It's All About Apps (Part 5): Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) edition

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Today the Media Maven is going to cover Autism Spectrum Disorder related apps and technology.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders that are “characterized by social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues, and in some cases, cognitive delays.” (Wikipedia) It seems as though ASD has been increasing, and while that is true, it is unclear if actual cases are rising or there are more instances of diagnosis as its definition has changed and we come to understand more about the disorder.  Whatever the reason, apps can provide a way to bridge learning and communication differences between those with and without ASD.

Welcome to Westlake Porter Public Library’s all-new STEAM blog!

Welcome to Westlake Porter Public Library’s all-new STEAM blog!

You may have heard of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives in schools, libraries, and museums before, encouraging people to learn about those important concepts—often by creating their own projects! STEAM takes those concepts even further by adding Art into the mix. Often, programs are geared toward students, but in the coming year, WPPL intends to offer STEAM programs appropriate for all ages.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This is another emotion-filled read from Colleen Hoover. I have read all of Hoover's books and find that she has a way of making each story feel unique. Hoover started out as a Young Adult author with her breakout Slammed, published independently. Her last few titles have crossed into the New Adult genre - angst filled love stories about complicated twenty-somethings with varying emotional and physical scars.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Thank You, Dr. Keller!

Frosty Fun

Tis the season for shopping, decorating and baking. Your kids are looking forward to their winter break and you’re scrambling to get everything done before then.  We’ve had an early start to the winter this year, having already seen a generous amount of snowflakes.  If you love snow-themed décor, here are some crafts you can do with the kids. Both projects are from Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Good read about a kidnapping with a twist.  I found it similar to Still Missing by Chevy Stevens and even The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  I listened to the audio and thought it was very well done with multiple voice actors. 

The Sports Section - Let it Snow

Since winter decided to arrive early this year, it’s not too soon to take a look at skiing, snowboarding and tubing resorts and facilities in Ohio and nearby states. I had planned to do an overview of each, but the Plain Dealer published a comprehensive list in the paper several weeks.

December Update

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Happy December, everyone!  Finally, it's reached that time of year when we can justify lots of snow and cold weather.  Not that I'm happy about it, though.  The only thing I like about winter is an excuse to stay inside in my lounge clothes, reading a book and drinking hot chocolate.  I don't do well with the cold.


Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation by Laura Kipnis

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Certain themes in contemporary news stories are as perplexing as they are prolific: Celebrities and violence, politicians and sex, athletes and drugs, corporate executives and corruption (or any combination of the above). Virtually always, the individuals at the center of these scandals are men. What drives these men to ultimate physical and professional self-destruction?