Ringly, Witricity & the Selfie Stick

Today, our Frivolous Friday post aims to make your life better in some way! If you have no idea what any of those words in the title of this blog post mean, you’re not alone.  But some people are already well-versed in their usage. They are three of what Time Magazine is calling “The 25 Best Inventions of 2014″.  And yes, that means you should know about them.

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Each year, the people at Time put together their lists to keep the rest of the world up to date. And this year, many of the inventions are apps. Download to your phone, or use them on your iPad and your life is sure to be better, from an app that uses a small clip attached to your shirt to sense whether your posture is correct, to a ring that not only looks good, but buzzes to let you know you’ve received an important text or email on your phone in your purse.

Many of the items on the list will help make your life easier, but there are also some here that strive to improve not only quality of life, but solve a major problem. (All right, so the Selfie Stick doesn’t really solve a major problem, but it will make taking those candid shots a lot easier, especially if you happen to have short arms. #firstworldproblem)

If you have a few minutes, take a look through the list. It’s fun, and you might find a few things to get that special person for Christmas. Happy surfing!

 

 

Published in: on December 12, 2014 at 3:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Start Planning!

We’re more than three weeks away from 2015, but now is the time to start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions. If you jumble something together at the last minute, you’re more inclined to quit faster, I think.  But what if you took some time to plan—to really plan something—and then hit it full force on January 1st? All of the time you put in might be great motivation, so let’s get planning.

EASIER RESOLUTIONS

Instead of trying to make yourself over day by day, why not work on your surroundings this year? Clean up that clutter, get organized and make your life simple for once. We have a wealth of great books and magazines to get you started on organization. Purchase attractive baskets to put all of your loose bills, schedules and ticket stubs in. Clean out your front closet and buy some nice shelves or containers (at Boxing Day sales!) so that everyone has their own space to put hats, mitts and scarves. Your closet will look amazing, and you’ll save time cleaning up after everyone.

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MORE TIME

 If you want more time to do the things you really care about, you have to make the time. That means scheduling your free time as an important part of your daily activities, not just hoping you’ll get to put your feet up at the end of the day, or finally make it to the gym. Part of making resolutions work is having a way to incorporate them into your life so that you’ll stick with them. You won’t shop for that healthy food if you only have ten minutes to get everything for the week because of a crazy schedule, so really factor in how much you do, and make sure you leave a slot free just for you.  We have some superb books on time management at the library, so drop in to pick one up so you can read it over the holidays. Incorporate one or two ideas and that might be all you need to finally start that art project you’ve been wanting to try!

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BETTER EATING = FEELING BETTER

One thing we all tend to do during the holidays is overeat. That leaves us feeling bloated and upset with ourselves when January rolls around. Pants that you can’t even squeeze into anymore might be good incentive to get you exercising and eating right for a few weeks, but what about when February arrives and you’re sick of veggies and fish? There are so many wonderful cookbooks that come out every month, and we love pouring through them. Make a plan now to research the types of food you’d like to eat (vegetarian, gluten-free, low-fat etc.), and find a book at the library to try. If you have a plan for a new cookbook each month, it might make you excited about making healthy food. Try out each recipe and blog about them or post your creations on Facebook or Instagram. You might get a whole lot of people interested in your idea and sharing recipes!

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Whatever you choose to do for yourself in 2015, stop being so hard on yourself. And save yourself some money by dropping into the library to get the latest books, DVDs, magazines and more. You might even find a fun program to boost your creativity! We have it all at the library.

Ahoy, Mateys!

Yes, it’s that time of year again….International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And what could be more fun than pirate books!

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There is never a shortage of pirate-themed books, it seems, ranging from picture books, to craft books to YA fiction and even adult. So, hoist them sails and get ye o’er to th’ library fer some excitin’ pirate tales!

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And if you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate today, check out the variety of Pinterest boards based on the theme.

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 3:08 am  Comments (2)  
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How Much???

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Forbes just announced their estimates on the world’s top earning authors. Not surprisingly, there are several conventional names, such as James Patterson and George R.R. Martin, but there are also a few children’s authors (Jeff Kinney, with his WIMPY KID series, and Rick Riordan of the PERCY JACKSON books), and of course, the growing in popularity YA authors, such as Veronica Roth and John Green.

Here is the complete list, along with the estimations of what they earned between June of 2013 – June of 2014.

James Patterson $90 million
Dan Brown $28 million
Nora Roberts $23 million
Danielle Steel $22 million
Janet Evanovich $20 million
Jeff Kinney $17 million
Veronica Roth $17 million
John Grisham $17 million
Stephen King $17 million
Suzanne Collins $16 million
JK Rowling $14 million
George R.R. Martin $12 million
David Baldacci $11 million
Rick Riordan $10 million
El James $10 million
Gillian Flynn $9 million
John Green $9 million

Any surprises there for you?  You can read a full article from Forbes right here to see just how the numbers are calculated, and to find out a little more about each author. Are there any names you think are missing? I guess only time will tell. Get out there and buy those books!

Published in: on September 11, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Birthday, Prince George!

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Last year at this time, plenty of us were glued to our TV’s or computers, awaiting the news of the birth of the next Royal heir. (And yes, there may have been whoops and hollers at the library from certain staff members when the announcement was made. That’s all I’ll admit to.)

Although my husband is tired of the little chubby-cheeked cutie on the cover of every magazine, I can’t seem to get enough. I especially loved this funny look at the tiny Prince’s best facial expressions as ranked by the people at Buzz Feed.  This one is my favourite:

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Have a little fun with it. Happy Birthday, George!

(P.S….there are books about the Royal Family, too! Come in to see what we have at the library!)

Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Congratulations!

We hit a milestone this past week when one of our library staff celebrated 30 years of work at the Carleton Place Public Library! Congratulations, Shirley!

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We gathered Library Board Members, former staff, friends and current staff for a surprise lunch at Ballygiblins. Boy, was she surprised!

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It was weeks of hushed conversations and secret plans that poor Shirley had no idea about. For a while, I’m pretty sure she thought either everyone was talking about her behind her back (we were!), or that we were ignoring her. Poor Shirley. But wasn’t this worth all the secrecy?

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Here’s to another 30 years, Shirley! (Just kidding…..we only expect you to stay for the next 20. We’re not unreasonable, after all.)

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