Enjoy Everything In Life!

Since we’ve finished up with tax season, many of you might be wondering how to enjoy more out of life without racking up debt. Recently, I came across a great post about how to travel, get things you really want, and save money—all without having a rich uncle leave you a fortune.

The strategy is simple…..live within your means. Nothing fancy. Nothing requiring lots of study or investing. Just live within your means and save for the things you really want. It’s certainly doable….you just have to commit to doing it. (Of course, for some, this might be advice that comes too late. But there are still great hints here to help you find some extra places to save!)

You can read the whole article here, called “The Totally Unsexy Skill That Makes it Easier to Go After What You Want”. It has some great tips for lifestyle choices you can make, as well as solid savings advice.

If you’d like more on this topic of living debt-free, we have some great books at the library, including Christine Conway’s THE DEBT-FREE LIFESTYLE. Drop in and we can show you were to find it and more books like it on the shelf.



How to Pack a Suitcase

If you’re thinking about traveling in the near future, you might think that packing your suitcase is a simple thing. We’ve all heard the tricks—roll up your clothing so that it doesn’t wrinkle, purchase small containers to transfer your shampoo into, and make sure not to pack any scissors or knives in your carry on.

But Marie Kondo takes packing to a new level. We’ve all heard of her book THE LIFE CHANGING ART OF TIDYING UP, and many have tried her home organization tips seen in her Netflix show. Did you know she also offers packing tips for the busy traveler?

Take a few minutes to work out her suggestions, and you’ll wind up at your destination looking wrinkle-free, and with plenty of space to bring home a few trinkets.

Where are you going this spring or summer?

Canada Reads

Today is Day 4 of Canada Reads!  If you’ve been watching so far, you’ll know that three of the books have already been eliminated, and tomorrow will be the most exciting day of all! You can read a spoiler review of the books already voted out right here. And tomorrow, check in on Facebook, or the Canada Reads section of the CBC Books website to watch the debate live. It starts at 11am E.T.

Which book will win? Stay tuned to find out!

International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of happiness….also known as the first day of spring, and that’s got to make a lot of people happy!

Happiness is such a broad term, and sometimes elusive for people. There are plenty of different ways to bring on happiness…good music, food, friends, your family, and yes…even a clean house.  OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM by Gretchen Rubin is the latest in the long trend of decluttering your life in order to make your inner self feel less overwhelmed. You can find this book, and others like it (Marie Kondo, anyone) in our library. Place a hold or drop in to see what we have on the shelves.

Spring is a fabulous time to start fresh!

Empowering Graphic Novels for Teens and Adults

If you follow A Mighty Girl on Facebook or their blog, you’ll know that this site is all about empowering girls, and the promotion of others who are doing the same. Recently, they did a great post about Graphic Novels for Teens and Adults that have strong female protagonists, that show a character facing a serious issue, and those that bring a deeper level to the story than your typical graphic novel for children.

Graphic novels are super popular with teens, and while a lot of parents and teachers tend to frown on the idea of promoting “comic” books to teens, graphic novels are much more than just stories with pictures. They usually tell one long tale, as opposed to some comics that feature many different stories under one cover, and the artwork can be amazing! Plus, if a teen is reading, it doesn’t matter if they’re pouring over the cereal box—they’re reading! Encourage them to pick up some of these books from the library, or keep the list and purchase several for their next birthday or special event.

You can find the entire article on the Mighty Girl website, along with a detailed list of great graphic novels like the ones featured above. Get your teen interested…and empowered!

The Truth about Writing Books

We have a pretty interesting writers’ group at the library, with participants who are just starting their writing journey, to those who have written and published books already. It’s a group who like to commiserate over the lows (endless revision and rejections), and praise the highs (seeing your book in print for the first time and finally making it through a chapter), but most of all, they understand that process is tough. People who have never considered writing a book, however, often don’t understand the toll it takes, thinking only that it must be glamorous and cash-filled.

Recently, I came across a great post by Middle Grade author Caroline Donofrio (who writes under the pen name Caroline Cala), about her first book, BEST BABYSITTERS EVER. She explains the myths (authors earn big money and go on lavish book tours), and also the joys (she named an arcade in one of her books after a friend’s cat), and how long it really takes for books to become real, physical objects.

Take a few minutes to read through “10 Surprising Things I Learned While Writing a Book”, and you’ll understand why those big names get the big tours, and why most of the writing world has no say in what their book covers will look like. It’s a short read–but informative!