It’s National Library Week! Join us to celebrate on Thursday, April 17 @ 1 pm in the Library. Janet Gesme and Travis Allen will be providing beautiful cello music, and we’ll cut a cake baked by Cascade Culinary School students at 1:30. Hope to see you there!
Need some relaxing and non-distracting music to listen to while you study? Check out Naxos, a streaming music service available through the Library. You’ll find lots of great options for music to accompany your school work!
It’s technically spring, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it by our recent weather. Spring and its (eventual) warmer temperatures will mean an increase in bird activity. So, it’s the perfect time for us to be trying out a new online resource - the Birds of North America Online. This is a comprehensive, richly illustrated resource for all the information you need about any kind of North American bird. Check it out today and let us know what you think about adding this resource to our Library: http://www.cocc.edu/library/trials/.
While it’s not at all unusual to find homebrew discussed in the pages of today’s newspapers (and on numerous blogs, Twitter feeds, and Facebook posts), Central Oregon’s homebrew scene in 1922 was a little different. Namely, it was illegal. The March 16, 1922 edition of the Bend Bulletin reports that five search warrants resulted in the seizure of two small bottles of suspected homebrew.Charges were pending, following a chemical analysis.
No chemical analysis was needed in the case that same week of a Bend man who was stopped on the Dalles-California Highway (that’s Hwy 97) with a burlap bag containing a gallon jar of moonshine in his car. The driver, who attempted to hide the evidence by breaking the jar (hoping that the alcohol would evaporate and destroy the proof, so to speak) eventually pleaded guilty and paid a $50 fine.
And, here’s a little trivia, it wasn’t until 2013 that homebrewing became legal in all 50 states.
Finals are upon us, and that means it’s time for stress-free finals activities. As in the past, we’ll have therapy dogs in the Library TODAY from 12-2 pm and 7-8 pm.
We’ll also have extended hours this weekend, with coffee and snacks, courtesy of Student Life, to keep you fueled up:
Friday, March 14: 8 am - 9 pm
Saturday, March 15: 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday, March 16: 10 am - 9 pm
Other stress-free finals activities are on the Student Life activities page.
Stressed about those upcoming finals? Check out this short video with some helpful test-taking tips.
Prizes for Potatoes. Nope, it’s not the latest Library contest. It was a contest publicized in the March 1, 1917 edition of the Bend Bulletin. Local merchants donated prize money and farmers who entered were told they’d be judged on the produce of seven of their potato hills (thought to be more representative of their entire crop, rather than rewarding a farmer for a specially treated “prize” potato plant). The criteria for judging the winner? Yield, uniformity, quality, smoothness, and freedom from disease.
Are international travel plans in your future? Or, if you’re like me, maybe just some armchair travel? Whether you’re actually going somewhere or just want to learn more about the world around us, you should check out Global Road Warrior. You can use this tool to explore countries all over the world and find out about their culture, economy, language, transportation, food, and tons of other useful information.
A mail delivery. Such an event would rarely make the news these days, when we’re so used to instantaneous communication and the ability to watch events around the world unfold in almost real time. That was not the case in the Central Oregon of 1907.
Thus, the February 28, 1907 edition of the Madras Pioneer reported that outside mail had finally arrived, after a washout on the tracks of the Southern Columbia railroad between Wasco and Biggs delayed the mail train for a month. Not only did this mean the delivery of letters from family and friends outside of the Central Oregon region, but it also meant that daily newspapers could finally be received again.
Have you ever been doing research and thought, “I wish I could watch a video about this”? Well, you can! The Barber Library offers you access to a resource called Films on Demand (look for the icon below on the Library’s website):
Films on Demand gives you access to thousands of films covering subjects from automotive technology to job seeking skills to the latest scientific theories - all from reputable, credible producers like PBS and National Geographic. It even shows you how to cite the film for your paper! What’s the best part? Films on Demand is streaming video and is available 24/7 online - so you can watch from home at 2 am, if that’s what works for you. No need to check out and return DVDs to the Library.