moved to the suburbs of the largest city in our state for two years. This city is not in but is close to the top 20 most populous in the U.S. (although swallowing farms, suburbs, and small towns to increase city limits is an interesting way to increase size). We lived less than 10 minutes from two of the eighteen libraries in this system although we only used one then (I think there may have been a few less then, but there have been more in the past). This is a Carnegie library system (! I just found this out recently; so cool). I was still too young and limited (we really did not have much computer knowledge then) to fully appreciate everything this system had plus I was in my reading mental drama period.

Then we moved to our current location, a “city” of well under 2,000. This library system was a shock; one tiny, tiny library with a scarily small parking lot (lots of driving fear here) with no funds for many interlibrary loans; the library has recently massively increased in size although not in content. This is NOT the library I mention when talking of my library, but I do want to include it in this week, and I want to set a week or a month to see how much I can find to read there.

I live in a commuter county next to the city I used to live in. I work, visit, and shop in the outer suburbs of the city which takes 20-40 minutes depending on where I go, the route I take, etc. I’ve only ever driven downtown once in my entire life (although I’ve been more than once, but not often), and that took almost a decade of driving to accomplish (but I need to drive downtown at least a couple more times to get to the historic main library with all the archives and such! Maybe next year for library week?). I bring my pay-stub to show I pay taxes (because of work), so I can get a library card. If I didn’t work in the city, I could (and would) pay a fee. If you live outside a big city, I suggest you see if you have similar options.

I just like going over memories and trying to put everything in context. The public library system was a huge part of my childhood, especially since I was home-schooled.

What I Accomplished in March

My goal lists are not concrete, and I’m trying to focus on the positive, so for now at least I’m going to focus on what I did accomplish even if not many of the exact goals were reached

  • Had a decent job/career month
  • Made great strides in the financial category
  • Sold shoes on Poshmark (I should have made one of my goals for this year to finish all reselling)
  • Finished baby boy cousin’s blanket
  • Started baby girl cousin #1’s baby blanket
  • Bought buttons and finished red scarf
  • Read 6 new-to-me books
  • Re-read 5 books
  • Got a 6 month full Ancestry.com account
  • Made a beautiful and delicious Easter cake

2nd Quarter Goals

Finances

  • Purchase TEFL training and work on other goals

Career

  • Obtain TEFL certification and work on other goals

Health

  • Work on diet, Habits Chart, and other goals

Personal Development

  • Get to 75% on Duolingo and work on a plan for further study
  • Work on soft skills training
  • Study accounting and math
  • Make a dent in my Craftsy and Creative Bug classes

Travel/Explore

  • Explore my state
  • Take some outings with my grandparents
  • Plan some longer trips
  • Learn more about/try if possible travel hacking

Others

  • Spend quality time with family, especially without Internet
  • Finish gifts, give gifts on time, and plan for Christmas

Homemaking/Holidays

  • Work on organizing and streamlining paperwork and files
  • Stash bust craft supplies/use up some toiletry items/participate in minimalist challenges to organize
  • Work on room design and wardrobe

Sewing/Making

  • Make a dent in related Craftsy and Creative Bug classes
  • Work on knitting and sewing to use up all my stashes and to finish projects
  • Work on sewing pattern organization

Reading

  • Read 25-30 new-to-me books
  • Finish all the books I have borrowed as of 3/26 and read 4 of my own unread books

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday.

1. Murder Must Advertise (I love Lord Peter but dislike most of the short stories; some are the most disturbing murder mysteries I’ve ever read)
2. Austenland (I think I liked the main guy [I liked him in the movie, so maybe this is cheating] but the descriptions were so gross)
3. Twilight series (I liked Jacob but have a like/shame relationship with the books)
4. I Will Repay (I liked the Scarlet Pimpernel, but I think this is one when he plays a significant shadow role)
5. Eragon (Murtagh)
6. House of Many Ways (I don’t like the Howl’s Moving Castle sequels, but I loved Howl)
7. The Sign of Four (I disliked this but I like Sherlock Holmes)
8. The Inheritance (this is cheated a bit, but I disliked the overwrought novel but loved the movie and all the characters therein)
9. Anne of Ingleside (the most boring Anne books, but I like most of the main characters . . . in the other books)
10. The Hunger Games trilogy (I have a like/hate relationship with the books, but I like Finnick and Peeta)

Spring Bucket List

~Get/make a cute baby gift for my brother and sister-in-law’s gender reveal party

~Take several hiking and day trips

~Make this macaroni and cheese

~Go outside more

~Go fruit and berry picking

~Make some Spring treats

~Swim

~Re-read the Penderwicks in time for the new book

~Make an Easter dress

~Splurge on (and use) watercolor and calligraphy supplies

Opinion-y Opinioners

I posed a serious post on , and then I saw this. Oh, I love Blimey Cow videos; they have been so spot on lately, but in such a funny way. I’ve got to have a leetle sarcasm in between practicing to eventually in the distant future have half-way decent interpersonal skills.

 

 

10 Questions to Consider Before Addressing a Controversial or Sensitive Subject

If the answer to any of these is “no,” please stop right there and re-evaluate and be quiet.

  1. Is your desire to add a layer of concrete information or analysis?
  2. Are your emotions in check and are you well aware you might me wrong?
  3. Are you addressing a specific, well-defined, and significant issue?
  4. Are you an important voice for your sphere or forum?
  5. Is the issue or your understanding of it unique?
  6. Can you clearly define the error?
  7. Will you use formal and informal logic, scholarly resources, and critical reasoning with good interpersonal communication skills to address the error and point other people towards helpful resources?
  8. If there is good, will you acknowledge it?
  9. If someone offers a valid counter-point or counter-argument will you answer it?
  10. Are you going to change or align your own life with your views (not merely tell others how to act)?

Little Women Blog Party Tag

I’m joining Molly Rebekah’s A Ramble Through the Woods Little Women blog party; Abby from Lavender Spring is her co-host. I think the focus is mainly on the 1994 film version, so that is how I will be answering the tag questions (also, I strongly advise listening to the soundtrack Molly uploaded whilst answering the questions). I’m a glutton for punishment; Jo and Laurie’s ending is one of the most devastating storylines in literature.

1.) Is there anything from the book that you wish were in the movie?
Well, I wish nothing had been changed (that I liked; I would totally be okay with the directors putting Laurie and Jo together). The John and Meg proposal scene is one of my favorite proposals in literature. I love the chapter “Secrets” and the ensuing results (note: the Anne of Avonlea movie plagiarizes part of this chapter as well as other parts of Little Women; I’ve been meaning to go into that into more detail, and I even purchased the screenplay just for that purpose . . . one day, one day).

2.) If you could change one point of the plot, which would it be?
I think we all know my answer to this one. Jo and Laurie. I think I need to re-read and devote an entire post to this.

3.) In Chapter 13, the March sisters and Laurie talk about “Castles in the Air,” basically their unrealistic but lovely hopes and dreams. What is your castle in the air?
I’m pretty sure mine is basically like Meg’s.

4.) What would you most like to see in a new adaptation of Little Women, whether in book or film? Any specific actors, setting, or time period changes?
An accurate portrayal with actors and actresses the CORRECT ages (most of those girls looked way too old or weren’t even girls anymore). I would prefer better costumes, they were very underwhelming.

5.) What is your favorite dress from the movie?
The peach one Amy wears when she gets her letter about Beth. This one; I cannot for the life of me find a better photo that shows the lovely skirt. I also love her hair style.

6.) Which March sister(s) do you relate to most?
I’m probably like all of them, except Beth. I have Jo’s temperament with Meg’s domesticity and wishes and Amy’s taste and some of her wishes.

7.) Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Little Women?
I like parts of 90’s film (music and Laurie) and part of the 30’s one (most accurate John and Meg proposal scene).

8.) What is your favorite quote from Little Women? (Movie quotes count!)
Hard to pick and I’m too lazy to get out of bed, walk two steps and grab the book, and peruse it. So I will grab a light one from Goodreads and hope it is accurately quoted.

“Jo’s nineteen hair-pins all seemed stuck straight into her head, which was not exactly comfortable; but, dear me, let us be elegant or die!”

9.) Do you have a favorite scene from Little Women?
I’m going to go by book “scenes.” The proposal as before mentioned; the whole saga of Jo submitting her story/Laurie’s secret as before mentioned; the picnic . . . yeah the book is better.

10.) Aside from the March sisters, who is your favorite character from the story?
Um, LAURIE!!!!!!! I do like John Brooke in the book though, the movie doesn’t get him at all right.

 

My AncestryDNA Results

I ordered my AncestryDNA test during the Black Friday sale and then in January received a notification that I would have to send a new sample (I got a free second kit), so people, the instructions on the package are NOT STRICT ENOUGH. My email (after the AncesteryDNA people couldn’t retrieve my results) stated to wait 1 hour after drinking, eating, smoking, brushing teeth, and chewing gum (or is that my extra precaution for gum-chewers?).

The box only says 30″ for eating and drinking. I cannot remember doing ANY of those things listed in the email (I don’t smoke, and I almost never chew gum). The only thing I can think I did was brush my teeth . . .which was not prohibited on the box’s instructions. I made sure and waited over an hour for all the email items the second time. Moral of the story, go above and beyond what the box says to save yourself time (especially because I don’t know how many free boxes you can get before having to pay again).

I mailed the second box around the middle of January, I think. I received my AncestryDNA results around the middle of February (not too long to wait considering I thought I might have to wait until the middle of March). I have to say I was spot on (not that that was difficult knowing what I know of history and my genealogy . . . or what anyone knows of history and U.S. genealogy :/).

Here were my predictions:

~60-70% British
~30-40% Western Europe (Germany and Switzerland for me specifically because I know)
~Above average (0.19%) African American
~Average (0.18%) or below Native American
~Wondering about European Jewish?

I realize anything less than 1% isn’t going to show on the test, but I really don’t have anything in my family stories to safely assume anything more. The alleged Native American ancestor was quite far back plus I saw a photo, she looks European to me. And my European percentages are variable because like I said, ancestry doesn’t equal exact ratio. And my Dad’s history is empty of immigrants after the 18th century, so I assume a massive if not entirely British heritage from that fact and their locations.”

Bear in mind that Ancestry.com points out in this article that the average modern Brit’s results include: “36.94% British (Anglo Saxon), 21.59% Irish (Celtic) and 19.91% Western European (the region covered today by France and Germany)” and the article also points out significant Scandinavian results in the UK which I think might explain mine since I have zero reason to believe of Scandinavian American ancestry (meaning it was a VERY long time ago). Granted, my British ancestors came in the early 18th century (also covered in the results), and the genetic results for the British now may be more mixed.

Here are my results:

Yeah, boring, I know.

I did find the migrations interesting. I love to see pieces of history I’ve learned from different sources match up. Also, I signed up for matches, and I have over 1,000 4th cousin or closer* matches and over half of these people have family trees. I want to look into joining DNA circles also. The DNA page states that testing parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles increases the ability to properly place one’s matches in one’s family tree.

I have a tree I filled out with my grandparents’ collected information during two free trials, but I want to wait to get a membership on sale and purchase some DNA tests for my parents and grandparents. I also want to see if I can cross-reference my results on other ancestry websites. I’ll have to see what I can do now. Many of my matches don’t have familiar names or don’t even have full names listed, but I have had two contact me (both are from the most well-documented branch of the family, the ones that came over most recently, which for us isn’t very recently, late 19th century).

*Most of the very close ones will be 1st/2nd/3rd cousin many times removed. I printed out this cousin chart to try to understand confusing cousin terminology terms.