Because motivation pervades all action, it is important that we have a positive motivation. Whatever we are involved in, whether it’s politics, education, medicine, law, engineering, science, business or industry, the nature of our motivation determines the character of our work.
— Dalai Lama

RIP Paul Allen


Bill Gates: How Paul Allen Changed My Life

When other high school kids were sneaking out of the house to go partying, Paul and I would sneak out at night to go use the computers in a lab at the University of Washington, Bill Gates recalls in a remembrance.

A fitting tribute by Bill Gates about his dear friend, Paul Allen, who was not only an impactful and charitable human being, but who was also incredibly gifted and innovative, revolutionizing computers, technology, and the world.

Please donate your time, goods, and money to charities and disaster relief institutions. 

Not only have people been devastated by Hurricane Michael, but others all over the world are in need. Those still suffering from past natural disasters, such as Puerto Rico, victims of man-made disasters, such as Flint, Michigan, and those who are poverty-stricken and destitute. 

Give what you can. Every little bit matters.



National Public Lands Day Elevates the Need for Restoration

This year, National Public Lands Day is placing special focus on the resilience and restoration of our public lands—which face a nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog. #NPLD #FixOurParks

Get out there and help preserve and protect our public lands - today and every day! 

The Great American Read on PBS


If you’re looking for something to do on Tuesday nights, I highly recommend watching The Great American Read on PBS.

Tonight is part three of the eight-part series. Definitely go back and binge the first two episodes, which kicked off the series with a look at the 100 most beloved books in America.

You have until the end of the series to head over to and vote for your absolute favorite book of the 100. The last episode will reveal which book was chosen as The Great American Read!

The show seeks to spark a national conversation about the power of reading, showcase the impact literature has on our lives, and celebrate all of our favorite reads!

Fun, inspiring, and educational!

Be grateful for all you have and give to those who have none.

Please donate your time, goods, and money to reputable charities and disaster relief organizations.

Not only are people struggling in the wake of Hurricane Florence, but others all over the world are in need. Still-suffering victims of past natural disasters, such as wildfires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, and hurricanes. Puerto Ricans who just recently got their electricity back. The people of Flint, Michigan who still don’t have clean drinking water. Those who are poverty-stricken and destitute.

Whether you volunteer for aid organizations, give of water, clothes, food, and toiletries, or just donate money, your little deed can go a long way. Be grateful for all you have and give to those who have none.


“One of the teens said he didn’t have any clothing to wear for an interview. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get him clothing, but I was just thinking of ways that [the Library] could be helpful.” —Michelle Lee, Young Adult Librarian 

Libraries are a vital part of our communities. A true national treasure. 

And many have more than just books, movies, and music to check out. Some loan passes to national parks and museums, tools, cookware…And now, New York Public Library has job interview clothes. 

How cool!