Read in Ned

Geneva Mixon Read in Ned

Screen shot 2014-01-05 at 10.13.39 PMNederland Community Library (NCL) is hosting premier animal behaviorist, Dr. Marc Bekoff, on the 16th of January at 7:00 p.m.  The talk will be held in the children’s section of the main library in order to accommodate a large audience comfortably. Dr. Bekoff will be speaking about, and signing copies of, his new book, Why Do Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed?

Dr. Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has written more than 800 articles, numerous books, and has edited three encyclopedias.

His latest book grew from his blog postings for Psychology Today. I am honored to have booked Dr. Bekoff to speak to the community at the library. He writes about important topics with a deep wit and charm. I have no doubt that he will be just as entertaining in person as he speaks to us about the rich emotional lives of non-humans and also talks about the fascinating cognitive abilities of animals. His book calls us to begin the important work of “rewilding” ourselves and changing the way we treat animals.

Did you, your family, or your child get a new tablet or e-Reader for Christmas? Did you know that you can check out e-books (for all ages in a variety of genres) from home using your library card?  Visit nedlib.org and click on the “Overdrive” logo or try “3M’s Cloud Library.” Your login is your library card number, and your password is usually your last name in lower case letters.

Need help? Visit the library during our Tech Tuesday event, which is held every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for hands-on help, or call 303-258-1101 for assistance. NCL recently subscribed to Britannica Public Library Edition for kids (to adults).  The new database is a great way to get your questions answered. Whether it’s frogs or physics, gardening or geography, Britannica Public Library Edition covers it all.

Our subscription comes with two levels. One is designed especially for children. The other is the advanced reader edition, which is suitable for all ages from teen to adult. Britannica is going to be a great resource for students, be they in graduate school or just beginning grade school. Each article links to reputable, established web sites, and provides a listing of journal articles and primary sources for more information.  The database even helps you create your bibliography.  It contains a current world atlas, and connects you to up-to-date world facts.

I especially like the video clips, which help learners visualize topics from geography to science. Next time your kiddo (or you) are assigned a paper or have a question, come to the library and take a spin on the Britannica Public Library Edition. Enquire at the circulation desk for more information.

There is something for everyone at the Nederland Community Library.


Geneva Mixon is the Assistant Library Director for the Nederland Community Library. She coordinates all the programming at the library. Her love of learning and exploring the natural world has drawn her to work in libraries. She is especially passionate about early literacy and the environment. She has a Master’s in Geography from CU Boulder, and serves as the Board Chair of the Orient Land Trust. You can contact Geneva, via email or at the library at (303) 258-1101.

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