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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Random Thoughts

The dog days of summer are upon us and change is in the air so I'm finding it hard to focus.  Here are just a few of the things I've been thinking about this week.....

- I'm older than I thought.  Last weekend, I went to a Bowie Baysox baseball game and the Naval Academy freshman class was in attendance.  None of them sang along with Tom Cruise and Co. when the "You've Got That Lovin' Feeling" scene from Top Gun was shown on the centerfield scoreboard.  We soon realized that these kids weren't born until 1995 -- 9 years after that movie was released.  That also means no one in college these days was born pre-World Wide Web

- It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Club.  The deadline for sign-ups is August 11.  Kids and teens welcome!  So far, our summer readers have read over 45,000 books!

- Have you seen our new look?  MCPL's new website has been launched!  Enjoy our sleeker layout, easy-to-find answers to our most asked questions, new branch homepages, and a complete listing off all the ways you can can keep up with your favorite library system (Facebook, Twitter, Ask-a-Librarian, Apps, and more)!

- All summer long, royalty from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair have been visiting our branches, educating us about farm animals and the various art and craft exhibits.  Now it's time for the big payoff.  The 65th Annual Mongomery County Agricultural Fair kicks off this wFriday and lasts until August 17.  As their tagline goes, "There's plenty to see from A to Z!"

- Also next week, is the 17th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival for NIH Charities.  This is year, the festival is housed at the MCPS Board of Education Building on Hungerford Drive in Rockville.  With the new location comes a new (or perhaps old?) way of enjoying the festival: Drive-In style!

CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Baseball , Events , Websites , Libraries , Summer Reading , Movies
POSTED: 5:44:00 PM |

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Swoon or Fly High Through July?

For the first time in many years, baseball fans throughout Maryland and the DC Metro Area are finally getting a taste of what it feels like to have a winning team.  As of this writing, the Washington Nationals lead the National League East while the Balitmore Orioles are just a game out of first in the American League East.  While many are optimistic about the prospect of October baseball in our area, those who have been here before will tell you it'll take until after the All-Star break in mid-July until playoff fever can really set in.  Plenty of other teams have been here only to hit the proverbial June swoon, sinking in the standings and never recovering.  Others have hung in there until All-Star Game only to come back afterwards, unable to regain a footing.

If you haven't been to see either team yet, treat yourself to an evening at the ballpark.  You can see both teams go head-to-head in Baltimore the weekend of June 22-24 in round two of "the Battle of the Beltways."  If you can't make it in person, check out the teams from the comfort of your own living room on MASN, MASN2, or DC50 (check your local listings).  Not quite ready for the Majors?  There is plenty of Minor League fun to be had in our area as well.  The Frederick Keys and Bowie Baysox (Class A and Class AA affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles, respectively) as well as the Hagerstown Suns (Class AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals offer tons of fun for the whole family.  Even closer to home are the local teams of the Cal Ripken Collegiate League (Bethesda Big Train, Rockville Express, and Silver Spring/Takoma Park Thunderbolts, among others).

You can also get in the mood by checking out several baseball related titles at your local MCPL branch. 


All the Stars Came Out that Night                   King of the Mound                   Calico Joe    


For some mood music, check out our newest digital music resource, Freegal, and download some selections from the album Take Me Out to the Ballgame: America's Favorite Pastime in Song.  (Freegal also has songs from current artists including Adele and Gavin DeGraw.)

Chris Chris B.

CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Sports , Baseball , Music
POSTED: 3:10:00 PM |
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