Get your gossipy gossip right here... well not too gossipy. 
Just random stuff that I see and hear that sounds interesting.

MIT Has Taught Incompetent Robots How To Ask For Help

posted Sep 12, 2013, 12:34 PM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 12:34 PM ]

MIT Has Taught Incompetent Robots How To Ask For Help

This is so
sweet! MIT is always coming up with the best ideas.
Here they have taught robots to ask for help if there's something they can't do.
Makes me want to go back to college!

"Hunger Games" ... the reality tv show?

posted Jul 31, 2013, 8:56 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jul 31, 2013, 8:57 AM ]

Capture, the Hunger Games tv show

I dunno. This sorta freaks me. I loved the books, I really liked the movie... but a reality tv show? I know they won't be killing each other, but it totally encourages teens to talk smack and be jerks. That is not cool, because you know that younger kids are going to watch this and think its cool to talk smack and do all sorts of mean stuff to each other.

What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

Lizzie Velasquez: What an inspiration

posted Jul 23, 2013, 2:35 PM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jul 23, 2013, 2:36 PM ]

I Choose To Be Happy Lizzie Valasquez at TEDxYouth@Austin

It Gets Better: Lizzie Velasquez

I'm a fan of Ellen Hopkins on Facebook, and she posted a video about this woman, Lizzie Velasquez. WOW. What an inspiration. She has a condition that is so rare that she is one of three people in the world known to have the condition. When that happens, you really don't have the support from a group that understands when you get bullied or teased. You don't have people that understand your frustration and anger. Luckily she has the support of her parents and close friends, but when she saw an EIGHT SECOND video on youtube with her in it and labeled "The Ugliest Girl in the World" that would have to be devastating to anyone. Then she saw that there were four million views and tons of mean and cruel comments that told her to kill herself.

WOW. People are so incredibly insensitive. What if it were them or a family member? Would they want people telling them to kill themselves? I THINK NOT. You need to watch these videos. It truly is amazing how strong she is, when faced with so much.
The one benefit she said is that she can eat ANYTHING she wants and she still has never weighed more than 62 pounds...

What is it about "beauty"?

posted Apr 17, 2013, 1:59 PM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Apr 17, 2013, 1:59 PM ]

I am NOT condoning the use of Dove beauty products one way or the other. I'm just commenting on the video itself. 

So I'm a girl. I spent most of my middle school and high school years (as well as those years beyond) totally consumed with how I look and if I'm beautiful or not and how I could possibly make myself beautiful. If I spent nearly as much time on school, I would have been brilliant. :) 

When I first watched this video, I thought. Aww. How tender. These women who saw themselves as unattractive were seen in a different light by strangers. And then I was forced to think about what they were really saying after reading this post.

"Beauty impacts the choices in friends we make, the jobs we apply for, how we treat our children. Beauty impacts everything. It couldn't more critical to our happiness..." WOW. Seriously? If I was more beautiful I would treat my kids better? I would have a better job? More friends? Is this what people really think? This makes me profoundly sad. Instead of being more concerned about how we think, how we act and how we treat other people, we worry about how we look or how we imagine we look.

Yes. It is easy to say it but harder to mean it. But it's important. If you are beautiful on the inside, that will shine through to make you beautiful on the outside. I promise.

We need you to volunteer for TBF!

posted Mar 24, 2013, 12:36 PM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Mar 24, 2013, 12:51 PM ]

We are totally desperate for volunteers for the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, and we could use your help! If you would like to volunteer, you just need to fill out the form here. Any questions, please feel free to ask!
Here are this year's authors:
Gennifer Albin
Tom Angleberger
Charles Benoit
Coe Booth
Alexandra Bracken
Kate Brian
Jessica Brody
Susane Colasanti
Andrea Cremer
Matt de la Peña
Lauren DeStefano
Kevin Emerson
Andrew Fukuda
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Faith Erin Hicks
Ellen Hopkins
Amy Ignatow
Stacey Kade
Dan Krokos
Robin LaFevers
David Levithan
Lisa McMann
Marissa Meyer
Megan Miranda
Michael Morpurgo
Mary Pearson
Prudence Shen
Mark Shulman
Jennifer E. Smith
Margaret Stohl
Laurie Faria Stolarz
Stephanie Kate Strohm
Terry Trueman
Sara Zarr

More quirkiness from your librarian

posted Mar 21, 2013, 1:49 PM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Mar 21, 2013, 1:59 PM ]

A friend of mine and I sometimes watch the TED videos together and we had watched this one:

After watching it, we thought how cool! But how could we ever apply this to here? Do we usually need to come up with ways to fix our phones from scratch, or make tools to help people decide if we should go to the doctor or not? Luckily, we are fortunate enough where we don't need to worry about those things. But, if no one worries about things or thinks about things in a different way, how would we ever come up with sweet new things, like this girl did:

Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., researched ways to create populations of algae cells with high oil content; this algae oil can be converted into an economically feasible biofuel. She won first place in the Intel Science Talent Search. Check out more infomation in the article here.

More snow?

posted Mar 15, 2013, 7:12 AM by Cathy Kyle

I have to keep telling myself that it's March. But this winter has been SO flaky (tee hee... snow... flaky?) because it gets really cold and snowy, but then it will get nice and warm... ARGH! Its so frustrating! Aren't you guys frustrated? Or do you actually like this crazy weather? Let us know! Should this madness end?
To make this "library-ish", what kind of books do you like to read during this madness?

Action for a Better Community, Inc. Essay Contest

posted Mar 14, 2013, 10:54 AM by Cathy Kyle

Topic….. “Elements of Success: What Does Success Mean to Me and What Do I Need to Succeed.”
Action for a Better Community, Inc. (ABC) has been working for 48 years to combat poverty and help to improve the lives and the communities of the people they serve. Our agency began because a small group of community leaders recognized problems with racism, unemployment, and access to affordable housing, and then worked to create an agency that would address those problems. We realize that the youth voice is important and should always be considered when the planning and evaluating of programs and activities offered to the community take place.  Youth are also leaders who play a role in making an impact in their community.

High School Seniors we want to hear from you… and are interested in knowing what you believe success is what are the things you feel you need in order to be successful.


  • High School Seniors in Monroe County.

Essay Format…

  • Essays must be the original work of the student.
  • Essays should be submitted in English, typed in a 12 point font, double- spaced.   
  • Essays should be a minimum of 500 words and limited to 700 words.
  • Essays should be submitted with the completed cover page, including the parent/guardian authorization to participate.    

What Judges will look for…

  • Essays that are well thought out, that do not stray from the topic
  • Essays that are genuine, and reflect personal experiences and observations
  • Essays that are creative and original
  • Essays that are well written, with attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation
Contest Deadline…

Monday , April 15 , 2013 at 5p.m.
Essays can be mailed to:  
Delia Smith
Action for a Better Community, Inc.
917 East Main Street
Rochester NY, 14605

Or e-mail essay

  • One first prize winner will receive a  laptop computer  and a $500 Scholarship
  • The winner will be recognized at the Action for a Better Community, Inc. Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
  • Recognition will also be given to 2nd and 3rd place winners

For more information….

Please see your guidance counselor or contact Delia Smith at Action for a Better Community, Inc. at 585-202-4624

Navigating the College Selection Process

posted Mar 4, 2013, 8:43 AM by Cathy Kyle

Tuesday April 9, 2013
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Summit Federal Credit Union has partnered with CAPlus for this session covering information on reducing college costs, preventing costly mistakes parents make during the college process, the debt issue, academic selectivity, exploring financial aid packages and how to better handle this big financial decision.
You can register on the phone: 889-2200
You can register for online too.

This guy has some guts!

posted Jan 24, 2013, 10:51 AM by Cathy Kyle

High school senior publicly tells 300+ students he is an LGBT teen

One of my friends posted this Yahoo article on fb, and I thought I should share this with the rest of you. What courage this guy has to come out among his classmates, even though he could be tormented by his fellow students. Hurrah for him!

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