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Virtual Programming with the Library

In an effort to continue to provide some of the events and programming that our community loves so much, we will begin to offer some of our programs virtually beginning the week of March 23, 2020. We will continue to update this post with links as they are created.

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Digital Learning Resources from the Library

We wanted to be sure that our schools and parents know about the resources that we have available for digital learning during this unprecedented time. We know many teachers and students are having to adopt virtual education measures, and we have some unique resources that can help with that...for free!

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Missouri River Regional Library Closing

In an effort to decrease risk among customers and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all Missouri River Regional Library buildings and outreach services (including the bookmobile) will be closed after 9:00pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. This has been a difficult decision for the Library, but it has been made considering all of the best advice from federal and state public health officials.

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Osage County Branch's Big Move and Updates

We’re getting closer! It’s almost time for us to say goodbye to our current location and move to our new location at 101 Highway CC, Linn, MO. As we make this transition, there will be some challenges that come with moving an entire library.

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Normal Doesn't Exist

I have been called odd my entire life.  Growing up, when people used the word “odd” it was meant as a negative connotation.  Today the word “odd” could go either way, but most people use it in a positive way.  I don’t mind being called odd because it shows I have my own identity.  Now people say, “a special snowflake” instead of odd.  But, the great thing about snowflakes is their individuality and when they gather together, snowflakes can stop the world (both

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What We're Reading: "How to Invent Everything: a Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveller" by Ryan North

It’s a common enough scenario: you rent a time machine and set the dial to your favorite era in history. Just for a little sightseeing, you know? Instead your malfunctioning time machine hurls you back hundreds of thousands of years into the past and refuses to budge once you’re there. You are stuck somewhere in the past, with no way to return to the future and no one around to sue. What do you do next? 

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Season of the Witch

This is my favorite time of year, the Autumn/Mabon season. The Fall crops are harvesting, leaves are crisp, pumpkins, and finally Halloween and Samhain. In Jefferson City every time you take a deep breath, the air is cool and clean. Some people call this time of year, “The Season of the Witch”.

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What Do Hackers Want?

The first vision that comes to my mind when I think of a hacker is the mysterious loner, wearing a hoodie twenty-four hours a day, drinking energy drinks by the gallon, and staring at fifty computers at once.  I either seen too many movies or my vision is correct.  Think of Chris Hemsworth in the movie, Blackhat; he sometimes fits this description.

In reality most hackers use sophisticated hardware and software to do the heavy lifting.  Some hackers work for the government, some are loners but most are a group of people who communicate and help each other.

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Gotta Find It? Let Us Help!

You may not know MRRL has access to much more than you can see on the shelves. 

And that’s not all! We have ways to help you -- even when you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

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Monitoring Your Child's Digital Footprint

Monitoring your child’s phone may seem like an invasion of privacy, but you have to keep in mind the opportunities and accessibilities kids have to indulge in inappropriate behavior, or be exposed to inappropriate content. Keep reading if you want to learn how to monitor and control your child’s access to technology.

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Databases Are My Friend

I spend a lot of time on the computer, writing plays, and working on my blog; life is so much easier for me when I double and triple check facts using the library databases.

EbscoHost is a wealth of information with all the different sites I can access.  ERIC is a database which has all sorts of educational literature, an ebook section which is mainly nonfiction books, and many databases under this one name. 

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