April 23, 2015

News Literacy: Why It Matters



  • Why is it important to evaluate the credibility of your news and information sources?
  • Should all information found on the internet be trusted?
  • When is misinformation dangerous?
  • What is news literacy and why should it matter to you?

Steven A. Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor from the University of Idaho School of Journalism and Mass Media, has answers. Join us for a revelatory lecture on Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 pm in Neill Public Library’s Hecht Meeting Room to hear Smith discuss the importance of being news literate in today’s new media world and share important techniques to help you discern the credibility of your news sources.


 

April 21, 2015

Explore the Palouse Heritage Collection.....

The Palouse Heritage Collection at Neill Public Library has a wide variety of materials about the Palouse.  We will be sharing some of the photos from the collection with you over the next few days and weeks, but don't just view the materials here.  Come down to the library and explore the Palouse Heritage Collection!
Six men stand on a bridge surveying the flood waters.

April 16, 2015

National Stress Awareness Day

STRESS!  STRESS!  STRESS!  Just the word itself can cause our hearts to beat a bit faster and our whole body to feel as though we’re about to topple from the proverbial cliff.  It’s everywhere, due to the hectic lifestyle we’ve created and find ourselves in more often than not. When was the last time you just did “nothing”?  Just sat, relaxed and breathed?  If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to do just that.

And here’s the good news! The library is here to help you de-stress! Yes!  We have a variety of resources to support your efforts to bring more calm and serenity to yourself and your life. Here are just a few:
The End to Stress as We Know It by Bruce McEwen
Stress Relief Yoga for Beginners (DVD)
Stress Reduction for Busy People by Dawn Groves
The Mindful Child:  How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder and More Compassionate by Susan Greenland
Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace by Brian Weiss (electronic resource)

Letting Go of Stress by Emmett Miller (CD)

Kathleen Ahern
Youth Services Librarian


April 14, 2015

Explore the Palouse Heritage Collection.....

The Palouse Heritage Collection at Neill Public Library has a wide variety of materials about the Palouse.  We will be sharing some of the photos from the collection with you over the next few days and weeks, but don't just view the materials here.  Come down to the library and explore the Palouse Heritage Collection!


The Palm Cafe ruined during the flood of 1910, relocated after the flood.

April 11, 2015

Harmonize It!

S.P.E.B.S.Q.S. A.  

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever heard four-part barber shop harmony? Well, 
S.P.E.B.S.Q.S. A. is the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, and today is a celebration of Barber Shop Quartet Day!  

It was on this day, April 11, 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma that S.P.E.B.S.Q.S. A. was founded to promote and preserve barbershop music as an art form.  The barbershop quartet, however, is by no means an American invention.  The idea dates back to men in Shakespearean England, as a type of in-house entertainment, often taking the form of a lutist playing a melody as three guests harmonized.  The same idea became popular in America in the west in the 1800's although the instrument was usually a banjo.


Today the society is known as the Barbershop Harmony Society and has 25,000 members in the United States and Canada, with similar organizations around the globe.  You might recognize the names of some of the Society's members over the years which include politicians such as President Harry S. Truman, and  Senators John Ashcroft (R-MO), Jim Jeffords (R/I-VT), and Trent Lott (D-MS), as well as Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX). It also includes actors Burl Ives, Ned Beatty, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, and a guy I hung out with on occasion at barbershop competitions in the Mid-Atlantic Region when we were teenagers, Mike Rowe. 

If you would like to learn anything more about the Society or its members, come down to the library and use our internet stations, or check out one of the following:  Harry S. Truman: America's 33rd President by Otfinoski; A Twinkle in Your Eye (sound recording) by Ives;  Memoirs of a Mangy Lover by Marx; Bing Crosby: A Pocketfull of Dreams the Early Years 1903-1940 by Giddins; or any of the Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe DVDs.

And if you ever have the opportunity to listen to a barbershop quartet or chorus, take a few minutes and enjoy this beautiful four-part a cappella music. It might just make you smile!