She is fearless!

We like to have fun at the library. And a big part of that has been our summer student, Emma, and her creative talents that keep our young patrons happy and coming back for programs. So this week, we thought we’d challenge her to a little bit of crazy we’re calling the first ever “Carleton Place Public Library Great Scavenger Hunt for Emma!” 

She has a list of items to try to complete this week, and so far, she’s done such an amazing job, I’m wondering why we haven’t done this in the past!

First up this week, she created a Twitter account for a sparkly stapler that gets a lot of attention at the library. If you tweet, give it a follow. It’ll be fun, I’m sure!

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Next, she was challenged to create a stained glass window craft (because she’s so crafty with the kids!), that featured a character either from THE LORD OF THE RINGS, or ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.  We came into work and found this lovely taped to the window!

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But the topper on Monday was her challenge to drive through the local Tim Hortons to pick up some timbits for the library. Sounds easy, right?  Not even close!  Her challenge was to order in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet, and she’d get bonus points if it rhymed. She even managed to get her brother to help, giving him the cinematography credit on this great video. Check out this great link to watch the video, and be ready to laugh!

It’s going to be a fun week. Keep an eye on our Facebook page if you want to see more!

 

 

Do you waste time?

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It’s that time again….Frivolous Friday! Just a little bit of fun to get you through the weekend. And what are we talking about this week? FACEBOOK!

We all spend too much time scrolling through our newsfeed to see what fun and exciting things our friends are doing. And don’t forget all that time it takes to post your own great status updates, photos and videos. Just to share a post on your own timeline can take about a minute, if you’re adding a comment. So, just how much time do you waste on Facebook? Time Magazine has come up with a way to find out.

Facebook has been around for 10 years now. Hard to believe, isn’t it?  And while many of us make claims that we don’t use it very much, you might not be as accurate as you think. While Facebook doesn’t post data about how often their users log on, Time has created an app that will calculate your time spent on the site based on the timestamps on every post in their feed.  Just log in, allow their app to scan your feed and they’ll give you some very interesting results. Don’t worry, this will not be posted on your Facebook page. (Just click on the TIME magazine link above to be taken to the page).

While it tells me the average person spends 17 minutes on Facebook, our library results were less than accurate, I think. Even though it shows we’ve been online since June 30, 2010, it only recorded 18 posts….and if you follow us on Facebook, we have plenty more than that. Plus, it said we waste ZERO time on the site!  While I’d like to brag about that (yes, all of the time we spend there is important and not wasted at all), I’m hoping your records might be a little closer to the truth. Try it and let us know!

Published in: on February 7, 2014 at 3:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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Witty Tweets = Book Deal?

If you use Twitter, eventually, you’ll want to follow people who write exciting/interesting/funny tweets. Otherwise, the stream of tweets becomes monotonous, or at best, forgettable. If you don’t follow someone who posts regularly and with some thought behind it, you’ll probably give up on it altogether. (I got so tired of everyone posting “Buy this book!” tweets that I left my feed alone for about a year.) Of course, this applies to all forms of social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, to name a few.

So, then why do we hear about people who are getting book deals from their Twitter/Facebook posts? Could someone out there actually be posting useful or entertaining information? The answer is YES!  There are plenty of great people to follow, and many who have reached a book deal because of their great tweets. Like who, you might ask?  How about some of these:

Charlie McDowell is a Twitter user who started posting the overheard and slightly-insane conversations of the two young women who lived in the apartment above him. His funny look at a situation that could have become very annoying brought about the book DEAR GIRLS ABOVE ME : INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.

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We’ve all seen the “Hey, Girl” memes splashed over the internet with Ryan Gosling as the star saying sensitive, swoon-worthy, I-wish-they-were-true things about all kinds of women. Danielle Henderson took them one step further with her book called FEMINIST RYAN GOSLING : FEMINIST THEORY AS IMAGINED FROM YOUR FAVORITE SENSITIVE MOVIE DUDE.

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And Canadian Taylor Jones thought of the ingenious idea whereby people hold up an old photograph taken in a location they can visit again, and then take a photo of the photo with the present in the background. It sounds more complicated than it is. People began sending him photos right away, and it became the wonderful book called DEAR PHOTOGRAPH.

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You can see an entire list of great social media sites that garnered people book deals right here. Have you read any of these books?  Do you follow any of these authors?

Published in: on January 16, 2014 at 3:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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Carleton Place is Fantastic!

It’s the day before the Bridge Street Bazaar here in Carleton Place, and we’re excited. If you’re not familiar with the event, the entire length of Bridge Street will be closed from 9am – 4pm Saturday, August 3rd, so that everyone can walk downtown and visit all the great tables, stores and special shows. There will be over 100 vendors with their goods on display and lots to see and do. Come hungry, because there are always lots of fun places to eat. Have a slice of pizza, some of Mike’s fries, or even some Vietnamese food!  The possibilities are almost endless! Check out the link above to see everything that will be happening, rain or shine!

We’re excited that this year, we’ve got a fun event happening during the bazaar.  You can drop in this week to pick up the information, or grab a handout when you park in the library parking lot Saturday morning. We’ll have a table set out and friendly people to answer your questions. What are we doing?  We’re asking you to “GO!” to some of our favourite spots in Carleton Place as part of the TD Summer Reading Club, and take a photo. That’s it!  And there will be PRIZES!!

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All you need is a phone that can download the FOURSQUARE app.  Once you register, you can find CP Library and we’ll add you to our friends list. Then, just go to each of the places listed in our “GO! CARLETON PLACE!” list and use the hint to take a photo. If you have Facebook, upload it there and hashtag it as #cplibrary.  Or do the same on Instagram!  We’re excited to see how many people will participate.  It’s going to be fun, and you have until Friday, August 9th to finish the task in order to qualify for the prizes.

Just a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, August 5th, for the long weekend. We’ll see you Tuesday!

Disconnected?

I’m not a big fan of Twitter. There is too much pressure to post interesting, quote-worthy zingers that someone will not only like, but re-tweet.  It’s not enough to be famous and post about what you ate for dinner. If you have a million followers, your tweets better be entertaining, have insight and be share-worthy to the highest degree. It seems almost impossible for the average person, then, to be able to keep up with those standards.  Which is probably why many of us are “followers” and “re-tweeters” more than actual “tweeters”.

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In cases like the Boston bombings, Twitter played a MAJOR part in getting information out to the public, and also allowing friends and family to know that a loved one was okay.  This type of usage is paramount. Amazing that we can learn about a world event in seconds, right from the source, and pass it on to others. This aspect of Twitter is incredible.

But more and more, we are seeing and even encouraged to Tweet during live events.  From an entertainment standpoint, tweeting during the finale of American Idol about your thoughts on each performer probably isn’t such a big deal. I find it appalling, however, that at a recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, people were tweeting witty remarks during the event. There was even an article from Time Magazine posted the following day with the Best Tweets from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

All right, I understand the irony here….that I’m complaining about communication during a correspondents’ event, but this is just the latest example. Why are so many people attending events that should mean something to them, and texting on their phones? Can’t they put their phones away for a couple of hours to actually BE in the moment? Are these events so unimportant to them that they sit there composing the best one-liners they can think of, all the while ignoring what is happening right in front of them? If that’s the case, they’re the wrong people to be involved.

We are becoming too disconnected in our lives. We sit at our computers, with our phones in hand, texting, emailing, checking Facebook status, surfing……and we’re completely ignoring our actual flesh-and-blood lives. Will this stop?  I doubt it.  I’m sure it’s only going to get worse as social media becomes less about being social and more about media. Maybe people should be posting more thoughts about this on Twitter, to reach the people that really need it.

Do you tweet during important events in your life?

 

 

Obsessed with Facebook

 

 

Are you obsessed? Our library Facebook page is a lot of fun to keep going, and yes, we check it quite a bit. For our Firvolous Friday post, a few interesting facts about Facebook and our obsession with the social media site.

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 Thanks to Online Schools for this unique visual!

Published in: on January 4, 2013 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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