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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weekend Get-Aways

Congrats! You've survived the first several weeks of school and you'll likely cherish every moment of the weekend. Take care of any school work on Friday afternoon because you're not going to have any time to do it while you're enjoying this weekend!

If you enjoy getting outdoors....

Forget Pokemon Go - go geocaching! If you are planning on going on a hike, make it into a scavenger hunt by searching for hidden caches. If you have data on your smartphone, it's easy! 


Head over to Vasona Lake  or Shoreline Lake for some paddle boating, bike rides, or pretty sunset picnics. 

Drive to the beach! If you like the sun and surf, head to Santa Cruz or Capitola. If you prefer the foggy views, Ocean Beach or Half Moon Bay are the best.


If you want to jam out to music...
Several awesome artists are coming to the Bay! Green Day, Pentatonix, and Charlie Puth just to name a few.

For coffeehouse blues, Red Rock Coffee always has Open Mic nights with local artists.

If you're feeling lazy...
Sleep in late, read a book, take a bath, watch some Netflix.
Bake a recipe you've been dying to try but you don't have the time.
Call friends and family members to spend time together.

Make sure to share how you spend your weekends in the comments. Have fun, you all deserve it!

Images:
https://www.geocaching.com/play/Content/images/preview-lg.jpg
http://abcnews.go.com/images/Sports/gty_super_bowl_halftime_mt_160207.jpg

Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Breaking Records is No Longer a Good Thing....

2016 is a record-breaking year.

And here you were all along, thinking it was just another year gone by. Now, I’m sure you’re so excited—more records is more fun, more accomplishment, right?

But believe it or not, 2016 was the year with the hottest summers, the coldest winters, the strongest winds, and the worst fires. Whether we decide to attribute such environmental patterns to humans or not, you’ve got to admit it’s a little scary.

This past June was the hottest month of June ever recorded. And the same goes from the hottest May, hottest April, and the entire last year which has recorded the highest ever monthly temperatures. Yikes! In fact, in June, Iraq and Kuwait brought the thermometer to 129 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever other than the historic reading in 1913 in Death Valley.

If you haven’t heard, carbon dioxide is the gas that is primarily responsible for global warming. And carbon dioxide levels have been on the rise ever since cars got on the road. But this year, the carbon rate accelerated, increasing by 3.1 parts per million (ppm) to bring us over 400 ppm for the first time in man's history. YIKES

What more? The Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, was almost entirely killed, it’s coral “bleached” by the warm water current from El Nino. Only 7% of the entire reef escaped bleaching. Y-I-K-E-S.

So you’ve probably heard the joke about the polar bears drowning as their ice melts away. Well, my friends, this is unfortunately not a joke. This year also is on track to have the smallest amount of ocean ice ever-- meaning polar bears and seals lose their habitats, and the sea levels are rising.


Needless to say, if our world continues to warm at this rate, every year is going to be a record-breaking year going forward. Are you scared? Inspired? Either way, take action (https://carbonfund.org/reduce/) to avoid breaking more of these “records.” It starts with just one person, making a difference.

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Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fun Facts About Libraries

There's more to libraries than you think. Here are some fun facts about libraries just because! Enjoy.

1) The oldest known library began around 350 BC by Clearchus, a Greek student of Plato and Isocrates.

2) At any of the 150 "human libraries" in the world, you can check out a “person” and listen to their story. This system allows people to share their stories and defeat stereotypes of judging a person by their appearance.
The human library in Toronto, Canada. Source: yongestreetmedia
3) The Library of Congress adds an average of 12,000 items to its collection EVERY DAY! The 162 million items in the library span 800 miles of bookshelves.

4) Haskell Free Library is built on the border of the US and Canada. If you enter on one side, you better have your customs form and passport to exit on the other!

5) In Norway, you can check out a book from one library and return it to any library in the country!

6) With 16,500 libraries, there are more libraries than McDonalds in the US.

7) The smallest book in the Library of Congress, “Old King Cole,” is supposedly the size of a period. Its 1/25th inches wide! Good luck reading that one.

Which facts surprised you the most? I can't believe the teensy tiny book. Hope you enjoyed learning some strange library facts! 

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Post by Katia G., Homework Assistant