Popular!

For our Frivolous Friday post, if you’ve ever wasted precious minutes looking at Grumpy Cat on the internet:

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…you might like a few new outlets for your visual interests. But you could spend a lot of time following links on Facebook, running through Tumblr feeds and flipping through Instagram posts to find the best images on the web right now. So when I came across Oublio, I was hooked! It organizes the most popular images on the web right now into one easy format. Just click the type of social media you’re most interested in, and up pops the image receiving the most views at any particular moment.

Keep in mind, sometimes the images are not for everyone, but they change often. And usually, they’re really fascinating! So, if you have a minute to pop to the site, that’s all it takes.  You’ll definitely want to bookmark this page to come back to later. It’ll be your new instant web crush!

This Is Where I Read

In August, we’re doing something fun on Instagram.

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We want all of our patrons to take photos of yourselves–or people you love–reading!  Is your favourite spot at the end of the dock?  Or do you like to read in a hammock? Wherever you spend your time flipping through the pages on a lazy summer afternoon, we’d love to know about it.  All you need is your camera and Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #cplibrary…..and the NEW hashtag…. #thisiswhereiread

 

Go! Start reading now!

30 Day Instagram Book Challenge!

We’re having fun with Instagram at the library this summer! Please feel free to take photos of books you’re reading, books you want to read or events at the library. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #cplibrary so that we’ll see them!

But if you’re looking for something a bit more fun, why not join us for the 30 Day Instagram Book Challenge! If you want to participate, just follow the list and take a book-related photo each day in July. (Use the same #cplibrary hashtag.) Here is the fun list, starting on July 1st! (Get out there on Canada Day and show your love of books!)

IMG_4461  (Just an example)……..This is the book I most want to make something from this summer.     #cplibrary #cuterecipebooks

JULY:

  1. Your favourite book.
  2. Your least favourite book.
  3. A book that makes you LOL (laugh out loud).
  4. A book that makes you cry.
  5. A book you wished you lived in.
  6. Your favourite YA or Juvenile book (you can use one you loved as a kid).
  7. A favourite quote from a book.
  8. A book that scares you.
  9. A book that you wish was never written (maybe it’s sooooo good, nothing else even comes close and it has spoiled you for reading forever!).
  10. A book that changed your life.
  11. A book where the main character is most like you.
  12. A book with a main character you’d love to marry!
  13. Your favourite author (or a photo of one of his/her books).
  14. A book that is most like your life.
  15. The first chapter book you ever read.
  16. A book you always recommend.
  17. A book you tell people not to read.
  18. A book you’re embarrassed to like.
  19. A book you’d only recommend to your BFF (your best friends).
  20. A book you’ve read more than once.
  21. Your favourite picture book.
  22. The book you plan to read next.
  23. A book you tell people you’ve read (or finished)…but haven’t!
  24. A favourite scene from a book.
  25. A book you read at school and loved.
  26. Your favourite non-fiction book.
  27. Best book you’ve read this year so far.
  28. The last book you finished.
  29. The book you’re currently reading.
  30. Your favourite coffee table book!

Of course, some of these entries will be easier than others.  And if you can’t find the actual book to take a picture of, feel free to get creative. Draw the cover, or just jot down the title and grab that phone!  We’re looking for creativity, most of all! Have fun in July (you might want to start planning now) and don’t forget to hashtag #cplibrary.

Photos!

I used to use a wonderful photo editor online to fix up, crop or make a collage for all the library pictures I take. But when the website closed down, I was in a desperate search for something just as good, just as easy to use.  I think I’ve found it in PicMonkey.

You can upload your photos and fix them using all the great tools, or even morph them into new and fantastic things using the fun options. But what I really love, is the ease with which you can merge two photos.  It’s fabulous!

Take for example, this photo of Ronald McDonald® visiting the library.

While it’s a fun picture on its own, I wanted to add someone special to it for the purposes of showing how this great tool works. Using the Eraser and Overlay tool, I was able to take this photo which has a white background:

…and erase all the white to incorporate him into the bigger picture.

Just a little bit of fun for anyone who might want to play around with photo editing sites. Do you have other great sites that you use to edit photos online?

Authors and Photos

I recently read an article in the current edition of Quill & Quire magazine about the “Delicate Art of the Author Photo”. Leah Sandals talked about how author photos are getting more sophisticated, and yet, not so.

It seems that author photos, the ones you see on the back book jacket, are changing.  Many well established authors tend to use old photos (some from as far back as the 1970’s, maybe the original photo from their first published book?), not really caring about what you see when you turn to the back to glean a few bits of information. Gone are the days when a husband or family friend took the photo you see. Now, many authors are resorting to a professional photographer to capture them in their own environment or possibly, just to look good. 

J. K. Rowling’s photo. Professional.

What Sandals noted, however, was that these photos are also become more creative, and sometimes laughable. While one author chose to use a photo of himself wrapped only in a towel to display his athletic form, that might be going too far.  I don’t care or want to see something like that.  Give me a good head shot any day. (Unless the book is about the author’s transformation from frump to fit, then it just doesn’t matter to me.) Her advice?  Use a professional photographer to get something worth putting in the book. And don’t get them done at Sears.

I know that I often look at those photos.  Sometimes, I’m surprised by what the author looks like–he couldn’t possibly be the person who wrote this book, I might think–and sometimes, they’re perfect.  One of my co-workers often comments to me about pictures.  It seems she puts a lot of weight into how the author looks. Does it influence what I think about that book?  Not usually, but if the picture is strange, I might not want to look at it again.

So, do you look at the back cover to see what an author looks like when you read a book?

Published in: on July 5, 2012 at 11:12 am  Comments (2)  
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Start a Phlog!

In the summer, we tend to do a little more “phlogging” than at other times of the year.  What’s phlogging, you ask? A phlog is a photo blog! More and more, phlogs are turning up as a great way for people to show off the photos they take on vacations or in their everyday lives. Facebook isn’t the best platform to shocase photos, but a simple photo blog is the perfect way. If you have a smartphone and tend to take a lot of pictures, you can download an app to a great WordPress blog format and start using it right away.

One of the most important things to think about when setting up a phlog is what your layout should look like.  You want your photos to be front and center, so choose a blog format that is designed specifically for photos.  There should be large, blank space, and ideally a blog that will allow your photos to remain full sized. (There’s nothing worse than tiny photos you have to click on to view.)  This blog would not be ideal for a phlog, with all of the links and widgets on the side columns.  We post lots of photos at times, but if I were to turn to posting strictly photos, this is not the template I would choose.  You might also go for a phlog template that has a white or black background, something that won’t compete with the colours in your pictures.

A lot of people are taking pictures with their smartphones and using Instagram to edit them into beautiful, artistic photos.  Even Instagram itself has a great photo blog, filled with tips on getting the most out of your photos. You can see what other people are doing with their photos and they have super tips and ideas to get the most out of your smartphone.

Thanks to Labellenuage for the great Instagram photo!

While we might not have a true photo blog for the library, it’s always fun to think of new ways to post what’s going on. One of our favourite blog posts with photos happened last summer for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover.  We might do something similar this year, so keep watching.

What would YOU post on a phlog?

Published in: on May 29, 2012 at 8:57 am  Comments (1)  
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