Category: Random

OMGosh. When did a new year begin?

Cathy from Chili here!
Apparently on January 1st. That’s news to me. Guess I should look at a calendar or something:) So what do you plan to do with your new year? Apparently I should plan on getting out my calendar!
My sister wants to train with me to run a HALF-MARATHON!! I’m petrified! Have you ever done anything that absolutely terrifies you?

So my questions for you are:
1. Do you have any new year’s resolutions? If so what are they?
2. Is there anything that absolutely terrifies you?


Ray Bradbury turned 91 last Monday.  The writer who says he was “raised in libraries” wrote a work of genius warning of a future in which books are so dangerous that they are  burned. Where did he write it? In a library, of course, at UCLA, working on a rented typewriter.”  (LA Times 8/25/11)

Reading this, I think that I received my first library card when I was five.  Ms. Borrie, the librarian, had to see that I could write my name.  She and the other librarians at the Highland Branch put up with my sisters and I going to the library daily for years and years. They gave us book recommendations, friendly smiles and wonderful programs. They encouraged and helped my sisters when we were in search of what to do with our lives. Two of us eventually became pages (shelving books) in high school and then clerks (checking out books) while we were in college. They were an integral part in helping us chose our careers. Librarians! I’m a teen librarian and my sister is an adult librarian. My youngest sister must have read books that were a lot more impressive than the ones her big sisters read because later in September she will be presenting her dissertation to her peers so that she can finally have her PhD in experimental Nuclear Physics. That’s right. Without libraries (and our parents) I don’t think that we could have ever gotten as far as we did.

Now it your turn! How about you guys?  Anyone feel like they’ve “raised in the library?” Anyone want to be raised in the library? What do you think your librarian should do that would help you and guide you along your way?

What’s Livingston squawking about?

Sorry Livingston, this bird’s got as much right to the books as you have.

Oh no, I think not. He’s hopping mad to get to the library so he can pick up books to take with him on vacation.

Do you think he’ll let me borrow his card?

Somehow by the look on his face, I think the answer is no.

Name:  Super Seymour

Bio:  Super Seymour lived in China as a celebrated spirit of wealth and fortune.  He was an avid thief, specializing in food and books.  He traveled to America, hearing that there was a surplus of both.  He made his headquarters in a small town known as Brockport, New York.  On a late night raid in the Brockport Seymour Library, he was discovered by a group of teen volunteers who were having an all-night sleepover.  He was welcomed to stay, which meant he could stop his thieving ways.  He only needed one thing, a library card.  He could borrow all of the books he wanted for free.  He even got his own iPhone, to download ebooks and to listen to his favorites, Eminem, Beastie Boys and Usher.  He’s perfectly happy living on the Mountain Dew, pizza crusts and Pocky leftover from teen programs.  He likes to hang out with his friends in the BRATS and the TLC.  The library teens liked him so much, they decided to make him their mascot, a position he will hold for the rest of eternity.

Who could this be?

Has Little Bunny Foo Foo gone rogue?

Sir Jeffrey Charles Blücher is a bunny from the town of Reading, located on Library Island.  He has size 10 feet and his best friend is a cat named Sir Reads-a-lot.  He loves to eat blueberry jelly, which gives him his brilliant color.  His favorite drink is Starbucks coffee.  He can often be found sitting in a giant comfy chair, playing Scrabble or reading. He is currently re-reading Harry Potter #7.

Who on earth is this?

And his friends seem sort of familar? Hmmm… maybe I should look it up in a book! Can I borrow yours?

Global, the Mascot of the Teen Space at the Phillis Wheatley Library
Name: Global
Library of Origin: Phillis Wheatley Library
Global doesn’t remember how the Phillis Wheatley Library came to be home.  For Global the decision stay as the mascot was easy. Teens come from all over Rochester, NY to use this Library and they love Global.  .  Their homes of origin are from all over the world.  ” I look like the world” says Global,  ”So I will stay and  represent you!”  Global always carries a favorite book and loves to be squeezed.

And who is this little one?

Why hello there little one! Who are you? Make sure not to get stuck in a rain storm! You might zap that cute hair of yours!

Highland Branch Library Mascot
Name:  Sampson
Bio:  Sampson was born with an eye defect where one eye was bigger than the other.  As a teenager, all the other robots made fun of him for being different.  So he begged his mom and dad to let him have surgery to fix his eye.  Unfortunately, he went to a doctor who didn’t speak robot, so instead of fixing the problem he made it worse.  So Sampson and his family came to Earth and ended up at the Highland Branch hoping to find new information about eye surgery and a new doctor.  While he was there he found a lot of great books he wanted to read and discovered that he could read longer and faster with his huge eye.  So he decided to keep his eye the way it was.
Favorite Books: Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Spin: The Story of Michael Jackson by Sherry O’Keefe
Favorite Movie: I, Robot
Favorite Song: Mr. Roboto
Favorite Food: Nuts and bolts

Seriously. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has an article on their website on how to protect yourself from the zombie apocalypse. …

Seriously, its in case of a catastrophic event. Still, it gets you thinking and planning, doesn’t it?

Here’s some of the ways the CDC says you can protect yourself. And even though I’m pretty sure that there’s no chance the zombies are going to get us, its really better to be safe.

Better Safe than Sorry

Photo: Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.

So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

Dear 16 year old me

This seems totally appropriate for our wonderful weather. This is not meant to frighten or terrify you, but seriously people. DO NOT go outside without putting on sunscreen and under NO CIRCUMSTANCES go out tanning. Please Please Please. Watch this. This video is about people who were diagnosed or have family who died from Melanoma. We don’t think about this. Yeah, we know not to smoke. Smoking causes cancer. But who thinks about putting on sunscreen when hanging outside? Please think about it now.

You can learn more details about Melanoma here:
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
Melanoma can appear on normal skin, or it may begin as a mole or other area that has changed in appearance. Some moles that are present at birth may develop into melanomas.