Nanowrimo!

Calling all writers!

November is TOMORROW (can you believe it?) and National Novel Writing Month (or nanowrimo, for you savvy participants) starts at midnight.

Have you ever had a book you wanted to write, but never had the initiative or support? Look no further than Nanowrimo–you can create an account for free, and during the month keep track of your progress as you strive to write 50,000 words in a single month.

Think you’ve got what it takes to dish out a novel in thirty days? Take the challenge, and let us know how it goes!

For more information and to get your novel prepped, head over to nanowrimo.org, and good luck! Keep an eye open for a Nanowrimo display…coming soon!

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ERC Closed for Memorial

The ERC will be closed on Saturday, October 25th, as library staff attends the memorial of Nita Van Zandt. Regina library will be open regular hours during this time to serve your library needs.

For those of you who may have crossed paths with Nita, here is her obituary, courtesy of Davis Funeral Home of Nashua:

Nita Van Zandt

Birth Date: 10/01/1949
Death Date: 10/14/2014

Nita Van Zandt of Nashua passed away on October 14 at age 65. She was the only child of Bryce Johnson and Evelyn (Plucar) Johnson.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James Van Zandt, and their daughter Tracy Van Zandt of Woburn MA.

Nita earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wichita State University, and her master’s degree in literature and writing from Rivier University. She taught writing at Rivier, and worked as a research librarian at the Rivier library for over 10 years. She was a voracious reader on wide-ranging subjects, from drawing and meditation to survival stories and fantasy. Nita was an avid traveler, enjoying trips with her family and friends to destinations near and far—including national parks, Montreal, Banff, Vancouver, Alaska, Paris, and several long stays in London.

She dedicated much of her time in recent years to art, honing her sketching skills and experimenting with watercolors, collage, and painting. She frequently pulled out her sketch pad to document small everyday moments at home and on her journeys. Nita was an extraordinary wife, mother, and friend, and moved through life with great curiosity, a willingness to explore, and an appreciation of small things. She was an inspiration to her family and friends, and the way she lived her life will leave a lasting legacy—she will be dearly missed. SERVICES: A Memorial Service to celebrate Nita’s life will be held at The First Church U.C.C. (Congregational), One Concord St., Nashua, at 10:00 on Saturday, October 25, with reception to follow. Her family asks that, instead of flowers, remembrances be made to the Kripalu Center, 57 Interlaken Rd., Stockbridge, MA 02162.

The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements. For further details, or to submit photos or comments, see Nita’s page at http://www.davisfuneralhomenh.com.

Nita’s blog with her artwork may be found at http://inktracks.blogspot.com/.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

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Columbus Day Weekend Hours

Hello Raiders!

With a holiday weekend coming up, the library will be hosting special hours. Please take note so you’re not caught off guard! Wishing you an excellent three day weekend. :-)

This weekend Regina Library will be open the following hours:

 

Friday, October 10:                                        8 am – 8 pm

Saturday, October 11:                                   9 am – 6 pm

Sunday, October 12:                                      11 am – 11 pm

Monday, October 13 (Columbus Day):      12 noon - 12 am

 

The ERC will be closed Saturday, October 11 – Monday, October 13 and will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, October 14.

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RIP Robin Williams

As the world grieves the loss of one of the greatest comedic actors of our time, we are reminded of how precious life can be. Robin Williams gave the greatest gift a person can give to the world–laughter. If you would like to enjoy his work, but don’t have any of the DVD’s, stop into the library and check some out here. Some samples of what is currently available:

Good morning, Vietnam

Dead Poets Society

Aladdin

Night at the museum

August Rush

CW, CBS And Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party - Arrivals

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 29: Actor Robin Williams attends the CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 summer TCA party on July 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images)

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Are you happier?

Recently the Pope issued a series of tips on how to be happy–what do you think, Raiders? You can find the original article here.

The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On

In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences.

The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people to one’s own religion.

But his number one piece of advice came in the form of a somewhat cliche Italian phrase that means, “move forward and let others do the same.” It’s basically the Italian equivalent of, “live and let live.” You can check out the full list below.
The Pope gives a thumbs up to an audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
The Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

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Check Out Our New Hampshire Display!

Hi Raiders!

Have you been to the library recently? If not, come on by! We have air conditioning and lots of computers. We also have a great display up currently showcasing our wonderful home state, New Hampshire! Think you know all there is about the granite state? Are you from out of town and want to know more?

Look no further than the Regina Library! Some examples of books currently on display for check out are:

New Hampshire curiosities : quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff

The nature of New Hampshire : natural communities of the Granite State

The archaeology of New Hampshire : exploring 10,000 years in the Granite State

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photo retrieved from http://tcktcktck.org/2013/01/brook-new-hampshire-photo/42525

 

See you soon!

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Work Study Opportunities @ the Library

Do you qualify for work study? Not sure? Be sure to check with payroll to see if you do, because if so we’re looking for good candidates to help us in both libraries for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year!

For information on openings at the Regina library, contact Pam Richardson at prichardson@rivier.edu.

For information about openings at the Educational Resource Center, contact Shana Chartier at schartier@rivier.edu until August 25th. After that you can contact Shawna Smith with inquiries into available time slots.

To get an idea of what a work study job with the library might entail, here is a job description for the ERC:

Department:
Educational Resource Center Library

Supervisor:
Shana Chartier, ERC Librarian, schartier@rivier.edu

Position Title:
Educational Resource Center (ERC) Student Employment;

Job Description:
The ERC is looking for student assistants to perform a variety of daily tasks including: assisting library patrons at the main desk with circulation functions such as checking items in and out, retrieving course reserve materials, answering and transferring phone calls, etc. Students will complete a variety of organizational tasks each hour, such as arranging returned items by call number, refilling printer paper, straightening up chairs, tidying up project areas, etc. Additionally, students may be asked to help with special projects as needed.

Qualifications/Skills Needed:
Qualifications include: exceptional customer service attitude, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, reliability and punctuality, ability to follow directions.

Application Instructions/Deadline:
Please send resume and application to schartier@rivier.edu for consideration.

Number of Students Needed: 2-3

Number of Hours per Week per Student: 9 maximum

Current openings:
Mondays 9-10AM, 12-1PM, 2-6PM, 8-9PM
Tuesdays 10AM-1PM, 2-3PM
Wednesdays 9-10AM, 2-3PM
Thursdays 10AM-1PM, 6-8PM
Fridays 9-10AM, 12-1PM
Saturdays 10AM-3PM

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