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Van Alstyne Library News & Notes

Get your trivia team together and register at the library for the Quiz Bowl on March 6. This fun event will be held at 5 p.m. and is the project of Taylor Benson, a senior at Van Alstyne High School. Your team should consist of 2-4 members. The entry fee is $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library. Come out and have some fun.

“A key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change.” This statement by artist and author Maryanne Radmacher resonated with me so much I bought a plaque with the quote and hung it on the wall in the library over a year ago. I was reminded of it again while I was watching one of the morning news shows this week. The guest was an executive with a large company and he was discussing what it takes for new college graduates to get a job in the digital age. He said that the knowledge graduates come to the table with is important, but what is more important is the candidate for the job showing a desire to learn new technology as the needs of people change. He also said they should be flexible in their approach to work assignments.

The ever-changing needs of the customers means continuous learning is a necessity for people looking for employment. The experience you have from a similar job is still expected on the resume’, but showing how you continue your education is every bit as important. This is where your public library can be beneficial. Use the resume’ and cover letter writing software we have here to give you the keywords employers will look for in considering you for the next step. Read our journal articles to find out the latest in research and development in the field where you want to work. Read our newspapers to learn about the trends in your chosen industry. Learn; then learn some more.

I am excited to tell you we have just confirmed a great end of summer performer for August 1. As with last year, we will partner with the Howe Community Library for this fun family event. “Dinosaur George” is coming…a paleontologist and animal behaviorist with more than 35 years of study and research. (Dinosaur George) Blasing is a public speaker, writer and television personality who has appeared live to more than 2 million people and has lectured in more than 2,800 museums, schools and public events. He is the writer, co-creator and host of the Jurassic Fight Club on the History Channel. With his latest program, Museum in the Classroom, Blasing is now able to bring an entire museum to his (library) visits. I hope you’ll make plans to join us.

Mardi Gras will be upon us next week. While I know it means big parades and parties in some cities, especially New Orleans, I did not really know anything else about it. Like any good librarian I did a little research. Here is what I found out.

Mardi Gras is French for Shrove Tuesday, which most of us know as Fat Tuesday. In years gone by, when everyone was ruled by the laws of the Catholic Church, the time of Lent meant a lot of fasting. Fat Tuesday was the last day to eat, drink, and be merry to excess before those days of holiness and not eating. The carnivals and parades are not necessarily new events; in most countries they started in t

he Middle Ages. (Source: Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition. Sep2013, p1-1. 1p.) Shrove Tuesday is determined by counting backwards 47 days from Easter Sunday.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.