The Most Common Holiday ER Visits – And How to Avoid Them

For many people, the holidays are a joyous and festive time to spend with family and loved ones. However, even with all of the warm holiday wishes and holiday cheer of the season, this time of year can also be an accident waiting to happen. During the holiday season, emergency rooms across the U.S. see an increase in visits due to holiday-related injuries and illnesses. Read on to learn about some of the most common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.

What dangers are lurking in your holiday plans?

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Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition

A big thank you to all who attended our Winter 2015 HSL Info Expo last Thursday! The library team presented on a variety of technology topics, with our usual dose of fun and some holiday good cheer. Our newest segment, Apps & Gadgets, made a return appearance, and this time it was all about holiday shopping.

We always have far more content to share with our guests than time permits, so today we’re bringing you Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition! Here are the cool apps and gadgets that didn’t make it into our presentation, but that you should definitely check out before the holiday shopping season comes to an end.

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Spotlight on Health: A Guide to Holiday Wellness

Although the holiday season absolutely warms our spirits, it can also take quite a toll on our bodies. Between all of the baking, office parties, holiday meals, time spent parked on the couch watching holiday movies, and stress that comes with holiday preparations and spending, it’s no wonder that the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve improving our health and wellness! Make use of these holiday wellness tips in order to keep yourself healthy and sane even before the New Year begins.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Adobe ditches Flash! Or has it?

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Is Adobe Flash finally being put out to pasture?

You’re likely very familiar with Adobe Flash. Or at the very least, you’re used to seeing a window like this pop-up every once in a while as you browse the internet for cat videos and whatnot.

Admit it, you click the "Remind Me Later" button too, right?

Admit it, you click the “Remind Me Later” button too, right?

Flash has been around for a while. Back in the 90’s as the internet was getting to be kind of a big deal, the software was acquired from a company called FutureWave Software by a graphics, multimedia and web development software company named Macromedia (that’s a throwback); it went from being named FutureSplash to being called Macromedia Flash. Adobe took over Flash in 2005 when it acquired Macromedia. Flash in all of its forms has been a platform for creating things like vector-based graphics and animations – it’s likely behind many of the mobile games on your smartphone or tablet! You may be more aware of how Flash is used to stream audio and video while on the web courtesy of the Adobe Flash Player.

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