Happy Easter Break!

From all of us at the Regina Library–have a warm and wonderful Easter Break! We’ll see you next week to help prepare for that last stretch of the semester–FINALS! 

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And it’s also…National Humor Month!

With the end of the semester soon approaching, you may be feeling the increased pressure that comes with finishing research projects and studying for finals. Before you get too stressed out, I have some good news for you. April is National Humor Month, which makes this the perfect time for you to take a few minutes out of your day for a chuckle.

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As you may already know, it’s been reported time and time again that laughter helps to reduce stress levels.  But, that’s not the only way laughter will benefit you during the final weeks of classes.  According to Discovery Communications and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, laughter may also help to boost your immune system, increase blood flow, reduce pain, enhance your coping skills, improve memory and creativity, and it may even help you to experience a more restful sleep.

 

So take some time this month to experience the benefits that come from laughter. The Regina Library has a large collection of movies and books that will tickle your funny bone.  Stop by and check some out.

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National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month gives you the chance to spend thirty days celebrating the imagery and the raw emotion of your favorite poems. The Academy of American Poets has 30 interesting and unique suggestions for how you can celebrate this month. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a poetry connoisseur or you haven’t read a poem since your last class assignment.

 

 

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 24, 2014 
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.

Read a book of poetry 
“Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.”

Memorize a poem 
“Getting a poem or prose passage truly ‘by heart’ implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight.”

Revisit a poem 
“America is a country of second acts, so today, why not brush the dust off these classics and give them a fresh read?”

Put poetry in an unexpected place
“Books should be brought to the doorstep like electricity, or like milk in England: they should be considered utilities.”

Bring a poem to your place of worship 
“We define poetry as the unofficial view of being, and bringing the art of language in contact with your spiritual practices can deepen both.”

Attend a poetry reading 
“Readings have been occurring for decades around the world in universities, bookstores, cafes, corner pubs, and coffeehouses.”

Play Exquisite Corpse 
“Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem.”

Read a poem at an open mic 
“It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community.”

Support literary organizations 
“Many national and local literary organizations offer programs that reach out to the general public to broaden the recognition of poets and their work.”

Listen on your commute
“Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work’s tone.”

Subscribe to a literary magazine 
“Full of surprising and challenging poetry, short fiction, interviews, and reviews, literary journals are at the forefront of contemporary poetry.”

Start a notebook on Poets.org 
“Poets.org lets users build their own personal portable online commonplace book out of the materials on our site.”

Put a poem in a letter
“It’s always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special.”

Watch a poetry movie
“What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet’s work after the film?”

 

Take a poem out to lunch
“Adding a poem to lunch puts some poetry in your day and gives you something great to read while you eat.”

Put a poem on the pavement 
“Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk.”

Recite a poem to family and friends 
“You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season.”

Organize a poetry reading 
“When looking for a venue, consider your local library, coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, bar or performance space.”

Promote public support for poetry
“Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America.”

Start a poetry reading group 
“Select books that would engage discussion and not intimidate the reader new to poetry.”

Read interviews and literary criticism
“Reading reviews can also be a helpful exercise and lend direction to your future reading.”

Buy a book of poems for your library 
“Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves.”

Start a commonplace book 
“Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books.”

Integrate poetry with technology 
“Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send.”

Ask the Post Office for more poet stamps 
“To be eligible, suggested poets must have been deceased for at least ten years and must be American or of American descent.”

Sign up for a poetry class or workshop 
“Colleges and arts centers often make individual courses in literature and writing available to the general public.”

Subscribe to our free newsletter
“Short and to the point, the Poets.org Update, our electronic newsletter, will keep you informed on Academy news and events.”

Write a letter to a poet
“Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter.”

Visit a poetry landmark
“Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work.”

 Hope many of you got to enjoy poetry night at the library last night as well! It was a wonderful event. :)

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Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Library!

Celebrate Women's History Month at the Library!

Stop in at the library for some great books by and about women, currently on display in the main foyer of the Regina Library!

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March 6, 2014 · 6:29 pm

March is National Nutrition Month!

If you’ve been up at the ERC this week, you might have noticed the new billboard celebrating National Nutrition Month! As this cold will hopefully melt away into a beautiful spring, it’s never too late to start thinking about what’s in your food. Remember, proper eating habits are the foundation for a happy and healthy life!

For more information (and materials you can share) check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month page.

You can also check out some great resources we have here at the library!

The care and feeding of your brain : how diet and environment affect what you think and feel (ebook)

The college student’s guide to eating well on campus

Contemporary nutrition

Chef Combo’s fantastic adventures in tasting & nutrition (Children’s)

And so much more! With ANOTHER blizzard on the way, grab something to read though this weekend, and think warm thoughts!!

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Check Out Our DVD’s!

You might have noticed the showcase of DVD’s we have available on your right when you enter the library on the way to the cafe. If you haven’t–take a look! There’s a great number of blockbuster films for everyone to enjoy, and the library does its best to keep up with popular films for you to take with you whenever you’d like.

Did you also know that our DVD collection spans BOTH walls of the reading room, located down the hall on the left of the cafe and then on your right? If you haven’t been to the reading room…its HUGE! There are so many DVDs there just waiting for you to watch! Please know though that blue ray and regular editions are being separated out for broader use, so if you have a great DVD in hand make sure to check it for blue ray if that’s something your player can’t accommodate.

With another weekend just hours away, stop in at the library and pick up some entertainment for you and your crew! DVD checkout is good for one week. :)

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Things to do on a snow day

Convinced we’ll all be stuck inside tomorrow? Ok, maybe, maybe not–but you know another snow day will show up eventually! Here is a great list of fun things to do while you’re stuck inside. Although some of these are just for kids, it might be fun to live youthfully for a day!

Snow day? 15 things to do when the kids are stuck at home in bad weather

By Geoff Herbert

  • Bake or cook. Bathing suit season isn’t for a few months, so your New Year’s resolutions can wait as you indulge in sweet treats or comfort foods that warm up the house (and your belly).
  • Get an early start on upcoming birthday or holiday cards. Christmas has already passed, but you can make notes and cards for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Grandma’s 76th, Administrative Professionals’ Day, and so on…
  • Fashion shoot. Play dress up with old Halloween costumes, take photos, crank up the dance music and have fun on the hallway runway.
  • Arts and crafts. Besides cards, you could make a birdfeeder (add peanut butter and seeds to any pine cone), paint a masterpiece, make your own Play-Dough or try other crafty ideas.
  • Clean the house. Putting away all those empty boxes, unplayed-with-toys, and dirty laundry will invigorate you and (if you’re lucky) exhaust the little ones to go down for nap time.
  • Play in the snow. You don’t have to stay inside just because the roads are bad. Get creative in the yard like “Calvin & Hobbes” with your snowman art or go sledding — but dress warmly and make sure s’mores and hot chocolate are ready to go after! Also, older kids looking to make a little extra money, can shovel the sidewalk at your or your neighbors’ house.
  • Make snow ice cream. Her View From Home suggests putting 4 cups of clean snow (or shaved ice) in waffle cones or cups and adding 1/2 cups of half & half or whole milk, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Blend the milk, sugar and vanilla together until the sugar dissolves, then mix it all together until it looks like ice cream. Add chocolate syrup, whipped cream and leftover holiday candy as toppings.
  • Puzzles. Going to pieces? Put them together.
  • Board games. Bored? Games like Monopoly, Life, Risk and chess can help with that.
  • Build a fort. Whether you want to build a fortress for an epic pillow fight or have tea inside a princess castle made out of blankets, a fort will keep the kids occupied and make you want to play along.
  • Computer games. Discovery Kids has lots of fun ones, including one where you can build a virtual roller coaster, PBS Kids lets younger ones play with Curious George and Daniel Tiger, and Nick Games has everything from Spongebob and the Power Rangers to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Video games. Between the Wii, Playstation Move and interactive games like Rock Band there’s plenty of arcade options at home to keep your kids moving.
  • Smartphone and tablet games. Check iTunes for free apps for your iPhone or iPad, or try Google Play for fun stuff to play on your Android mobile devices.
  • Make your own game. Play “Calvinball” with your own rules, or get creative online at AddictingGames.com, where you can build a robot, mix beats like a DJ or race cars.
  • Story time. Get cozy on the couch, by the fireplace if you’ve got one, and read to your kids.

 

And of course there’s always Pinterest for even more great ideas!

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