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Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9th, so be sure to set your clocks forward an hour to be on time!
What is the history of Daylight Savings Time? Does every area observe daylight savings time? Who decides on time zones? Learn the answers to these questions and more from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Valdosta State University will join the Valdosta Tree Commission to host the annual Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation Friday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Pinetum at Odum Library.
There will be multiple recognitions made during the ceremony by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Valdosta City Tree Commission annual tree planting and preservation awards. VSU will receive its second designation as Tree Campus USA, one of nine Georgia universities to have this designation. Dr. Bradley Bergstrom, professor of biology at VSU, will speak about the university’s Pinetum and opportunities to use the area as a learning hub. Hulyn Smith, instrumental in the formation of the community partnership to restore the campus Camellia trail and a Valdosta Camellia Society member, will be recognized posthumously. A tree will be planted at the event as well.
February is American Heart Month, designated to encourage awareness of the importance of heart health. Read President Obama’s 2014 proclamation of this observance.
Healthfinder.gov offers a helpful toolkit that gives strategies for improving heart health.
Another useful government resource is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which features information about recognizing a heart attack and making choices that can improve the condition of your heart, cholesterol count, arteries, and other vital functions. See especially the CDC’s 28 Days to a Healthier Heart tips.
Image courtesy CDC
Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day present this year? Why not participate in the Million Hearts Initiative, which suggests making the gift of a pledge for healthier living.
Be sure to check out Odum Library’s American Heart Month exhibit featuring more heart healthy displays, books, and other resources, located on the north side of the library first floor.
Due to potentially hazardous weather conditions, the library was closed at 8:00 pm, Tuesday, January 28. Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, the library will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm with reduced services. The library will reopen at 8:00 am for normal operating hours Friday, January 31.
Please continue to monitor campus announcements and updates at: http://www.valdosta.edu/
The library will close at 12:00 midnight on Sunday, January 19, and will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 21, in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Various ways to spend the MLK Day holiday include observing a day of service, attending celebrations, and visiting sites associated with the life of Dr. King.
Valdosta-area events for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, include:
- 3:00 pm, January 19, a commemoration program will be held at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 419 S. Ashley St., with keynote speaker Elder Elizabeth Brown Yates, presiding elder of the Alachua Central District.
- 11:00 am. January 20, a youth program will be held at Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 N. Ashley St., with keynote speakers Nasier A. Vazquez and Valious Smith. A luncheon to follow. (Source: Valdosta Daily Times)
If you’re in the Atlanta area, you might wish to visit the National Park Service’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, featuring his birth and burial sites.
However you observe the MLK Day Holiday, we’ll be ready for you when the library reopens on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am.
Starting in Spring Semester 2013, Odum Library is proud to announce the availability of 3D printing services for students, staff, faculty, and the VSU community. The services will be provided by a Makerbot Replicator with a Dual Extrusion printing head that will be located in Media Services.
Because 3D printing is a technology that requires some basic background knowledge to operate successfully, we will be offering one-hour workshops on the basics of 3D printer operation. Attendance at one of these workshops is mandatory before an individual can use the 3D printer. These sessions will cover basic use and operation of the machine, tips for successful printing, and policies governing the use of the printer. There will be four workshops offered in Spring Semester 2013 with plans to offer more in subsequent semesters. The dates, times, and locations for this semester’s workshops are:
January 21, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
February 18, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
March 25, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
April 22, 2014 – 5:00PM-6:00 PM Odum Library 3270
If you wish to attend one of these sessions, please RSVP by email to Michael Holt no later than 2 days before the workshop you wish to attend. There is an attendance limit of 40 for each session, so please reserve your seat early if you wish to use the printer this semester.
If you have any further questions about using the 3D printer in Odum Library, please visit the Media Center’s page for 3D printing services, where you’ll find a complete list of polices.
As south Georgia prepares for a sharp drop in temperatures this week, take a look at these government resources with information about cold weather issues:
- The City of Valdosta offers tips to prevent your pipes from freezing.
- Ready.gov has pages for making sure you are ready for winter storms and extreme cold and have an emergency plan in place.
- A guide to promote personal health and safety is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- If it’s been a while since you used your fireplace–or even if you’ve used it recently–be sure to check out this safety advice for winter fires, available from USA.gov.
- Latest weather reports from across the nation are available from Weather.gov, provided by the National Weather Service.
Be sure you stay warm and follow these safety and energy-saving tips for weathering this cold spell.
Odum Library’s collections include books about the seasons and holidays! Whether you want books on Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, or other holidays or seasons, you can find samples of our collection of books, recordings, and DVDs featuring holiday themes on exhibit in the library’s first floor display cases.
Luckily for library visitors, Odum Library is currently open regular hours:
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
That means you can come to the library day and night until 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2013. The library will be closed Saturday, December 21, 2013, through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. We reopen at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014, when regular library hours resume.
Come see us and enjoy our first floor holiday exhibit (all items on display are available for checkout–just ask at the second floor Circulation Desk), plus take a look at our popular books, movies, games, and other materials you can take home for the holidays!
December 10th is the date the United Nations observes Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1948 UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In this document the international organization recognizes “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family [as] the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
- Proclamation 2866, in which President Harry S. Truman proclaimed Human Rights day in 1949;
- a worldwide collection of UDHR materials collected by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
- current fact sheets about global issues such as the rights to water, health, adequate housing, food, and expression.
Humanrights.gov is the official site for the U.S. government’s information about human rights. Here you can read recent news and reports about issues such as disability, freedom of expression and of religious observance, LGBT, labor, and other political, civic, and cultural rights. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor provides further access to information on the U.S. mission to spread democracy and respect for human rights worldwide.
Odum Library’s Government Documents collection can provide you with treaties, reports, hearings, and more material, both online and in print, about human rights issues in the United States and the world. Just contact the Government Documents Librarian at 229-245-3748 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Reference Desk for more assistance. Odum Library is a selective Federal Depository Library to which public access is guaranteed by public law.