Monday, March 30, 2009

Guide to April's Activities

April. April. April. Don't fool around on the April Fool's Day -04/01!
We love April and the April's activities:
April is the National Poetry Month, the National Jazz Month, and the National Gardner Month.
On the second week of April, we librarians, celebrating the National Library Week.
The environmentalist are looking for the Earth Day that is observed on 04/22 and the bohemians -Shakespeareans are looking to celebrate the William Shakespeare birthday on 04/23. Did you know that William Shakespeare was born in 1564? In the librarians community, we love him and his classic literature. "A Book, A Book, My Kingdom for the Book!" (William Shakespeare)

Bring Your Sneakers to Work

This will be three years as we are welcoming our HIT program. The excitement of offering the Health Information Management education program continues to present.
In 2007 and 2008, we came up with initiative to celebrate the Health and Fitness Month that traditionally had been celebrated nationally wise, every year, in March.

Students and faculty members will continue to learn a combination of facts and information on healthy diets and physical exercises.

Let us continue to move on in the right direction. Let us “Bring the Sneakers to Work” for one day in March and participate in 3-mile run!

In Miami, as usual, March is not the hottest month, and we can do it in our large parking lot by using it for the sprint distance - the two magic circles around the building. Running or walking will make the event active, positively motivated, and fun.

Running and jugging help to reduce stress and keep every individual healthy.

Date: March 31
Time: 3 pm-4pm
Contact: Douglas Smith or Ida Tomshinsky
Refreshments will be served

Miami Goin' Green

On Saturday April 25, 2009, Miami’s Bayfront Park will serve as the perfect backdrop for Miami Goin’ Green – an exciting eco-friendly event that’s fun for the entire family!
Event Date: April 25, 2009
301 North Biscayne Boulevard Miami , FL 33132 USA
Contact Person:
Tony Albelo

Detailed Information: On Saturday April 25, 2009, Miami’s Bayfront Park will serve as the perfect backdrop for Miami Goin’ Green – an exciting eco-friendly event that’s fun for the entire family!The Green Movement is long overdue in South Florida, but has started to make its mark with companies and individuals everywhere trying to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Miami Goin’ Green will help boost the economy by providing consumers an opportunity to buy and learn about the latest innovations that are available in order to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.Exhibitors and sponsors will line the open promenades of Bayfront Park. The fun, outdoor setting will offer two open stages that will showcase live performances and seminars. The Family Fun Zone will host events for the entire family including physical challenges for kids to help promote healthy living. The “LIVE! Experiments Tent” will feature scientist-led experiments for adults and children alike.Miami Goin’ Green will walk the talk and lead by example! The event will operate on 100% alternative fuel with solar-power and bio-diesel generators. Recycling stations throughout the park will be manned by our “Green Team” to help educate visitors on how to properly recycle and dispose of their waste. In addition to traditional recycling, there will also be Tech-Recycling stations to collect unused tech items such as old batteries, cell phones, computers and monitors.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Adios March, Hello April!

On the March 31 and at 3:00 pm, we will run/walk the 3 miles in the area of our business community. Let's make the effort to gracefully finish the March's Health and Fitness Month, and swing into April's 10,000 steps-a-day program! If you stay turn on, join the April Earth Day "going green" initiative. Remember, April 22nd is the Earth day! In our continuation of efforts to go "green,” the "LRC Digital Newsletter" will not be available! In support of Earth Hour, which will be recognized on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. my computer will be turned off. I hope you will join yourself in this initiative to conserve energy. I hope, I will be able to run/walk outdoors.
For more information, visit

Friday, March 27, 2009

Weight Loss on the Road

Yesterday, I was on the bus with other staff members and students. I brought from the trip a LossPrevention magazine, Nov.-Dec. 2008, V7.6, p.89. There was an article titled "Weight Loss on the Road" by David Foreman, RPh., ND at the Herbal Pharmacist. Losing weight doesn't have to be a rocket science-you need to consume fewer calories than you burn -

  • increase your activity so you burn more calories than consume (30 minutes of brisk walking a day)
  • eliminate refined foods (bread, sugar, pasta, etc.)
  • consume at least 7-9 servings of veggies and fruits per day
  • if you hungry between meals-eat nuts, seeds and dried fruits (stay away from snack machines and high calories drinks)
  • avoid fried foods
  • order a salad or an appetizer or two instead of a full meal
  • order the salad dressings or sources "on the side" instead of mixed in
  • avoid alcohol

Next time, when you are on the road, let's check it out!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Clues You Can Use

Critics rarely take Baldacci's novels seriously. He may not write "serious literature," but Baldacci's books aren't devoid of useful information or guilty pleasures:
1. Best secret code technique: a chemical wash applied to rare copies of 19th-century dime novels from "The Collectors."
2. Best terrible motto: "Why waste time trying to discover the truth, when you can so easily create it? from "The Whole Truth."
3. Best money-making scheme: a lottery scam that was so ingenious, some Italian thieves used it from "The Winner"
4. Best random factoid: Polk's wife played "Hail to the Chief" so people would notice her short husband from "The Camel Club"
5. Best worst line: "'Survival is always intoxicating,' Thornhill thought as he turned out the light from "Saving Faith"

At the ITT Technical Institute-Miami, we do not keep fiction literature in the Library collection. But we do have a small collection of paperbacks, and among them we have a David Baldacci's "Split Second." Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over... Our students of Criminal Justice will find interesting reading material about promising career in the Secret Service.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Rain

Unusually, this March started cold -
Nature’s fold –
Chills and snow,
Plus, north winds blow.

Unfortunately, this made
The tropical Florida weather wag,
Moving the air human and dry,
Even the grass got yellow, almost to cry

For a spring rain
Awaiting for following rain
On the plain,
Waiting for the spring rain.

Until yesterday, the wind came –
Nobody to blame –
Pushing the clouds over the sun,
Making the dark sky run.

The spring rain as a trained combat
Moved dark-at-night on the land sat.
The electricity and traffic cut down
Making the dry leaves drown.

The spring rain purring down
And taking down the dust
Leaving the grass in a clean touchdown
Creating the freshness trust.

At eight a. m., I am outside
Sponging the after rain air of Surfside,
Swinging the beach after the rain
Again, again, and all over again.

Written on the 1st day of Spring
March 20, 2009

© Ida Tomshinsky

Google vr Libraries

This is an interesting quotation posted by at
found on 19 of March 2009. It helps to win the argument for the traditional or online libraries. Educational institutions do not offer degrees in "googling." So, students please continue to use the Virtual Library, the fountain of knowledge.

"My guess is (it will be) about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search." (Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology,

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Eco-Friendly School Supplies

Soybeans aren’t just for tofu anymore―these days crayons are made out of them, too. Get ready to go green this fall with planet-friendly school supplies.
1. Soy crayons. Nontoxic Prang Fun Pro Soybean Crayons are made from soybean oil. $1 for eight,
2. Paper stationery. Elephant Pooh makes odor-free (promise!) journals with paper made from pulped and processed dung. $9,
3. Biodegradable pens. These corn pens disintegrate completely about a year after they are thrown away. $2,
Learn How to Remove Crayon, Glue and More Kid Stains at Real Simple.
4. Reusable sandwich bags. Pack lunches in Wrap-N-Mat, cotton and non-PVC-vinyl–lined bags. $7,
5. Recycled scissors. Kleen Earth scissors have black handles that are made from recycled plastic. $8,
6. Adhesive paste. This glue by Coccoina, made of potato starch, works on paper and fabric. Plus, it is solvent-free and smells like almonds. $8,
This info was brought to you from online Real Simple Magazine, Wed, March 4, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

It's Not Easy Bein' Green

Lyrics by
by Joe Rapposo
It's not that easy bein' green; Having to spend each day the color of the leaves. When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold- or something much more colorful like that. It's not easy bein' green. It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things. And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water- or stars in the sky. But green's the color of Spring. And green can be cool and friendly-like. And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree. When green is all there is to be It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why? Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful! And I think it's what I want to be.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Featured This Month

National Women’s History Month
Even though women clearly have a long history, their contributions only began to be formally celebrated and recognized in the 1970s, and in 1981, a congressional resolution officially established a “National Women’s History Week.” In 1987, the National Women’s History Project worked to expand the celebration to the entire month of March and received strong bipartisan support from both houses of Congress.
The theme for 2009 is “Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet.” Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist, is the iconic model for the theme, while 100 other women scientists, engineers, business leaders, writers, filmmakers, conservationists, teachers, community organizers, religious or workplace leaders are listed with complete bios on the project website.
Gale is offering free resources and activities on its Women’s History Month website. The site offers such free resources as suggested activities, weekly quizzes, biographies, a timeline, and links to complement discussion topics. New downloadable bookmarks, a calendar, and screensavers are also available. Read more...
The information is taken from

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Daytime Savings

Do not forget to change your clocks! Daytime savings begin tomorrow, on the 8th of March. This is a great opportunity to start a new resolution - to exercise outdoors. Try it, you will not get disappointed.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Net Generation

The New York Times summarized the thousands interviews from Grown Up Digital book written by Don Tapscott. This book discusses the "Net Generation" (teens and young adults from 11 to 31) and their total assumption of the Internet into their lives. They watch about one-quarter less television than their parents, but spend between 8 and 33 hours a week online; where they can meet, share, and participate in digital socializing.
1. They prize freedom
2. They want to customize things
3. They enjoy collaboration
4. They scrutinize everything
5. They insist on integrity in institutions and corporations
6. They want to have fun even at school or work
7. They believe that speed in technology and all else is normal
8. They regard constant innovation as a fact of life

Greening Your Bussiness

"Greening Your Business: Hands-On Guide to Creating a Successful and Sustainable Business" by Daniel Sitarz is a new book that for the first time gives the business owners a hands-on guide to saving energy, saving materials, and saving money by reducing their businesses' impact on the Earth.
Every element of a business's impact on the environment is examined in this comprehensive book-energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, computing and office equipment, supply chains and purchases, building practices, and product and service design.
Also the books included a CD that contains charts, worksheets and other practical tools and advice.
The bottom line, it will help the planet!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


They are just part of what we have in the Learning Resource Center (LRC.) The LRC is not just about the books. We also deliver a deep experience with an array of digital resources at the Virtual Library and services that go far beyond books: from school IDs to typing and printing services - and all FREE of charge.

Please come and see us at our new remodeled facility, Monday to Saturday.

The contemporary LRC moves from data to information center. We are the people that will show you how the magic will happen.

Monday, March 2, 2009


Reading takes you everywhere!
To here and to there,
Very far
And very near.

There are many places
You’ll go with books
You will see many different faces
That you only may meet in books.

Could you read a book?
Would you look
Very far
And very near?

Every day -
A book, or two, per

Read to succeed
Read to achieved,
Books will take you everywhere.
Do not have any fear!

Make it very clear –
Find an “A” in literacy affair
And the “B” and the “C”
On your PC.

Reading takes you everywhere!
To here and to there,
Very far
And very near.

Ida Tomshinsky 2009

March 2009 Events

March is a National Women’s History Month
A Look at Women’s History Month by the National Women’s History Project
Places Where Women Made History: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
The National Women’s Hall of Fame
Women’s History at
Gale Cengage Learning> Free Resources for Women’ History Month> Timeline> Biographies> Activities> etc

Return Those Borrowed Books Week (1st Week of March)

March 2 Dr. Seuss born, 1904 (105th Birthday!)
March 3 Inventor Alexander Graham Bell born, 1847
March 8 Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 11 Johnny Appleseed Day
March 14 Scientist Albert Einstein born, 1879
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 20 1st Day of Spring
March 26 Poet Robert Frost born, 1874
March 29 Coca-Cola was invented

March 31 “Bring Your Sneakers to Work” event to
honor the National Health and Nutrition Month

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Catch the Vibe...Dr.Seuss is 105

Did you know that Dr. Seuss was born on March 2nd of 1904? Check out the quotations that belongs to U.S. author and illustrator (1904-1991).

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 on Howard Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ted's father, Theodor Robert, and grandfather were brewmasters in the city. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.

At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children's books, including such all-time favorites as Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world.Besides the books, his works have provided the source for eleven children's television specials, a Broadway musical and a feature-length motion picture. Other major motion pictures are on the way.

His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize.

"A person is a person, no matter how small."
"Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them."
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. "
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. "