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Aug 02

Library News: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party & Resources

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on August 2, 2017 at 1:47 PM by Elizabeth Land

Book cover for American EclipseOn Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the continental US for the first time since 1918. Every state will see at least 60% of the Sun covered by the Moon. People on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a total eclipse, with the Moon briefly covering the Sun and day turning into night.

Special eclipse glasses or indirect viewing techniques are needed to look at the Sun safely during an eclipse. (Sun glasses are not acceptable.) Thanks to the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, free eclipse glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, beginning August 1 at the Tabb Library Youth Services desk. A library card is not needed to receive glasses, but there is a limit of one pair of glasses per household member. An adult can pick up glasses for their household at the Tabb Youth Services desk (no phone requests). Learn more about eclipse glasses on our Library News & Information page. For more information on the eclipse, visit NASA's Eclipse website or continue reading for library resources related to the eclipse.

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Jul 27

Music Notes: Tune in to these musical biographies

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM by Elizabeth Land

Notes from the Music Staff logoStaff Note: Notes from the Music Staff is a series of posts discussing what the library offers music fans. From our widely varied collection of music CDs to our nonfiction and fiction books covering all aspects of music, we've got something for everyone and we want to share our love of music with you!

Book cover for George Harrison Behind the Locked DoorThe Notes from the Music Staff column endeavors to share some interesting facts about music while highlighting some of our music collection. But we aren’t just fans of our musical offerings. We also love to read books about music, especially biographies of some of the fascinating musicians whose music we carry. This month, tune in to these recent and new biographies of your favorite musicians.

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Jul 27

Review: The Little Book of Hygge

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 27, 2017 at 12:03 PM by Elizabeth Land

Book cover for The Little Book of HyggeThere has always been interest in increasing happiness in the world. Heck, there has even been a research institute dedicated to figuring out which countries are happiest and why. So it's no surprise that among the books published on the topic is The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking. Written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, this small, easy-to-read tome endeavors to share the magic of a simple word — hygge.

Pronounced "hoo-ga," this little word is believed to be the reason that year after year, the people of Denmark are found to be the happiest people in the world. And with this book, Wiking promises to give you the keys to bringing a little of that happiness — a dash of hygge — into your own life.

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