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Poem in Your Pocket

Posted on April 25, 2018 in General  |  0 Comments

“The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.”Poets.org

Tomorrow, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018, and a fun way to get a little more poetry in your life. The holiday, part of National Poetry Month, was established in 1992 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City. Neighborhoods across the United States and Canada will be taking part in the celebration, and pocket-sized poems will be distributed to hospitals, museums, libraries, nursing homes, and businesses, as well as to community members who are out and about.

What can you do for Poem in Your Pocket Day? For starters, pick out a poem that means something to you, it could be a new poem or one of your old favorites. Write it on a piece of notepaper, print it out from an online source, or copy it from a book, (or write your own!), and then fold it up and put it in your pocket, sharing it with others throughout the day. You could also spread the love of a poem another way. Share a poem on social media, send one in a letter, tack one to your front door, or hide one for someone else to find—there are plenty of ways other than pockets to spread the love.

Poetry Foundation, Poets.org, Poetry Daily are a few of the most popular and well-stocked resources to check out online for poems. Happy hunting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a Wonderful World

Posted on April 23, 2018 in General  |  0 Comments

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Did you know that the earth is the densest planet in the Solar System and it has a powerful magnetic field that protects us from solar wind? The earth is also the only planet not named after a god. While all other seven planets are named after Roman gods or goddesses, “earth” is actually a combination of two English and German words that mean “ground.” And though the earth’s surface is 70% water, the planet itself is made of up mostly iron, oxygen, and silicon. These are just a few interesting facts about the planet we call home. It can be easy to take our planet for granted—after 4.543 billion years of life, it seems like the earth will be able to provide us with whatever we need until the end of time. But, given that it now holds seven billion people and over eight million species of other living creatures, our footprints are taking their toll. So, what can we do to lighten the load for our planet? Well, this past Sunday just happened to be Earth Day 2018, and right now is a great time to celebrate the earth by incorporating some environmentally-friendly habits to ensure another 4.543 billion happy years.

The focus of this year’s Earth Day is plastic pollution—the current accumulation of single-use plastics (think bottles of water, milk cartons, and hygiene products) is having a disastrous effect on many crucial levels in our ecosystem. Because plastic is meant to last, it is incredibly difficult to break down, and plastic is constantly releasing toxins, so whether it is sitting in a landfill or being recycled, plastic trash is doing major damage. The effects are wreaking havoc on our food chain by poisoning even the smallest organisms on the planet, which, in turn, poisons the larger animals that digest them. As far as the harm done to the environment, over eight million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans each year, and over half of that comes from water bottles. The toxins from plastic have also leached into our groundwater and been released into the air, and you can find plastic debris scattered all over cities, small towns, forests, mountains, deserts, you name it.

It all sounds very overwhelming. So, what can we do besides recycling and remembering to bring our reusable bags with us to the store?

  1. Quit drinking bottled water, period. There are plenty of cool, reusable water bottles being made today. Invest in one, fill it up when you can, and stay hydrated without contributing to our plastic problem.

 

  1. No more to-go containers (or just a lot less). All of those paper coffee cups are lined with plastic, so investing in a reusable coffee cup is a great idea. And opting out of plastic cutlery for to-go food and any extra-packaging will make a big difference.

 

  1. Educate yourself, your friends and family, and your community. Is there a recycle bin at your office? Does your favorite restaurant offer recycling or composting? Do you have a friend who only drinks bottled water? Don’t be afraid to use your voice, we are all in this together.

 

  1. Make sure to recycle everything you can. Take the time to find out if a container that you are unsure about can be recycled—look for the recycle symbol or google it. Also, clean the container completely. Did you know that if one piece of trash is put into the wrong batch of recycling or isn’t clean enough that often the entire batch of recycling must be thrown away? Do your best to ensure that your recycling actually gets recycled by putting in a little extra work. The earth will thank you by sticking around.

 

 

These “Don’ts” are Better Than the “Dos”

Posted on April 20, 2018 in Documents Delivered  |  0 Comments

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Poems are Like Spring Flowers

Posted on April 18, 2018 in General, Uncategorized  |  0 Comments

Hey everyone, it’s poetry month! Time to take a break and enjoy one of the oldest forms of the written word. Maybe you prefer the simplicity of Shel Silverstein, the drama of Shakespeare, or the music in the words of Emily Dickinson—whatever your fancy, there are plenty of ways to take part. National Poetry Month is celebrated all over the world in schools, libraries, bookstores, and more. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this annual celebration is an opportunity to recognize poetry as an important force in our culture. The craft carries a rich history and packs a literary wallop like no other form of writing can.

Most poetry was originally meant to be spoken or sung, but today poems can come in many packages. There is still a huge spoken-word community, but poems can also be written in conjunction with other forms of art like paintings or architecture, poems can be as long as 100 pages or as short as one word, poems can rhyme or not, they can be literal and sound like a story or feel like they were written by an alien—the possibilities are endless. Poems aren’t bound by the strictures of fiction or journalism, say, and they operate on elements like emotion, memory, things unspoken or unseen. So even if you haven’t caught the poetry bug yet, there is a poem or a poet just for you.

One great way to dip your toes into the world of poetry is to sign-up for Poem-a-Day, a daily digital poetry series that will email you (you guessed it) a poem every day, ranging from previously unpublished work written by some of the best working poets today to classic poetry from long gone poets you may have learned about in school. Another great resource is the Poetry Foundation website, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 2003, the foundation “exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.” There are poems for teens and children too, and many poems are read by the authors themselves.

So, what are you waiting for? Go to your local bookstore or library and peruse the poetry section, or search out a poetry reading or maybe a movie about a famous poet, the possibilities are endless. In the meantime, here is a classic poem about Spring, written by the great English poet, Philip Larkin:

The Trees

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum Meanderings

Posted on April 16, 2018 in General  |  0 Comments

Museums today may take up city blocks or come as small as a tiny house, but it is what is inside that can surprise you. From toilets to parasites to torture devices, there is likely something for everyone to explore. The oldest museum in the world is the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, established in 1678. Began as a way for founder Elias Ashmole to display the many fascinating objects he and his friends had collected traveling the world, it has grown to include a library and specialized art and history galleries too. The world’s biggest museum is the Louvre in Paris, France, measuring in at 782,000 square feet, while the world’s smallest museum, known as the Warley Village Museum, operates out of a phone booth in West Yorkshire, England. Read on for a list of some of the weirder museums operating today:

  • How about some dog collars? Leeds Castle in Kent, England is home to the simply named “Dog Collar Museum,” which showcases five centuries worth of dog collar history. In 1977, a woman named Gertrude Hunt donated her personal collection of dog collars in memory of her late husband, a historian who had a particular passion for them. According to the website the collection itself includes over 130 collars, the earliest in the collection is a Spanish iron herd mastiff’s collar dating back to the late 15th century. There are fancy gilt collars, metal and velvet laced leather collars that bear inscriptions or the arms of their owners, spiked collars meant to protect throats against vicious predators, and more.
  • Have you ever wondered about the evolution of toilets? Indoor plumbing and toilet paper is something that we likely take for granted today, but what did people do a thousand years ago? Well, if you find yourself in New Delhi, India there is a place you can go to find out. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets was established in 1992, and is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets, an ordinary but not much talked about part of our everyday living. The museum features exhibitions from fifty countries, spanning from 3000 BC to the end of the 20th century, and visitors get to see more than just toilets—the exhibits also show the various toilet-related technology, social habits, and etiquette specific to ancient, medieval, and modern eras. The museum is said to have a reproduction of the toilet that King Louis XIV used while holding court, as well as a toilet disguised as a bookcase and another reproduction of a medieval toilet built in the form of a treasure chest.
  • Hair, hair, and more hair. And not just hair but things made out of hair. You can find your fill of hair and hair history in not one but two hair museums in the world: Avanos, Turkey, or Independence, Missouri. The origin of the Avanos Hair Museum is a somewhat romantic one. The building itself actually houses a pottery center and guest house, as Avanos is known for its production of earthenware pottery, an art that goes back thousands of years in the region. Legend has it that in the 1970’s a local potter saying goodbye to a dear female friend asked for something to remember her by. She cut off a lock of her hair, the man hung it up in the shop, and the rest is history. The potter, a man named Chez Galip, told the story to the many tourists and visitors passing through, and women began to follow suit, leaving locks of their own hair to add to the original. Today an estimated 16,000 locks of hair line the walls of the place, and the museum holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. One perk of leaving your hair is a yearly lottery in which two locks are chosen and the owners are given a week’s stay at the center and a series of free pottery workshops with the master potter on site. On the other side of the continent lies Leila’s Hair Museum, a modest building that houses hair and a bunch of Victorian and Midwestern nostalgia too. What makes Leila’s so special is her attention to “hair art,” a Victorian era craft that began as a way to remember loved ones before the invention of photography. Jewelry and paintings embellished with hair are common examples of the hair art tradition. Leila herself spent her living as a cosmetologist and started collecting hair over sixty years ago. The museum has over 600 hair wreaths and thousands of pieces of jewelry, dating as far back as the 1600’s. And if you have an interest in the hair of the famous you can take a gander at the locks of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and others.
  • “I’ll take mustard, please.” How about 5,992 types of mustard from all fifty states and more than 70 countries? If you find yourself in Middleton, Wisconsin, make sure to fit in a visit to the National Mustard Museum (and likely the only mustard museum in the country). It was founded in 1986 by a man named Barry Levinson, a huge Boston Red Sox fan who started collecting mustard when his team lost the World Series that year. What started out as a dozen jars has turned into more than 5,000, and the varieties showcased are impressive. Sweet mustards, mustards with fruit, spirit-based mustards, hot ones with horseradish or hot peppers, and much more. The museum also contains plenty of mustard memorabilia (who knew?) and exhibits featuring the many uses of mustard throughout history.
  • What makes art good? Is it the critics, the fans, or the mere fact that a piece of work makes its way into a gallery or an art museum? Well, the Museum of Bad Art in Dedham, Massachusetts has their own take on the debate with an art collection described as “art too bad to be ignored.” Established in 1994, their goal is to “celebrate the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum.” It all began with an antique dealer who found a painting in the trash and showed it to his friends. Originally rescued for the frame, it was the painting that elicited the biggest reaction and started what would become a 600-piece collection of “bad art” shown in three brick and mortar galleries across the state. That original painting is now titled Lucy in the Field with Flowers and is the museum’s signature piece. All accepted submissions must have what has been described as an “Oh my god” quality and fit into the founders’ original vision: “We collect things made in earnest, where people attempted to make art and something went wrong, either in the execution or in the original premise.” The mere existence of the museum and its subsequent popularity has instigated plenty of fiery conversation regarding the value of art, and the collection itself has been the victim of thievery as well as the subject of academic research. If you can’t make it there in person, the museum’s well-stocked website is a blast. Organized into ten categories that include landscapes, the religious-themed, extra-colorful, and sports-centric, once signed in you can peruse all of the collections for free.

The Library Chronicles: University of Arizona

Posted on April 12, 2018 in Documents Delivered, General  |  0 Comments

Library Vision: The Libraries are the intellectual crossroads of the University, enabling innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative endeavor.

The University of Arizona hosted its first classes on Oct 1, 1981. What would a university be without its library? In the beginning, the library was housed in the basement of the Old Main building. As the school grew, so did the library, on and on until reaching its current cumulative total of 7 million+ volumes spanning fine arts, science-engineering, and health sciences collections, and occupying multiple buildings.

“The University of Arizona Libraries host a number of technology-rich collaborative spaces, including group study rooms, the University’s first collaborative learning classroom located in the Science-Engineering Library, and a makerspace with 3D printing.” (taken from the website) Indeed, the library offers everything a student or faculty would need for success and priming for lifelong learning:

Collection access. Roughly 7 million print volumes, 2 million electronic books, and 100,000 electronic journals. The special collections include regionally exclusive items (Arizona, Mexico, borderlands, etc) and maps.

Useful library features. Group study rooms, individual study rooms, quiet study rooms and floors, lockers, iSpace, a dissertation writers’ room, and other various collaborative learning spaces.

Technology borrowing. Available for check-out are laptops, tablets, cords and chargers, cameras and accessories, projectors, scanners, calculators, keyboard and headphones, and maker tools. There’s also a seed library.

Drop-in events/lectures/presentations. These vary but some samples include Women/Trans/Femme Maker Nights (monthly), free 5 minute back rubs on Monday evenings, lectures on “Calendars from Antiquity of the Medieval Book of Hours” or “Hey Siri, What is Automatic Speech Recognition and Why Do We Care?” or an assortment of other topics.

We think each and every library is unique and generally quite wonderful. If you find yourself needing a document from the this specific library, let us know what you need. You can also view some of their exclusive digital collections here.

 

National Library Week 2018

Posted on April 6, 2018 in General  |  0 Comments

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2018 with the theme, “Libraries Lead.”

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Library Week festivities, which start on Monday. Highlights from the ALA webpage for this year’s celebration include:

Monday, April 9th. The State of America’s Libraries Report will be released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.

Tuesday, April 10th. National Library Workers Day. A day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

Wednesday, April 11th. National Bookmobile Day. A day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles.

Thursday, April 12th. Take Action for Libraries Day. The first time this specific event is happening, it is a reaction to proposed budget cuts, in an effort to secure future funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Check out this website to download free resources for your very own Library Week celebration.

Around the World We Go

Posted on April 4, 2018 in Documents Delivered, General  |  0 Comments

While we do not handle physical delivery of documents (e.g. courier service), we can retrieve citations from libraries all around the globe. This includes both online database retrieval and hard copy scans. We’ve retrieved articles translated from their native languages into English, or from English into Russian, or foreign language articles copied with date stamps from American libraries. We don’t let language or country borders stop us—we are a global copyright compliant document supply company. For those not so widely held publications that you aren’t even sure about, we offer free estimates of availability and cost. The next time that you need a document delivered, try Documents Delivered. We have a 95%+ fill rate, so the chances are pretty good that we can get what you need. Get in touch here.

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