How many times have we heard someone talk about the dog days of summer? The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “dog days” as the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere. It also defines “dog days” as a period of stagnation or inactivity.

I think most of us would agree that we don’t want to do much other than sit back and relax during these hot days. So, here a few things you can do, yet feel like you might have accomplished something during these lazy days.

Sit on your front porch with your tablet and familiarize yourself with Nebraska Overdrive at https://nebraska.overdrive.com/. If you are a regular user of Nebraska Overdrive for downloading e-books or audiobooks, I’m sure you’ve noticed the site was recently revamped so the look and navigation have changed slightly. If you haven’t yet tried Overdrive, it’s a great program for viewing and downloading popular fiction and nonfiction, including self-help, travel, food and language study. It also contains great materials for youth, including a special collection of read-along titles.

From the comfort of your easy chair, check out our website at http://libraries.ne.gov/schuyler/ to keep up with the construction of the new library. We will continue to post new photos as the building’s appearance changes.

From our website you will also be able to link to many great resources including rbdigital. Previously, you were able to access rbdigital materials from oneclick digital and zinio magazines. They have combined under one site with a spectacular selection of downloadable audiobooks and 171 downloadable magazines to keep you in fresh reading material all summer long.

Grab a glass of iced tea and learn a new language. Peruse beginning language books, audio CDs and DVDs. Popular titles to get you started include the New Oxford Picture Dictionaries in a variety of languages and the five-language visual dictionaries. Also, give some of the language materials from Overdrive a try or download a couple apps as additional aids. Duolingo, babble and busuu get great reviews.

Gather around a patio table under an open umbrella and plan your next vacation. Our newest travel guides are “Eyewitness Travel Guide to Boston,” “The Disneyland Encyclopedia” and “NFT (Not for Tourists) Guide to Chicago.”

Finally, don’t forget to hop in your air-conditioned car and drive on down to the library on Aug. 8 for a special program at 1 p.m. provided by the Henry Doorly Zoo titled, “I Love Animals, Building a Better World.”

It may be hot outside, but at least we aren’t slogging through snow nor scraping ice from our windshields.

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