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July Happenings

*July 4th*

There’s so much to see and do this Independence Day weekend: Skyshow Fireworks Spectacular at Knights Stadium, USNWC Fireworks, Independence Day at Raffaldini Vineyards, White Lights 4th of July party, Red White and Pabst Blue Ribbon party, 11th Annual Pool Party Weekend, Red White and Belmont, Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’, 4th of July at the Charlotte Museum of History, Coulwood Community 4th of July Parade, Indian Trail 4th of July Festival, Matthew’s People’s Parade, Waxhaw 4th of July Festival, Tega Cay 4th of July Celebration, 4th of July Festival at Birkdale Village

Music: Justin Timberlake, The Bacon Brothers, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Vans Warped Tour, Leon Russell, Matty B, Pete Seeger: A Musical Tribute to Courage, Chop Shop Music Fest, The Neighbourhood, GooGoo Dolls, Daughtry, Plain White T’s, Beck, Marc Cohn, The Fray, OAR, Phillip Phillips, Bad Company, Lionel Richie, CeeLo Green, KISS, Def Leppard, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Rascal Flats, Sheryl Crow, Micheal Franti and Spearhead, Sara Bareillis, Zak Waters, Swans, River Jam, Brother Edge, New Edition, Touche Amore,  King Buzzo (of Melvins), Hank 3, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Dirty Heads and Pepper, BarnStock

Musicbox Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park

Performing Arts: Porgy and Bess, Dream a Little Dream, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Narrow Daylight, Brothers of the Knight

Booze&Chews: Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week,SouthEast Crab Feast, Drink&Draw at Mellow Mushroom

Enjoy the last month for all you can eat Fall River Clam Bake for $20 at Emeril’s e2.

Just for laughs: Jerry Seinfeld, Lavell Crawford, Maria Bamford

Races: July 4th Spectacular 4 miler, River Jam Run, 25th Anniversary Prediction Run 5k

MoviesMade in 1984- Hollywood Films from 30 years ago

For the kiddos: Peter Pan Jr., Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, Over the River and Through the Woods, Alien World and Androids, Paws to Read, Earth to Echo opens in theatres July 2nd, Kids Summer Paint Camp, Petapoolza at the Charlotte Nature Museum, Once Upon a Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales

Charlotte on the Cheap has a huge list for how to entertain the kids this summer.

Other fun eventsCharlotte Black Gay Pride, Hoshicon 2014, Charlotte Bachata and Salsa Festival, International Collectibles and Antiques Show, Color Festival, Martini and a Makeover, Zimsculpt, Charity Magic Show, Carowinds Military Days, FREE Fishing Day

Need even more fun in your summer? Creative Loafing has its own guide to summer 2014. Check it out here!

     ~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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I’d Rather Be in Detroit, Michigan

The 2014 Innovative Users Group annual meeting took place in Detroit, MI from May 6-9.  We traveled to Detroit with a modicum of skepticism, due to a lot of negative media attention focusing on the city.  We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were determined to keep an open mind.  And we’re so glad we did, as we were pleasantly surprised at every turn.

Take a look at the REAL Detroit we found on our trip.

All in all, Detroit is a modern city featuring a safe downtown area full of incredibly friendly locals, amazing food, and gorgeous architecture.   We were sad to go, and we’re hopeful that IUG will decide to return to the city for future conferences.

~Brian Trippodo & Ashley Moye~

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LEGO My Library!

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Well, I guess it’s technically not my library… It’s the Boston Public Library we’re talking about here.

Beginning March 28th, 2014, a replica of the historic Boston Public Library built exclusively out of  LEGOs was displayed in the  library’s Johnson Lobby.  On April 5th, the LEGO masterpiece moved to its permanent home and is now on display at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Somerville, MA.

Several months ago, the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building was voted the “Boston landmark that Bostonians most wanted to see made out of LEGOS.”  So began the process of joining 6,350 individual LEGO bricks together to form a 75 pound miniature Boston Public Library.

This process took 47 hours, but I’m sure every LEGOS aficionado can agree that it was time well spent!

~ Brian Trippodo ~

 

 

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Join the Library in celebrating National Library Week!

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April 15th, Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm & 5:00pm-6:00pm

Receive a bag of candy!

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April 16th, Wednesday 9:30am-11:00am

Enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts!

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 Hope to see you there!

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10 Historic Bars Every Book Nerd Needs To Visit

Express your inner literary passion by drinking where the greats drank.

~Brooke Rideout~

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/bars-every-book-nerd-needs-to-visit

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Which Barbie Are You? Lawyer Barbie?

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There’s a game making the rounds of social media, notably Facebook, which encourages one to embrace their inner Barbie.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I probably will. I believe the odds are good that I’ll be happy whatever the outcome.  After all, Barbie Millicent Roberts, over-achiever that she is, has had over 150 careers, the majority of which have been successful.  She’s also excelled in a number of challenging hobbies. Surely I could identify with one of these manifestations?

I’m not holding out for “Lawyer Barbie”, though. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Barbie masquerading as Elle Woods, resplendent in pink suit, pillbox hat and dog pal Bruiser or whether it’s Barbie as herself, sporting a stylish, bobbed hairdo and wearing a skirt, the length of which indicates that she’s channeling Allie McBeal. I’m just not feeling it.  Actually, I may be as reluctant as she is to be defined by one lone Barbie choice.

Although I didn’t own one of the first Barbies, I was an early adapter. I’m not even a collector, but over the years, I have defended her choices, cheered her triumphs and even noted her 40th and 50th birthdays.  She’s held on, despite her critics, and has emerged victorious on more than one occasion. This doll has legs, literally and figuratively, and over the years they have carried her past Ginny, Tammy, the “Happy to Be Me” wannabes and the Bratz. (The latter, I’m delighted to note, are currently engaged in a turf war with the “Ever After High” gang. I’m pulling for the storybook off-spring. Please don’t judge me.)

Barbie’s never been afraid of hard work.  In the board game, “Barbie: Queen of the Prom,” the prerequisites for success (and yes, unfortunately success meant becoming prom queen), were that one had to be a club president, go steady and buy one’s own prom gown with money earned by babysitting, waitressing and addressing wedding invitations.  There were not many career choices in those days. After high school, Barbie apparently found success as a flight attendant, nurse, teacher, ballet dancer and a cheerleader for most of the Big 10 Universities, as well as LSU, Alabama and Kentucky. (I don’t ask how; I just marvel.)

Barbie parlayed those early achievements into career goals and transitioned from teen model to…well, to just about anything. Sure, there were some missteps. I’m not talking about fashion and hair faux pas, because anyone who lived through the 80s shouldn’t throw stones. Most notably, there was the infamous “math is hard” statement, but clearly that was taken out of context because Barbie went on to become a veterinarian, surgeon, pilot, astronaut and presidential candidate, all the while simultaneously serving in several branches of the military, as well as being a fire-fighter and police officer.

In addition, she has competed in several Olympic events, drives race-cars and sings. (Most recently, she was an American Idol winner.) Through it all, Barbie has never lost her sunny disposition or her ability to accessorize.  Furthermore, she has never permitted herself to be defined by a man, whether it’s good guy/occasional boyfriend, Ken, or hunky G.I. Joe.  More importantly, she has never allowed a single career or hobby to limit her.  It makes me wonder what the results would be if she were able to take the “which Barbie are you” challenge.

~Susan Catterall~

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As a Matter of Fact, Congratulations ARE in Order!

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Our own Erica Winter Tyler is featured in the latest issue of American Libraries, celebrated as one of the next generation of library stars.  To view the special trading card-themed section devoted to the 2014 emerging leaders, check out the issue in Zmag web browser format or download it as a PDF for offline reading here.

Stop by the circulation desk next time you’re in the library, and join us in congratulating her for her achievements!

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What does Starbucks have to say about “Dumb Starbucks”?

Dumb Starbucks Logo

A pop-up coffee shop labeled “Dumb Starbucks” opened in Los Angeles recently.  This satirical coffee shop gained lots of media attention, because it had the appearance and feel of the actual Starbucks.  However, this Starbucks labeled all of their drinks “dumb”, like a “Dumb Frappuccino”.

It turns out that this coffee shop was created for publicity by Comedy Central.  Before the Starbucks Corporation knew of the connection to Comedy Central, Starbucks made statements about its protected trademark, stating “Dumb Starbucks” could not legally use the Starbucks name.  “Dumb Starbucks” responded with defending their use of the name by claiming it was a parody.

“Dumb Starbucks” posted a Youtube video claiming their legitimacy.

This coffee shop never sold its coffee or other items.  In the couple of days it was functioning, all the items were offered for free.

In the end, the LA County Health department, not intellectual property law, caused the “Dumb Starbucks” shop to close due to operating without a license.

 

Since the “Dumb Starbucks” is now no longer operating, it is doubtful that Starbucks will pursue legal action.  However, the potential exists, since Comedy Central’s Nathan Fielder claims he wants to open another “Dumb Starbucks” in Brooklyn, NY.

~Brooke Rideout~

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February is LOVE YOUR LIBRARY Month

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How much do you love your library here at CSL?  Our new library provides a beautiful, quiet place to study, reflect, check your email and check-in on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among other things.

Why do you come to the library?  To study, meditate, center yourself for the day’s work ahead?  Could there actually be reference materials needed for your next class?  The assistance of a professional law librarian who can guide you in your research needs?  Technical assistance in accessing the many electronic databases we have to offer?

You should stop by your library today.  Pick up a bookmark and check out the hearts at Circulation and Reference – tell us what your library means to you.  They will be available all month for your comments.  What do you like?  What would you like to see more of?  Wishes?  Expectations?  Dreams?  Thoughts?

See you in the library!

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~Julie Morris~

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The Art of Downtown Charlotte – Part V: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

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As dreams of going to Super Bowl fade and another year ends for the Carolina Panthers NFL team, I felt it was time to reflect on another significant bit of public art. And yes, I would call the six, twenty-two foot long heroic style monuments public art. After all, the Panthers stadium was built in large part through huge tax incentives and other municipal perks that allow the owners and the well heeled to enjoy skyboxes. Then there was the recent deal where the city gave the owners of the Panthers $87.5 million for “stadium improvements.” So while the average Joe or Jill that pays taxes in the city has to struggle to cough up the funds for a ticket in the nose bleed seats to see a Panthers game, you can enjoy the dynamic power and beauty of the these monolithic statutes that loom over you. The photo above makes me think the thing is laughing at me in a maniacal sort of way.

All the above factors should not detract from the skill of the artist Todd Andrews, who has been doing dynamic bronze sculptures for over thirty years. The process to make such massive bronze monuments requires not only skill as an artist and sculptor but requires an excellent knowledge of engineering and metallurgy.  I imagine one also has to have good managerial skills, as the process to bring these sculptures to completion requires coordinating a team of artist apprentices, as well as working out the logistics to deliver the final piece to its location.

In many ways the six panthers remind me of similar monuments going far back into antiquity. After all, what was a sphinx before the Temple of Isis or gargoyles on the Cathedral Notre Dame? They were the avatars of power and influence meant to awe the onlooker. I am reminded of the French axiom, “plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose.” The more things change the more they stay the same.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Egypt

Egypt

China

China

I think I have made my point.

~Kim Allman~

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