Sir Digit Izer and the Champion Word of the Week: Snickersnee

Sir Digit Izer

“I, Sir Digit Izer, of the Library of Berthoud, herby proclaim “Snickersnee” as your champion word of the week:

*To be spoken in a very proper, High English, accent* A knife resembling a sword.

“I, Sir Digit Izer, leave you with this image of the greatest battle in which snicker-snacking (extra credit for whoever can guess the literary reference) occurred!:

And one more for more word fun:


Ask a LiBRAINian: happy Just Because Day!


We all need a pick me up every once in a while, and so we thought for Just Because Day we would share some of our favorite past times with you…you know, just because!

Sara: Making homemade jewelry using materials from our local Happy Mango Beads here in Berthoud

Christy: Getting a hot chai from my favorite coffee shop and getting lost in a good book, like “Noggin”, which I recently finished.  You can read my review here

Jennifer: My favorite pastime is helping people and their families through events programs like Christmas in Berthoud

Diane: I love watching BBC TV series, I love the culture, the dry humor and the scenery!  It’s nothing like what you would see in the United States.  My favorite comedy BBC is Fawlty Towers 

Elizabeth: I love sitting around a fire on Sunday nights with my family and playing the “build a story” game with my husband, mom and little sister.  We might decide to add them to Story Bird! 

Trish: I really like lying in the grass in the middle of the night with my kitty cat, Ebony, and watching the moon cross the sky.



For your Just Because Moment, try some of these fun and spontaneous ideas

Visit someone you haven’t seen in a while

Knock on someone’s door and compliment them for their great lawn

Skip, don’t walk

Walk backwards

Sing everything instead of saying it

Buy coffee for the person in line behind you 

Hide surprise sticky notes with compliments on them around the office 

Buy your mom roses 

Try a new food item

Kid President understands the need to say things…just because!

Happy Just Because Day to all!

STEM STUFF: Tell us about clouds!

The theme for STEM STUFF this month is: WATER!

Stem Stuff

Dr. Scientific! Can you tell me about different clouds and their formations and how to identify them?
Dr. Scientific says: YES! A cloud is visible mass of liquid droplets made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere.  Clouds are classified into a system that uses Latin words to describe the appearance of clouds.

  • Cumulus = Heap
  • Stratus = Layer
  • Cirrus = Curl of Hair
  • Nimbus = Rain

After the appearance of the cloud is determined, the next classification of the cloud is based by the height of the cloud base. Cloud names containing the prefix “cirr-“, as in cirrus clouds, are located at high levels while cloud names with the prefix “alto-“, as in altostratus, are found at middle levels.

High-Level Clouds form above 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) and since the temperatures are so cold at such high elevations, these clouds are primarily composed of ice crystals. High-level clouds are typically thin and white in appearance, but can appear in a magnificent array of colors when the sun is low on the horizon.

Mid-Level Clouds typically appear between 6,500 to 20,000 feet (2,000 to 6,000 meters). Because of their lower altitudes, they are composed primarily of water droplets, however, they can also be composed of ice crystals when temperatures are cold enough.

Low-level Clouds are of mostly composed of water droplets since their bases generally lie below 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). However, when temperatures are cold enough, these clouds may also contain ice particles and snow.

Probably the most familiar of the classified clouds is the cumulus cloud. Generated most commonly through either thermal convection or frontal lifting, these clouds can grow to heights in excess of 39,000 feet (12,000 meters), releasing incredible amounts of energy through the condensation of water vapor within the cloud itself.


Here is a fun observational experiment that you can do with the whole family. See if you can identify all the clouds using these worksheets below!

Cloud cookery

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Sir Digit Izer and the Champion Word of the Week: Mamihlapinatapai

Sir Digit Izer

“I, Sir Digit Izer, of the Library of Berthoud, herby proclaim “Mamihlapinatapai” as your champion word of the week (Pronounced ma-mE-la-pin-ya-ta-pl):

*To be spoken in a very proper, High English, accent* “Refers to “a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves.”

A slightly different interpretation of the meaning also exists: “It is that look across the table when two people are sharing an unspoken but private moment. When each knows the other understands and is in agreement with what is being expressed. An expressive and meaningful silence.”

“I, Sir Digit Izer, leave you with this image of the greatest examples of Mamihlapinatapai known to man”:

Mamihlapinatapai bacon

Reading Matters: Article from The Greeley Tribune

We would like to a take a moment to share with you an article that showcases a fellow Colorado Library, High Plains Library District. This library is dedicated to providing the best service possible to their patrons and the community.

Reading Matters

High Plains Library District is fighting to show people that the Internet is not the end-all when it comes to resources available for patrons. While not all libraries in Colorado have been as lucky, High Plains Library District has had the funding to keep up with the changing role of libraries.

Here are some of the many services offered by High Plains Library:

Music Downloads and Streaming

Ebook and Audiobooks

Citizenship and Computer Basic Classes

Digital Museum Archives

Access to Subscription-only Information

Free Genealogy Research

Personalized Reading Lists

Kids’ Programs

Book a Librarian

Mobile MyLibrary App

To read the full article, click here.

STEM STUFF: Chemical makeup of water

The theme for STEM STUFF this month is: WATER!

Stem Stuff

“Dr. Scientific, let’s get…well…scientific!  Can you tell us more about the chemical makeup of water?

Dr. Scientific says: YES! Water is the chemical substance with the formula H2O, and it has one molecule of water and two hydrogen atoms. It can appear is all three common states of matter, which are solid, liquid and gas and it takes many, many different forms on our planet.  Can you think of any of those forms? (Think clouds, or seawater, maybe even ice!)

Water is is a very good polar solvent, which basically means it can dissolve other substances very well, like salt and sugar and some gases.  These items are hydrophilic in nature, which means “water-loving”. Some substances, however, are hydrophobic or, “water-fearing”.


Ask a parent to gather different ingredients from your kitchen.  See which ones will dissolve in water.  See which ones will not.  Write down your list of hydrophilic and hydrophobic substances.

Learn more about water with this fun short video by CrashCourse Biology: