“Take these three items right here. You can have this. WD-40, vise grips, and some duct tape. Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things.” ~ Walt Kowalski
The other day I found myself in a conversation about the four tools that everyone should have in their tool box. Many opinions will surface, but here is the list that we developed based on our vast years of knowledge and experience: Duct tape, WD-40, vise grips and a tool that is to be named later.
For example, let’s say you have a leaky faucet. So a quick look under the sink to turn off the shut off valve, only to find it is stuck. Simple solution spray some WD-40 on it and wait. If you don’t feel like waiting and the leak is driving you crazy grab the vise grips and turn the valve with all your might. While turning the lubricated, stuck valve with your vise grips, it somehow breaks and sends water shooting all over. Now grab your duct tape and quickly seal it off. Problem solved, except now there is a faster drip, but at least you got to use your tools. Last tool, the cell phone, it is used to call a plumber.
Here are some other handy uses for your tools: Creating a hole in the wall (vise grips), fixing a hole in the wall (duct tape), causing a slippery floor (WD-40), temporary replacement for a steering wheel (vise grips), getting your sister to be quiet (duct tape), cracking a walnut (vise grips), fixing a broken tail light (duct tape), Free a tongue stuck to frozen metal in winter (WD-40), instant step for climbing (vise grips), and I’m sure there are multiple other uses for these wonderful tools.
Here is a book you can read that you may find helpful: The complete idiot’s guide to simple home repair.
Many visitors to the Clermont County Public Library already know about the genealogy resources that we offer, in print and digital formats. We have a variety of materials specific to the history of Ohio and Clermont County. We also provide online access to databases, such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, World Vital Records, and more.
I recently found out about another great online resource, Chronicling America, The National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio. This website is a partnership of the Ohio Historical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Library of Congress. Through an NEH grant, the Ohio Historical Society is digitizing Ohio’s microfilmed newspapers, published between 1836 and 1922. The current focus of the project is on the Civil War era, between the years of 1845 and 1894.
In addition to being used for genealogy, Chronicling America is also searchable by topic. Students writing reports can find a variety of topics, including the building and sinking of the Titanic, the Wright Brothers, prohibition, the Civil War, and World War I. This is a great way to find out what was being reported about these events, while they were happening. You may also find pictures to use in student displays.
I found this site fun to search, and enjoyed seeing how things were reported and advertised. I hope you get a chance to use this great resource!
Who wrote the following quotes about spring? Find the answers in the eBook links below!
1. “It was a lover and his lass, / With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, / That o’er the green cornfield did pass, / In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, / When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding; / Sweet lovers love the spring. “
2. ”Then came the lovely spring with a rush of blossoms and music, Flooding the earth with flowers, and the air with melodies vernal.”
3. ”O! how this spring of love resembleth / The uncertain glory of an April day.”
4. ”I have no doubt that certain learned men, now that the novelty of the hypotheses in this work has been widely reported—for it establishes that the Earth moves, and indeed that the Sun is motionless in the middle of the universe—are extremely shocked, …”
5. ”Spring in the world! And all things are made new!”
6. ”In the spring a livelier iris changes on the burnished dove; / In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. “
7. ”I’ll see you again, / Whenever spring breaks through again. “
8. ”The year’s at the spring / And day’s at the morn; / Morning’s at seven; / The hill-side’s dew-pearled; / The lark’s on the wing; / The snail’s on the thorn: / God’s in his heaven— / All’s right with the world! “
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations edited by Elizabeth Knowles;
The Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations edited by W.F. Bynum and Roy Porter;
The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations selected and annotated by Hugh Rawson and Margaret Miner;
The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations by managing editor, Elizabeth Knowles;
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations by edited by Elizabeth Knowles;
or come visit us in the library and find the authors in one of the print books listed under the subject Quotations in our catalog.
NoveList is your one-stop destination for all things fiction! This versatile tool offers a multitude of resources for readers of all ages, including author biographies, award winner lists, book discussion guides, booktalks, curricular connections, and more.
One favorite use of this resource is finding author read-alikes. For selected authors, typing the name of the author into the search box yields a list of authors who write similar works. This is perfect for folks who are looking for their next read but aren’t sure what to choose. The various feature articles are yet another unique benefit of NoveList. Written by librarians across the country, these feature articles are full of reading recommendations for virtually all tastes, interests, and levels.
NoveList is the perfect resource for teachers, parents, bibliophiles, and reluctant readers alike. It can be found on our Research and Homework database page, along with many of our other databases. As always, if you have questions about this e-resource, consult a librarian.