Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heat Safety

If you haven't noticed, it's getting really hot. There have been a few days that have been in the triple digits, if you count the heat index. And that sun! Brutal.

For the older (and much younger) set, these can be dangerous days, health-wise. But there are ways to stay safe and healthy on days like these, if you take some precautions.

Here are some links full of tips that can make life easier as you work outdoors to make a living or just tend your garden for fun.

Centers for Disease Control--"Extreme Heat"

The Heat Index--It's 90 degrees on the thermometer, but how hot does your BODY think it is?

Working in the Heat--Information from OSHA and the Department of Labor on the problems working in the heat poses and solutions possible.

FEMA's extreme heat page--Are You Ready?

The National Center for Sports Safety--Preventing Heat Exhaustion and Dehydration

Monday, June 15, 2009

Free Video Class

On July 7th and July 28th, 2009 the Terrebonne Parish Library System will offer a free amateur video production class at the Main Library. Both dates are Tuesdays and the class will start and 5:30 pm and end at 8pm. Teaching the class will be me, Darryl Eschete.

We'll go over lighting, audio, shooting, editing and finishing your videos so that you can keep them in your family's collection or share them on YouTube or any of the other online video services.

There is no need to bring any equipment other than a pencil to take notes.

Call 985-876-1733 for more information. Or, just email me, Darryl.

Also, be sure to check out the full slate of computer classes we are offering in July.

Friday, June 12, 2009

DVDs to The Second Floor

Just a quick note to let our users know that non-fiction DVDs (like how-tos and documentaries) are being moved upstairs to be mixed in with the non-fiction books. We figure it will make a lot more sense and make that kind of material easier to find.

If you have any questions, call the Information Desk at 985-876-1733.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What's Going On?

If you want to stay abreast of the many, many, many events that will going on at the library this summer, try putting the Terrebonne Parish Library's Events Calendar in your "favorites."

You can even zero in on a particular branch by finding the location in the pulldown menu...that way, you'll see only what's happening in your favorite library branch.

For more information on an event that interests you, just move your cursor over the text and click. This will pop open a window telling you more about what's going on and how to get more information or register, if necessary. There will be links to print or download the event to your calendar/organizer, if you have one installed on your computer.

Call 985-876-5158 for more information on the library's calendar of events.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Barbie On Display

If you have little girls--or if you used to be one yourself--be sure to stop by the Main Library and see all 128 Barbie Dolls on display here. The collection is the property of the Library System's Youth Services Manager, Cherie Mahaffey.

Cherie owns about 150 dolls, most still in their original packaging, and she has been collecting since the age of five.

"I started collecting when people starting giving them to me," Cherie says. "I just kept it going."

The dolls will be in the locked cases in the lobby and on the second floor of the library until the end of July. For more information on the display, email Cherie or call 985-876-5861, extension 114.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Hurricane Season: Be Ready!

On June 1st begins Hurricane Season 2009. We all learned a tough lesson last year as Hurricane Gustav decided to make this area his target and sent many of us packing in a general evacuation.

Well, until November 30th, we're under the threat of hurricanes again, and it might be a good idea to read up on just how we can make ourselves more ready and thus safer this year.

Preparedness Links

Terrebonne Readiness and Assistance Coalition

Louisiana Governor's Office: Get a Game Plan

National Hurricane Center's "Be Prepared" Website

Louisiana Department of Transportation Contraflow Maps--Must be printed in "landscape."

The Department of Health and Human Services Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Supply Checklist

The Red Cross Hurricane Evacuation Supply Checklist

Weather Monitoring

The National Weather Service's Hurricane Center

Stormpulse Hurricane tracking

NOAA Hurricane Tracking Chart--Print and use.