Sheer Magic

Today’s ever-so-magical Summer Reading Program featured Jay and Leslie in “Something Fishy”, a potpourri of juggling, magic, mime and more. One hundred nine children, 14 adults and 4 young adults attended the rousing show.

Nearly 300 Haysville youths are now enrolled in HCL’s Summer Reading Program — more than ever before.

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Underground Art

Throughout the summer, in conjunction with the Haysville Community Library’s Summer Reading Program, a variety of special art and craft workshops have been underway on the library’s lower level.

Eleven local youths participated in our canvas painting workshop earlier this month, and the fruits of their creativity are now on display (through the end of July) at the south end of the library’s lower level. This year’s display shows works produced by Wyatt Schulte, Cole Schulte, Ava Schulte, Shayla To, Kayleen To, Jaiden Holifield, Nicki Thomas, Corey Bradford, TJ Lolling, Leia Luce, and Joey Luce.

Drop by the library, visit the gallery, and show your support for Haysville’s emerging artists.

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

How to Bottle A Star

Fusion in the Sun -- the Proton/Proton Reaction (Borb)

Home Fusion: Citizen Science in Action

“Fusion may sound like an exotic, ‘impossible’ feat. But the fact is people like you are achieving the ‘impossible’ on an almost daily basis. It is only a matter of time before somebody stumbles on the breakthrough that we are all hoping for.”

So declares website of the Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, dedicated to independent, individual research into practical working nuclear fusion.

Today’s BBC News focuses on just one of the nearly forty independent amateur physicists to achieve nuclear fusion from a homemade reactor in Extreme DIY: Building a Homemade Nuclear Reactor in NYC. Take a look. It’s fascinating.

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gulf Oil Slick Update

Annotated Terra Satellite Image of Gulf Oil Spill June 19 (NASA)

The annotated image above, captured by NASA’s Terra satellite three days ago, documents the present status of the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more on this image (and other related images) see NASA’s Earth Observatory website here.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kansas 150: Nominate Your Favorite Kansas Books

In just a little over six months — on January 29th 2011 — Kansas will celebrate its 150th anniversary as a state. Throughout the coming Kansas Sesquicentennial Year there will be events and celebrations commemorating this milestone all across the state.

As a part of these celebrations, the State Library of Kansas plans to compile a listing of the 150 Best Kansas Books – books with Kansas themes, Kansas settings, Kansas authors, or other significant links to Kansas heritage and culture.

You can be a part of this project, by nominating your favorite Kansas-oriented book or Kansas-related author. The Haysville Community Library has a Kansas 150 ballot box. You’ll find it on your immediate left as you enter the doors from the foyer into the main library, along with ballot forms, each including a brief description of how you can participate.

Just be sure to drop by the library between now and the end of October to submit your nomination. We’ll mail all submitted nominations to the State Library. It’s that easy.

Alternatively, you can submit your own nomination(s) directly to the State Library, either by mail using the Kansas 150 Book Nomination Form, or by email using the Online Book Nomination Form.

The winning 150 will be announced on Kansas Day, January 29th, 2011.

For a bit more information about the Kansas 150 Book List, see this State Library of Kansas Press Release.

To learn more about the sesquicentennial celebrations for Kansas 150, see the State’s official Kansas 150 website.

For an excellent blog on all things Kansas, see the State Library of Kansas Kansas 150 SLK blog.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Marcus Aurelius

“To read the Meditations, you would not imagine them to be the writings of a man encamped in barbarian lands in the midst of war, nor of a man commanding the largest army ever assembled on the frontier of the Roman empire, nor of a man whose empire and army were in the grip of a deadly plague. The Meditations’ lack of political or worldly anguish and anxiety is a mark of the philosophy they profess: Stoicism.”

. . .

“Beyond the realm of professional philosophy, an ever-expanding tribe of self-appointed lay philosophers profess practical strategies for worldly success: how to win friends and influence, how not to sweat the small stuff, how to free ourselves from shyness, anxiety, phobias, poverty, extra pounds, how to ensnare the perfect mate, how to care for and feed a husband or be a domestic goddess. But, again, these regimes, while they might indeed make you thinner, more confident, or more productive, do not answer life’s great metaphysical questions.

“Between the hyper-intellectual abstractions of university philosophers and the calculating, materialistic schemes of self-help gurus, lies another philosophy. This is the philosophy of the ancients, of Marcus Aurelius. It is a practice that intends to help individuals answer life’s great metaphysical questions in both material and spiritual terms: What is my place is the world, the cosmos? What is the purpose of existence? How do I live a good life? What is happiness and how do I achieve it?”

At In Character (“a journal of everyday virtues”), Emily Colette Wilkinson reviews Frank Lynn’s biography Marcus Aurelius: A Life in Stoicism Is Just So Yesterday.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pale Blue Dot

From Mental Floss comes this beautiful short video featuring a reading by Carl Sagan from his book Pale Blue Dot accompanied by music and time lapse videos of Earthly scenes.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 11:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Tomorrow At 10: Something Fishy

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American Mirror

Here’s an interesting feature from the Associated Press: a map of the United States which displays how average the states are, or how much they deviate from the norm, in a variety of measures derived from the most recent US Census data.

Illinois scores most typical (average) overall, but as you’ll see as you run through the various displays, Kansas also scores as more “average” than not on most measures.

The display includes age, education, income, industry, migration, race and hometowns.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  

Wandering Star

A fascinating pair of images show the relative motion against the background stars, over the course of six decades, of our Sun’s near companion Barnard’s Star at Discover magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog. See Runaway Star.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 10:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Fourth of July Programs

While they last (first come, first serve), Haysville Fourth of July Programs are available at the front desk. Hurry by, numbers are limited.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 8:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Much Too Dark?

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP satellite) produced this map of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation in 2010 (NASA)

With results guaranteed to generate controversy and contention, new research by a group of astronomers challenges accepted results concerning the microwave background radiation developed by the Wilkinson Microwave Background Probe. If their findings, to be published in the form of a letter to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, are borne out, profound changes to the recent consensus concerning “dark matter” and “dark energy” will be necessitated.

See Doubts About Universe’s Dark Side in Cosmos magazine, and Astronomers’ Doubts About the Dark Side: Errors in Big Bang Data Larger Than Thought? in Science Daily.

Time Line of the Universe (NASA)

For more on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, see NASA’s WMAP page.

WMAP Leaving Earth-Moon Orbit for L2 (NASA)

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment