Join fellow travelers at the Amelia Library on Friday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m. as we chat about travel websites and the Mango language database. The Mango Language database is available on the library website. It is a database where you can learn a few foreign phrases to use during your travels or learn a language in-depth for more extensive travel.
Clermont County library also has language learning materials on CD and phrase books and dictionaries that can be checked out.
During our chat we will explore some of the websites on the internet.
Most of the major travel guide companies have websites that are easy to access such as Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor. Many include reviews and travel tips by other travelers.
The CDC is a website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control that will give you updates on needed vaccinations and travel alerts.
The State Department provides information about passports and the National Park Service has information on the National Parks. The National Park Service has recently devoted a webpage to Civil War History for the 150 years anniversary.
If you are looking for alternative transportation Airlines, Buses, and Trains all have their own website where you get information about making reservations and travel. Travel Apps are also available for your mobile phone.
Don’t leave home uninformed. Join us at the Amelia Library as we explore travel resources on Friday, May 11th.
It happened during a conversation with a library patron. We were talking about her love of writing, and some of the things she has written about, when she said “I wonder if a writers’ group would do well in New Richmond?” Her question got us brainstorming to find a way to try it.
At the time, Clermont County Public Library already had one very successful writers’ group, at the Williamsburg Branch Library. We visited them, to see just what went on in a writers’ group, anyway. On April 18, 2011, we had our inaugural meeting of the River City Writers’ Group. I’m pleased to say that they’ve been meeting on the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of each month, for the past year. They have shared short stories, memoirs, novels, writing prompts, and poetry. For the past few months, poetry has been the focus, and several even participated in a Brown County Poetry Reading.
Writing groups have become so successful that five Clermont County Public Library branches now offer creative writing groups. Check our calendar to find a writing group near you.
The next meeting of the Amelia Writing Group will be March 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Writing Prompts for March 13th
1, It was a beautiful day so I decided to take a walk into the woods behind my house.
2. A funny thing happened on my way ………………………………
3. A reporter arrives in town and asks odd questions.
4. They had nothing to say to each other.
Little boy, cart, torn page, market, green
Mr. Bisig, the founder of College and Beyond, speaks at the Amelia Branch on February 21 about taking the ACT/SAT. He’s spoken about a number of college issues over the years, appearing locally in the Business Courier, Cincinnati Magazine, and Simply Money. Call 752-5580 to register for the program.
Question: Do ACT and SAT scores play into scholarship amounts more than academic record?
Dan Bisig: Test scores are just one of the items taken into consideration for scholarships. When added to the GPA in particular, the higher the test score, the greater the eligibility for more scholarship dollars. However, please realize that some scholarships also factor in a number of other items including the curriculum a student has taken compared to the available school options, extracurricular activities and maybe even an essay. Bottom-line – Do your homework!
Q: How important are ACT/SAT scores when applying to college versus academic record or extracurricular activities?
DB: Once again, test scores are just one component of the admissions process for many colleges. The more selective the college, the greater the emphasis that is placed by Admissions Officers on ALL of these items (including essays) when they select their incoming freshman class.
Q:Is there a practice test online or in a study guide that you recommend?
DB: First, it is important to realize that every student has their own way of preparing for tests. Ask them, “What have you found to be the best way to study and prepare for a tough test?” There are many available options: some may need a tutor, others group sessions, maybe a Prep Book or a focused computer program.
The next meeting of the Amelia’s Writer’s group will be on February 14th. Rudi will present notes from a discussion on Stephen King’s “On Writing” during the first half.
At the last meeting the group came up with the following guidelines for giving and receiving feedback.
1. Be respectful of group members and genre topics
2. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
3. Begin with positive feedback and then constructive feedback.
4. Avoid repeating comments that have already been presented.
5. Be specific and back up with examples.
1. Ask for specific feedback, if wanted.
2. Listen to feedback and avoid commenting.
3. Write down comments and ask for clarification later.
Writing Prompts for February 14
1. The plane lifted off the runway and into the air. The person next to you turns and quietly whispers in your ear, “I know I’m supposed to keep this a secret, but I absolutely must tell someone.”
2. Not including people or pets, what’s the one thing that you’re most thankful for? Write a one-paragraph note that starts “I’m thankful for (fill in the blank) because … ”
3. You receive a letter in the mail from an out-of-town relative asking you to drop everything and meet him in Boston ASAP. He doesn’t say why, but signs off on the letter (just above his name) with the phrase: “Treasure awaits.”
4. You had planned to attend a friend’s birthday party and plugged her address into your GPS system, but the system guided you to somewhere else. Oddly enough, there was a man waiting for you at this mysterious place. “Sorry I had to rig your GPS, but this is urgent,” said the person.
Five Words - Love,spider web, chocolate, cane, sidewalk
The Amelia Library Writer’s Group will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m. The next meeting is January 24th.
Laura will bring in suggested guidelines for receiving and giving criticism for writing groups she got from a class. We will then write up the guidelines for the group.
Writing Prompts for January 24th
1. If I were a superhero, I would be……and my powers would be …..
2. “What is one of the funniest things that has ever happened to you? Retell the event as completely as you can.”
3. Write about a good thing gone bad.
4. A special anniversary is coming up and you’ve decided to go all-out to celebrate. The only thing is, this is an anniversary of something unusual and there’s only one other person who knows what it’s about—and he’s uncomfortable celebrating. Write this scene.
5. Use your own prompt.
Five Words - cannibal, snow day, world, green, wood
Cake pops? What are those, you ask? Well, if you have not been fortunate enough to try these little creations, let me tell you about how wonderful they are!
In a nutshell, here is the description of a cake pop. Crumbled up cake mixed with icing, formed into bite sized balls, on a lollipop stick (hence the name, cake “pops”). Typically dipped in chocolate and decorated in a variety of creative ways!
Register for the program, “Cake Pops” with Fantasy in Frosting, at the New Richmond Branch Library. It’s Tuesday, February 7th, from 6 – 7:30 pm. This program has limited space, so be sure to sign up soon by calling the branch, at 513-553-0570.
Branch manager Lisa Breithaupt will be presenting her program “Simple Living” on January 23 at the Amelia Branch. I asked Lisa some of her tips for living more frugally.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge families face when creating a budget?
A: The biggest challenge that families face when creating a budget is for everyone to be on the same page. Oftentimes, you will have different members of the family that have different priorities with regards to budgeting. It’s important for families to sit down together and agree on where budgets are going to be trimmed.
Q: What’s the one area that most of us need to work on to improve our frugality?
A: I believe that most families could drastically alter their spending and trim their budget if they were to eat at home more often than they eat out. My husband and I have been living a frugal life for 4 years now. We immediately knew that if we stopped eating out and began to meal plan and shop we could trim a lot of excess spending.
Q:The resource you use the most?
A: I continually return to the Dave Ramsey book: The Total Money Makeover. Several years ago I caught Dave Ramsey on his nationally syndicated radio program. I began listening to him and he made sense. He hadn’t invented a new way to save money. He just compiled all of the good, logical, facts about being frugal into a format that is easily understood and applicable. A few months later my husband and I signed up for his program, Financial Peace University. Soon after the course my husband was laid off. We immediately put into practice the things that we had learned at the class. Basically, the financial peace plan is comprised of 7 “baby steps”. We’re only on number 3 after 4 years but that is why they are called “baby steps”.
Q: Is there anything children can do to help live simply?
A: Our children have a very good grasp on the concept of “needs” and “wants”. We practice this anytime they want something. They understand that if it isn’t a near a birthday or holiday they will need to figure out a way to raise the money needed to buy the item themselves. They offer to do chores for compensation. Then when they raise the amount we sit down and have another discussion to ensure this is something that they really want to spend their money on. they also know that they can each throw one extra item into the shopping basket when we go shopping but that’s it so when they ask early on if they can have something I remind them that this is the one item that will be considered their “extra” item. Much of the time they will change their mind for something else in the store. This has also stopped them from asking for something every aisle in the store.
- Individuals with higher education have a lower unemployment rate and higher earnings.
- College costs (tuition and fees) increased an average of: 7.9% at a four–year public institutions and 6% at a four-year private institutions during the 2009-2010 academic year
- According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are literally thousands of scholarships available from a wide variety of sources.
Navigating the college maze can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are beginning your college search or in the middle join us on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m .for an informative presentation on finding scholarships for college.
Dan Bisig, member of the Kentucky Association for College Counseling National College Advocacy Group (NOAG) and founder of College and Beyond will be at the Amelia Library to talk about getting college scholarships. He will discuss when to start the process, how to apply, where to look for them and much more.
Reserve your seat today by calling the Amelia Library at 513 752-5580.
Our presenter, Dan Bisig will discuss these questions and much more at Amelia’s January 17 th Program
1. When should I start looking for scholarships?
There are scholarships available for students in all grade levels but the vast majority of scholarships are available during the Senior year. Even after a student gets into college they can continue to search and apply for scholarships.
2. Where do I find them?
Information about scholarships can be found at colleges, in the Library and by doing research on the Internet.
3. Is the internet the best place to look for scholarships?
The Internet is a great place to start looking for data on independent scholarships. However the big money is given out by Colleges directly so do your homework on college websites to find out what it takes to qualify for these college specific scholarships.
4. Can anyone get scholarships?
YES, there are scholarships out there for all kinds of students, not just for academic superstars, BUT students must take action and apply. Do your research and know the facts of what they are looking for in an applicant. It could be something as simple as completing a one page application.
5. What are some good websites to look at?
fastweb.com and scholarshipexperts.com are 2 terrific websites.