Childhood Predictions for the Year 2000


In 1980, I was seven years old and a student at Mannheim Elementary School in Mannheim, Germany.  My teacher assigned a creative writing project in which we would predict what life would be like in the year 2000.

That was twenty years into the future, which seemed like an eternity to me.  I thought about it for a few minutes and then I began writing.

The first thing I said was that I would probably be dead of old age by then.  I also wrote about people having personal robots to do all the housework and having their own spaceships to travel to other planets for vacation.

Well, I am glad to say that I did not die of old age by the year 2000.  However, I would like to have a personal robot and a spaceship.


The Public Library – An Underutilized Resource


I completed the Photoshop 2 class at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library this afternoon.  I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot of new things to improve my Photoshop skills.

Public libraries are an underutilized resource in most communities.  They offer free educational classes, children’s programs, homework help, book clubs, and all sorts of other benefits to the community.

Have you been to the library lately and if so what do you like most about your public library?

Local Library – Not Just Books

Local libraries are full of valuable resources that can benefit everybody in the community.  The library in my city offers:

  • Books, movies, and music
  • Used bookstore
  • Free concerts
  • Free move night
  • Help with homework
  • Genealogy center
  • Free computer classes
  • Story telling time for children
  • Public computer labs
  • Speakers and educational programs for all ages
  • Rotating art exhibits
  • Business center for sending faxes or making copies
  • E-Readers that can be checked out by patrons
  • Meeting rooms for study groups or small events
  • Outreach services that deliver books and other materials to nursing homes and home-bound residents

What is available at your local library?  If your don’t know, visit your library and you may be surprised by what you find.