Monday, January 23, 2012


How do you stay up to date on current events? Do you read a newspaper? Listen to the evening news? Or, perhaps you read the news online? Today, we are bombarded by different media keeping us current with the latest in politics, science, entertainment, war, peace, religion and more. We are even able to play games online or via our cellular phones in real time! You can text anyone at anytime and generally reach them and receive an almost immediate response.

I find that lately, I am attached to my cell phone, my iPod, my kindle fire, my car radio, television and computer far more than I ever have been in my life. If my battery for any of these items runs low, I am in fear that people won’t be able to reach me in an emergency. I worry that I might miss something of national or international importance. I might not learn who won American Idol this year! As the onslaught of information bombards me daily, I feel more and more irritable and anxious.

Last week, a friend was telling me that her daughter was on a “silent” retreat. This experience, through her college, was one in which there was no verbal communication. There were no cell phones, televisions, radios or computers. Cell phones were checked at the door as were other forms of electronics. The students gathered several times a day for song and they could speak to the counselor who was assigned to them during this weeklong retreat.

As my friend was telling me about this experience, I kept thinking, “I want to be there!” I remember life without all these electronics. It seems simpler and a bit happier then. Life didn’t seem so complicated. I guess I miss those days.

Monday, January 9, 2012


Due to unseen circumstances, Jessica Jones of Extreme Couponing was not able to make our Extreme Couponing Session she was scheduled to teach earlier this month.  We have been able to reschedule Jessica's presentation to February 22 (Wednesday) at 6:30pm in the Lawson Community Room.

If you have already signed up and paid your $10 fee and cannot make this date, please stop in at the library and we will refund your registration fee.  If you were not able to make the January presentation, there is ample opportunity to sign up to attend the presentation in February.

As we mentioned previously, this session is a great way to learn how to organize coupons, learn store policies on couponing and review Jessica's methods for stockpiling and saving!  Jessica Jones has been featured on local television and newspaper and has saved more than $1,700 with her extreme couponing methods. 

Please continue to join us as we find ways to help you and your family in these difficult economic times!  Call the library today to register for the February presentation at 315-697-7030.