Mental Health Mondays: Managing Anxiety

Disclaimer: The information presented is meant for instructional purposes only and is not intended to be used to provide a diagnosis or treatment. Only a medical professional can do that. If you or someone you know feels that they are a danger to others or themselves, please call 911 or go to the hospital immediately.   We live in stressful times, now more than ever. Every day, we deal with work, school, and family and friends. Now, we’ve added a pandemic to the mix. If we were stressed before then we’re super stressed…continue reading →

Mental Health Mondays: Granted

In the words of someone I respect a great deal, “I'm just trying to focus on the fact that much of our world is the same world we had two weeks ago. It's just how we have to interact with it that's changed the most.”  I think it is easy to say, for myself at the very least, that communication has changed drastically over the past few weeks. Where a few weeks ago, we could congregate in restaurants, theaters, and shopping malls, we now have to stay at home most of the time. The…continue reading →

Mental Health Monday: Free Resources for Mental Wellness

How are your coping mechanisms doing with all of this added pressure? I imagine they are stretched pretty thin.  I’ve seen many articles trying to pinpoint what the most terrifying part of this pandemic is: the isolation, the uncertainty, the shortages, the misinformation, the helplessness, the dramatic responses from employers and others in power.  The best thing I can do now to quell my own pulsing insecurities is to focus on facts. The CDC, WHO, and FEMA seem to have that covered on COVID-19, along with other organizations doing exhaustive work to keep…continue reading →

Here to Help

Sometimes, school is hard. Then, sometimes, life is hard. And when they're both hard, it can be challenging to know what to do next. The library is committed to helping you make it through the school year by offering you our varied services online. But this post is about life-stuff, not school-stuff. Here are vital resources for you during this challenging season: Internet Access Options: FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. Altice USA  is offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband…continue reading →

Symbols: the Key to Visual Communication

We communicate in so many ways. A touch on the arm. A murmur of exhaustion. A chuckle. An extended palm.  But our bodies are only one canvas for expression. Over the millennia, humankind has developed thousands of different forms of written communication, from hieroglyphs to kanji to the characters I’m using to talk to you right now. What connects them is that they are all kinds of symbols.   Symbols have evolved throughout the centuries. Even since 2000, there has been an eruption in the variety of symbols we use to speak to one…continue reading →