No, there’s nothing intentionally risqué in the selection of “Between the Covers” as the theme for the adult summer reading program.
2012 Adult Summer Reading Program
Calling Adult Readers! Summer’s here, and it’s time to catch up on your reading! Grab a book, and join the Between the Covers adult summer reading program at Memorial Hall Library. To participate, read or listen to a book (yes, audio books count too, and log your reading online to be entered to win one of our grand prizes at the end of the summer. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! Enter to win one of several prizes including a Kindle! Share reading with your family through summer reading programs for all ages. Don’t miss our Between the Covers movie nights this summer too. (via MHL: Between the covers)

No, there’s nothing intentionally risqué in the selection of “Between the Covers” as the theme for the adult summer reading program.

2012 Adult Summer Reading Program

Calling Adult Readers! Summer’s here, and it’s time to catch up on your reading! Grab a book, and join the Between the Covers adult summer reading program at Memorial Hall Library. To participate, read or listen to a book (yes, audio books count too, and log your reading online to be entered to win one of our grand prizes at the end of the summer. The more you read, the more chances you have to win! Enter to win one of several prizes including a Kindle! Share reading with your family through summer reading programs for all ages. Don’t miss our Between the Covers movie nights this summer too. (via MHL: Between the covers)

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I know some people who have been saying this for over 30 years.

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Republicans have morality upside down. Santorum, Gingrich, and even Romney are barnstorming across the land condemning gay marriage, abortion, out-of-wedlock births, access to contraception, and the wall separating church and state.

But America’s problem isn’t a breakdown in private morality….

What? Could public be better than private? An ounce of prevention is better than the spectre of town officials meeting with the giants to see when they would deign to get us back online.

In the aftermath of the historic October storm that took down trees and power lines across Massachusetts, one town says its vigilance keeping trees trimmed helps it avoid long outages.

Read more: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/29646244/detail.html#ixzz1cS3RDj5N

VIDEO: Library Doubles as Shelter During Aftermath

Putting “the public” back in our common life…
Subject: VIDEO: Library Doubles as Shelter During Aftermath
Date: November 1, 2011 6:00:00 AM EDT

The Memorial Hall Library is now doubling as a shelter for those without power.

Memorial Hall Library

staff have been testing the boundaries of the building’s use for residnts the past two days as thousands wihtout power sought the four-story structure for a variety of basic needs. Namely, power. The library will stay open all week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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School Inservice Day Canceled Tuesday

Subject: School Inservice Day Canceled Tuesday
Date: October 31, 2011 3:25:27 PM EDT

While students already had the day off Tuesday, the Inservice Day at all 

Andover Public Schools has been canceled due to the massive power outages throughout the town.

School superintendent Marinel McGrath said all parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday have been canceled and all staff have been asked not to report to school. Roughly 10,000 customers in Andover are still without power. Memorial Hall Library is open, however, for residents that want to charge their phones or laptops, or just want a warm place to relax.

Here is the message McGrath sent out to all parents and other Andover Public School stakeholders:

Good Afternoon Andover Staff and Families, 

This is Supt. Marinel McGrath with an Alert Now message. It is Monday, October 31 and I am calling to tell you that the in-service day for tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1st, is cancelled due to continued power outages in Andover. Staff should not report to school and parent conferences are cancelled. 

The Town Manager has asked me to tell you that Andover Trick or Treating is postponed to Saturday, November 5th from 5-7 pm. I will continue to update you as we learn more about the restoration of power to Andover.

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Storify public beta is NOW OPEN: Everyone can create an account at http://storify.com

We’re thrilled to announce that Storify is now in public beta — meaning anyone can go to 
 and create an account to tell stories with social media. (You can read about it in The New York Times)

Stories by Storify users so far have inspired, enlightened and entertained audiences around the world. All of us on the Storify team deeply appreciate our private beta users for their time and creativity in telling stories, and for their feedback and suggestions. We also appreciate their patience for sticking by us as we grew so quickly.

Storify stories have been viewed more than 13 million times on our site and across the Web since our private beta launched at the end of September 2010. We had 4.2 million views just in March, our biggest month yet. 


Our private beta users have created more than 21,000 stories. Storify stories have been embedded on more than 5,000 sites — including some of the most-read destinations on the Web like The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostLos Angeles Times, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, PBS, CBC and many other blogs and sites. 
 
Storify is powering an entire show on Al Jazeera that revolves around social media. We’re also working with major brands and PR and creative agencies.

We’re truly honored by the hunger that we have seen for invites to the Storify private beta. It’s also been exciting to see people use our brand name as a verb, asking someone to “Storify” an event or social media conversation. 

Storify is opening our beta today so many more people have the chance to tell stories in this new form, and be part of the future of storytelling online. This is still very much the beginning of our journey. Here at Storify, we have a lot more work ahead of us to realize our vision of a publishing platform built for the social Web.

Thank you again for joining us and telling your amazing stories. 

The Storify team


Is the sleeping giant awakening? This should be a caution to those who think they can so cavalierly ignore the social contract.

“I have never been prouder of our movement than I am at this moment,” shouted Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt, as he surveyed the crowds of union members and their supporters that surged around the state Capitol and into the streets of Madison Wednesday, literally closing the downtown as tens of thousands of Wisconsinites protested their Republican governor’s attempt to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights.

On Wednesday night, an estimated 20,000 teachers and their supporters rallied outside the Capitol and then marched into the building, filling the rotunda, stairways and hallways. Chants of “What’s disgusting? Union busting!” shook the building as legislators met in committee rooms late into the night.Where Tuesday’s mid-day protests drew crowds estimated at 12,000 to 15,000, Wednesday’s mid-day rally drew 30,000,according to estimates by organizers. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, a veteran of twenty-seven years on the city’s force, said he had has never see a protest of this size at the Capitol—and he noted that, while crowd estimates usually just measure those outside, this time the inside of the sprawling state Capitol was “packed.”

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Wait, are you telling me that there is a public sector, and it has a leadership role in solving industry-sponsored problems?

Obama 1-Grover Norquist 0.

President Obama’s new plan to fix the Gulf oil spill is so crazy it just might work…

As BP’s high-priced industry experts flail, the president has turned to a rag-tag band of big-think scientific renegades, and sent them on a mission to somehow MacGyver a way to stop up the leak — before it’s too late.

OK, maybe that’s going a bit far. In fact, the news that Obama and his energy secretary, Steven Chu, have sent a team of leading physicists and engineers to the Gulf to work with BP offers further evidence of the administration’s essentially technocratic approach to governance, and its faith in knowledge-based expertise. That might seem like common sense, but it represents a shift from the Bushies’ faith in the problem-solving power of industry, and its willingness to let science take a backseat to the concerns of its religious base.

Still, asking one of the key inventors of the hydrogen bomb, along with an engineer who helped develop techniques for mining on Mars, counts as out-of-the-box thinking. Here’s a quick rundown on the president’s unlikely team…

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This shows that Boehner’s frequent assertions about the public’s view of health care and “friendly advice to Democarts” on their electoral prospects are mere political posturing.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Public left Cold by GOP opposition to Health Care Reform

Daily Kos analyzes a Kaiser poll showing that a majority of Americans does not care one way or another that the Republican Party opposes heath care reform. Among those who in the public have feelings on the matter, the opposition drives more to support it than to reject it.

Public support for the bill is also firming up, though it should be remembered that when pollsters explain to respondents what exactly is in the bill, support skyrockets— many of its provisions get around two-thirds support.

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Lawrence Summers, President Obama’s chief economic adviser, tells us that 75 percent of America’s public schools have structural deficiencies. The nation’s ports, inland waterways, drinking water and wastewater systems — you name it — are hurting to one degree or another. Ignoring these problems imperils public safety, diminishes our economic competitiveness, is penny-wise and pound-foolish, and results in tremendous missed opportunities to create new jobs on a vast scale.

Competitors are leaving us behind when it comes to infrastructure investment. China is building a network of 42 high-speed rail lines, while the U.S. has yet to build its first. Other nations are well ahead of us in the deployment of broadband service and green energy technology. We spend scandalous amounts of time sitting in traffic jams or enduring the endless horrors of airline travel. Low-cost, high-speed Internet access is a science-fiction fantasy in many parts of the United States. What’s wrong with us?