Archive | July, 2013
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Local Library Gets Tech Savvy

31 Jul

E-Reading

What do you think of when you think of a library? Quite, silent, dark, old…am I forgetting anything? I think of innovative, current and online! The Grace A. Dow Library is just that. No longer your ordinary library, our public library offers book rentals through your hand held device! Now I don’t have to worry about accidentally tearing a page, carrying around heavy books in my purse or driving to the library in general!

Yeah, it’s possible to rent a book through your hand held device simply by visiting the library website and clicking on Overdrive EBooks to view the online selection of thousands of books! You will be prompted to Log In with your library card number when you get to the Overdrive page. (If you do not have a library card, visit the library and the ladies there will hook you up in just a few minutes. Just be sure to bring your Driver’s License. Don’t worry, they will not take your picture.)

If you have a Library card you can search for your book by title, category, author, etc. and find the book you are interested in. My current read is “Picture Perfect” by Jodi Picoult (one of my ultimate favorite authors). I love the way that she reels you into the story and makes you feel like you are living with the characters, through every flip of the page. I also love how the chapters are divided by characters’ viewpoints…but I digress. The fact that the library offers this program makes my interest to read more prevalent, because it is so quick and easy!

After you find your book and pick your download format you will be walked through how to finish the rental process. Instantly, seriously within seconds, your book will be digitally delivered to your device (just be sure to sync it when you turn it on next time).

The option to digitally download books onto your hand held devices is not something offered by all libraries. It is awesome that our library here in Midland offers something different and fresh for those of us that are a little more technologically advanced!

Now head to the Grace A. Dow Library website and search for that summer book you have been wanting to read and enjoy the fact that our library is as tech savvy as we are!

The Story of Humpty Dumpty – It’s a Lie!

29 Jul

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. 
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men 
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

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We’ve all heard it. Whatever, it’s an old nursery rhyme.

But all too often I have applied this story to my work mistakes – I messed up and it’s going to ruin me. In my three years of post-college work experience, I’ve made a few rather large ones. One or two truly terrified me. I didn’t think the eggshell could be fixed.

I keep coming back to the realization, however, that mistakes are actually a necessary part of growth. One of my favorite quotes is from Tom Kelley, a design genius and founder of one of the most innovative design companies in America. His motto is “fail often so you can succeed sooner.” In other words, you’re going to mess up at some point – get it over with so you can figure out the right way to do things.

How true, yet how difficult.

Unlike Humpty, when we fall and break, we can almost always get glued together again, and it usually it makes us stronger.

Those big mistakes I mentioned? Only one thing saved me. Owning up. I didn’t pass off the blame and I didn’t make excuses. I went to the person immediately, apologized (and meant it) and I asked how I could rectify the situation.

The startling response was that almost everyone thanked me for being honest and gave forgiveness. Of course, I then worked my butt off to make sure the situation was taken care of. In addition, I found that by owning up, I gained a lot of respect and trust from those individuals.

You can’t always grow in your work/career through reading a book or attending a seminar; sometimes you just have to fail. Is it fun? Heck no, mistakes suck. But does it make you a better person? Absolutely.

-Mark Kawiecki

Fury at Currie Recap

23 Jul

“I went to a party…and par 3 golf broke out” certainly was right! Last Friday, July 19, MYPros were golfing at Currie Municipal Golf Course, but having lots of fun too! I’m not a regular golfer and a lot of the other MYPros out there weren’t either. You didn’t have to be good at golf to enjoy this event! It was just relaxing to be outside enjoying the time with friends. And it never hurts to get out of work a little early on a Friday! 🙂 We hope you didn’t miss out, but if you did, hopefully these photos will entice you to come next year! For even more photos, visit the MYPros Facebook Page.

Beautiful weather + friends + fun = A perfect day

Perfect weather + friends + fun = A beautiful day

There were a lot of fun challenges, including putting with a pool cue!

There were a lot of fun challenges, including putting with a pool cue!

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Another challenge! Not only did you have to tee off a milk jug, it was right next to water! I bet that equaled trouble for some golfers!

Another challenge! Not only did you have to tee off a milk jug, it was right next to water! I bet that equaled trouble for some golfers!

Including these matching ladies! :)

We had some really fun golf outfits at the event!

We had some really "unique" golf outfits too!

Talk about bright!

Teeing off with oven mitts felt weird!

Teeing off with oven mitts felt weird!

Fore? Or admiring her shot?

Fore? Or admiring her shot?

After golf was over, we all sat down for food, drinks and LOTS of prizes!

After golf was over, we all sat down for food, drinks and LOTS of prizes!

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