Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Touted as the world's biggest search engine, Cuil was unveiled on July 28th and has plans to rival Google.
New Search Engine Takes Aim at Google
See Yahoo story here. Try a few of your searches and see if you like the results and share your comments here with others.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Randy Pausch died today at his home in Chesapeake Virginia. He was 47.
Carnegie Mellon page of Randy's Last Lecture.
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has just launched a new site which will list cultural events throughout northern Maine. This will be a wonderful place to begin your search for things to do in our area. Everyone is encouraged to submit information about their events to get them posted to the calendar. Visit the site and click on the "submit an event" link. Also check out the listings and the calendar to find local arts events.
Aroostook's Cultural Events site
Thursday, July 24, 2008
55th Class Reunion PIHS Class of '53
We were really delighted when the Presque Isle High School Class of '53 President, Earl Adams, contacted us to see if class members could visit the library while they were back in town for their 55th class reunion on July 19th.
Luckily our art gallery had a beautiful display of paintings by Richard Clark which were set up in preparation for the opening reception on Friday, July 25th from 6-8.
30 Most Incredible Abstract Satellite Images of Earth
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and serves from October to May. In making the appointment, the Librarian consults with former appointees, the current Laureate and distinguished poetry critics. The position has existed under two separate titles: from 1937 to 1986 as "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress" and from 1986 forward as "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry." The name was changed by an act of Congress in 1985."
Kay Ryan has recently been appointed the 16th Poet Laureate of the US. This position is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and the person serves from October to May. The recipient receives a $35,000 annual stipend.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
On Saturday and Sunday we held our annual book and bake sale and raised over $460 for the library. Library staff members worked hard to make the sale a success. We want to thank everyone who assisted with the sale by either volunteering to help staff the tables and collect money, move books and tables, or by bringing in a baked good for the food table.
The library also had a float in the Potato Blossom Parade in Fort Fairfield and volunteers and staff worked hard to decorate and make the float a success. Mimi the Mime was there handing out candy to parade watchers.
We also had the Presque Isle High School Class of 1953 visit the library for their 55th class reunion. Local historian Dena Winslow was the guest speaker and she gave a wonderful presentation on the Lynching of Jim Cullen.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow is exactly as the title suggests. It is the final lecture given by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He delivers this last lecture after being diagnosed with a terminal disease. Oddly enough, the book isn't really sad, but is actually life affirming. This is a beautiful book that makes one stop and reflect on life.
If you love reading about expeditions to Mount Everest then the following books are definitely for you: Nick Heil's Dark Summit and Lincoln Hall's Dead Lucky. Both present remarkable tales of what it takes to tackle Mt. Everest and the risks that all those who climb are willing to take to get to the top.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
It is defined as "a small book containing ballads, poems, tales, or tracts" by Merriam-Webster online dictionary.