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February 29, 2008

All about Leap Year and Leap Day

From Wired:

Feb. 29, 45 B.C.: Julius Caesar Takes the Leap
By Randy Alfred 02.29.08 | 12:00 AM


Great Caesar's ghost! Julius Caesar fixed the calendar for centuries to come.
Wa/Courtesy National Archaeological Museum, Naples 45 B.C.: Roman dictator-for-life Julius Caesar, alarmed that the calendar is growing out of whack with the seasons, adds an extra day to the month of February every four years.

Caesar was reforming a calendar based on 364 days, with an occasional extra leap month. But the Roman religious officials in charge of minding the calendar had been asleep at the switch, chronologically speaking. Caesar consulted with Egypt's top astronomers, who told him the year was 365¼ days long. While he was making the fix, Julius also decided to give his name to the month of July.

Although Caesar decreed the new calendar in 46 B.C., that year had 15 months to make up for the accumulated discrepancy. The first add-a-day leap year was 45 B.C.

Continue reading the article at http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/02/dayintech_0229

From Leapzine.com Fun Facts and Trivia:

Leap Year Day Babies born in 1884 had no birthday during their entire teen-age years. Why? Because 1900 was not a Leap Year. In 1888 they were 4 at 1. In 1892 they were 8 at 2. In 1896 they were 12 at 3. Since 1900 was not a Leap Year, there were 8 years before they could celebrate again on February 29. So, in 1904 they were 20 at 5. Not one single teenage year was celebrated ON their birth date.
Read more Leap Year/Leap Day Trivia

What Happened on Feb. 29th from http://www.mystro.com/feb29today.htm

1288 - Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man! If he refused, he was required to pay a fine.
1940 - Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to win an Oscar. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind". GWTW also won Best Picture, Best Actress for Vivien Leigh's performance and Best Director for Victor Fleming, Best Screenplay for Sidney Howard's writing plus awards for Color Cinematography, Interior Decoration and Film Editing. Other Oscar winners on this night were Best Actor, Robert Dunat in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", and Best Supporting Actor, Thomas Mitchell in "Stagecoach".

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February 26, 2008

Meeting Feb. 27th

The next Friends of the GSU Library meeting will be February 27th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Library Balcony. Everybody is welcome, bring your brown bag lunch and join us. For more information visit The Friends of the Governors State University Library website.

To see photos of the Friends of the Governors State University Library opening or photos of the booksale and art show, visit the Friends of GSU Library on Flickr.

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February 18, 2008

Joint Meeting of the Childrens Authors Wannabe's and Novel Writer Knock-Out

The next meeting of the Childrens Authors Wannabe’s is: February 20th, 2008 at noon on the Library balcony.
This will be a joint meeting of the Children Author Wannabe’s and the Novel Writer Knock-Outs. If time permits, Lydia will read for us. (Feel free to bring your lunch) For information, call Lydia at 708/534-4116

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Friends of Mysteries Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends of Mysteries will be Tuesday, February 19th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria annex. They will be discussing:

Gallows View by Peter Robinson (Browse sample pages)
March 18th they will be discussing– She Walks These Hills by SHaryn McCrumb (Search inside the book)

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February 15, 2008

10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Times

10x10 is difficult to describe because of its uniqueness. It has 100 pictures and 100 words that are used to describe what is currently happening in the world for that given hour.

This is what the website has to say about what 10x10 is:

10x10™ ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.
To finish reading about 10x10, click here.

This is what the website has to say about how 10x10 works:

Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.
To finish reading about how 10x10 works, click here.

To check out 10x10 website, click here.

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February 13, 2008

Academic Libraries - Blogging Libraries

Many academic libraries are using blogs as a means of providing information to their students as well as the surrounding community. They may be used to provide information about events, change of hours, new additions or even book reviews. Academic Libraries – Blogging Libraries has created list of library blogs (new blogs are still being added), some of the academic blogs are: Arizona State University Library, College of DuPage Library Blog, Harvard Law School and Moraine Valley Community College Library. To see the complete list go to:
http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/links/index.php?title=Academic_libraries

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February 11, 2008

Lincoln's Birthday

The GSU Library will be closed Tuesday, February 12th for Lincoln's Birthday.

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Friends of the Governors State University Library Historical Society

The next meeting of the Friends of the Governors State University Library Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (on the Library Balcony).

For more information on the group go to: http://www.govst.edu/library/t_gsu_library.aspx?id=11562

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