Paper cutting or Drawings?

I love looking at illustrations.  It is a big part of my job when it comes to selecting picture books for the library collection. Illustration plays a major role in this type of book and can often make or break a story.  And a trend we’ve been seeing more of in the last few years is paper-cut illustrations. The artist uses paper and cuts in intricate ways to make gorgeous pictures that seem to jump off the page. That’s what I thought when I saw the work of Eiko Ojala.

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Ojala uses his computer to digitally render these illustrations….no paper involved at all! Of course, paper art is his inspiration, and you’ll love looking through the various examples on his website. While the digital world has dramatically moved forward in making realistic images (CGI, anyone?), does this take away from the “real” art of paper cutting?  I don’t think so. It has merit on its own, I strongly believe.

Take a few minutes to wander through the site. You won’t be disappointed!

Batman Fans Rejoice!

In the past, we’ve had quite a few young readers come to storytime dressed in costume….on a regular day of the week. So I know there are a lot of superhero fans out there!  How about this great shelf idea for someone who loves Batman? This Etsy seller makes two versions, both of which would look great in a young boy’s bedroom (although I love how they stack adult books into these ones).

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Typing, the New Way!

The library had a typewriter in use up until only a few years back. I remember one young man who stopped in his tracks when he heard the click-clack of the keys as Judi worked on a library card. He looked back and asked what that sound was. We thought it was hilarious, but like most kids from his generation, he had never heard one in use. Yes, it made us all feel old.

But the beautiful old typewriters were quite impressive. The original ones weighed about a million pounds, and of course, there was no such thing as correction tape. If you made a mistake, you needed to either strike out the word, or start all over again. Can you imagine how accurate we’d be as typists today if auto-correct/spell-check and correction tape had never been invented? (Actually, maybe we better not go there. I’m sure we wouldn’t be any further ahead, and probably more frustrated.)

The typewriters made right before computers were much less impressive, and geared toward efficiency, not beauty. They were often quieter, but certainly didn’t inspire anyone by their form. But what if you could have the beauty of a typewriter, with the function of a computer? How about a USB typewriter??

il_fullxfull_410105148_88tj_largeThis is such a neat idea! The company provides conversion kits, completed typewriters or custom builds—including your choice of paint jobs! How fun is this?! (It’s so fun, I can’t stop using exclamation points!)

Now I want one of these.

A Book by Any Other Cover…

“I read this book already, but I didn’t recognize it.”

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We’ve heard this on a number of occasions, when someone has taken out a book and then brought it back, only to have already read it. It’s not that they forgot; the cover is different! This happens quite often when books are released in other countries…the covers will often change. And while we don’t usually purchase books in other languages, sometimes we will get copies that have been released in England. Sometimes, even the title changes!

You can see a fun list of identical books (inside the covers, at least) right here at The Millions. Have you read any of these? Have you read any a second time by mistake?

What Will They Make?

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We’ve got paint. We’ve got glitter. We’ve got stickers and glue and markers. Today is Mini House Design at the library for our young friends aged 6 – 9. We expect everyone to leave here today with a mini-house, perfect for fairies, gnomes or even birds! We’ll post some of our favourites on our Facebook page later this week, so don’t forget to check back! We’re getting creative at the library during the March Break!

 

 

Printable Post-it Notes

I came across this ingenious idea recently on the Skip to my Lou blog, which always has lots of great crafty ideas.  This is especially timely for Christmas, when we’re often picking up little stocking stuffers for friends and family.

There are so many cute little post-it note dispensers, I know I’ve been tempted to purchase one on occasion. But the idea of giving just a stack of paper in a cute dispenser is lacking something. Not so, now. At Skip to my Lou, they’ve designed a template that will allow you to print a special message on your top piece of paper (or throw a few within the stack for surprises later in the year)! Just download, stick your papers onto the template, then design and print.  Drop by the blog to see how to do it. 

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Stick ‘em up!

Make Me a Bookmark!

If you’re looking for an adorable little project to do with the kids on a snow day, why not gather up some supplies and make these cute little fabric covered button bookmarks!

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I spotted these on a wonderful craft blog I follow regularly, called Skip to My Lou.  They often have great ideas for simple crafts that kids…and adults…can do, without a lot of cost involved. All of the instructions for the bookmarks are right here.  Just purchase a few covered buttons and bookmark clips from your local craft store, find some adorable fabric (you can even use old t-shirts or any other fabric scraps you may have lying around), and get out the glue gun!  Once you’re done, download the cute printable onto cardstock to hand out with your homemade gifts! Voila! A present for Grandma or that nice neighbour.

Happy crafting!