Are YOU on the list?

Once again, Time Magazine has brought out its list of the Top 100 Most Influential People of 2015. Not only is the list interesting, but the pairing of the writers who put together the pieces on each individual is often inspired. There are actors, politicians, singers, artists, activists, scientists and more.

time100covergrid-finalThese people are not necessarily the most well-liked people in the world (Kanye West appears, as does his wife, Kim Kardashian West), but they are certainly the people who shape the world just by being who they are. Controversy might be seen as a negative, but it makes people talk about someone and what they stand for, and that’s influence.

Take a few minutes to drop by the site and see everyone on the list. The blurb about each person on the list is fascinating, and many are accompanied by a video. Of course, you can read the entire article in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The covers, photographed by Sebastian Kim, can be found right here.

 

Check Out a Skill!

skillCheck out a Skill at the library is only in the mid-week phase, but it’s already been super popular, and helpful to those participating.  We still have sessions that are available if you have a technology skill you’d like to learn….anything from setting up an email, to opening a browser for the first time, to downloading audiobooks to your phone. Whatever your questions, we’ve got the answers.

Call us to book a half hour session sometime later this week, or next week. Our fabulous Skill Master, Caroline, will guide you through the steps to learn a new skill. Bring along your laptop, tablet, phone or other device you want to learn, or we can book you on one of our own computers to assist with the session. So far, it’s been a popular program, and maybe something we’ll be able to offer up periodically at the library.

So, check out a new skill today! (Or next week!)

They’re Human

Don’t forget, this weekend is the Lanark County Human Library Project. We’ve got four spectacular Human Books lined up, and the spaces are filling up fast.  If you’d like to reserve your space to speak with any of our featured books, please drop by the website to get your ticket. (If you’re unable to print one off at home, drop by the library and we’ll do it for you!)

humanfourThis is a fun project that each library in Lanark County will be running this weekend, with different Human Books to be reserved. The sessions are bound to be fascinating, and you can either ask the participants questions, or just sit and listen to them talk about their projects.

Please give us a call if you have any questions about reserving your space, or about the Human Library project in general. See you on Saturday!

Everyone Has a Story

I love watching TED talks. I think some of the most fascinating ideas and people being presented in this format. So, when I came across StoryCorps, the idea appealed to me on so many levels.

It began when founder David Isay found out his father was gay, and began looking into an interesting story about gay rights in the 1960’s. After doing several interviews with people who were once banished from acceptable society, he found talking to them and asking questions about their lives was not only rewarding, but fascinating. So, he decided to start a project where people could record stories with important people in their lives, to be kept for posterity in the American Folklife Centre at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. All artwork, photos and other important memorabilia are scanned and returned to the owner, but the recorded interview and a wonderful cartoon are uploaded and available for access through the StoryCorps site.

Isay wasn’t sure whether anyone would want to participate in his project, but he created the recording booth in the heart of New York City’s Grand Central Station to see what would happen. So many people….children, teachers, soldiers, grandparents….delighted in the idea of having their voices and stories saved for generations to hear. It was so appealing, the project expanded.

It’s not only the wonderful short stories in a question and answer format (often) that are appealing, but the artwork depicting each interview. I could sit for hours and watch each of these short works and never get bored. Sometimes, they’re heartwarming and will bring a tear to your eye, and other times they’ll make you laugh. But it proves that everyday people like you and like me, all have stories to tell.

The best part is that YOU can participate as well. You can drop by one of the locations, or request a special recording. How nice would it be for your children’s children to hear their great Grandma’s voice many years from now? Or to be able to access a long-forgotten family tale. It’s amazing how easily family stories can disappear from our memories.

I love the fact that this site also offers up a series of questions based on the person you want to talk with. There is a list of general questions that you could easily use at a dinner party or business conference where you might not know a lot of people, or find making conversation difficult. Give one a try! A bet you’ll have people talking about themselves in no time.

You can see Isay’s TED talk below. Take a few minutes to go through some of the great stories on the StoryCorps website, too. You won’t be disappointed.

Human Books

human_library_logo_jpeg-1We’re getting ready for another exciting event at the Carleton Place Public Library! Yes, it’s that time of year again….the Human Library Project is almost upon us again. If you weren’t able to attend last year, we have some wonderful human books lined up for April.

What is the Human Library Project?

It’s part of a join initiative with all of the Lanark County libraries, where we offer up something unique to our patrons….the chance to speak with a fascinating person from our community, one-on-one! This isn’t a presentation series…..you come into the library and sit with one of our esteemed guests and chat with them about their work, lives or whatever they’re excited to talk about. These community members have graciously provided us their time, and all of them have a great story to tell.

When does it take place?

Set aside Saturday, April 18th for this great event. You can book your time starting April 6th to reserve your space.

Who can I talk with that day?

I encourage you to drop by the website to read a complete bio on each of our wonderful participants, but we have an Olympic volunteer, a former Deputy Minister, a Fire fighter, and a leader in the human rights movement.

Where can I find out more?

Drop by the Lanark County Human Library website to find out all of the details. You can see who will be a Human Book at each of the participating libraries, and starting April 6th, you can register to save your space online.

This is a fantastic chance to talk with someone you might never get the chance to have a conversation with normally. Don’t miss out! Spaces are limited.

Check Out a Skill!

20150320_161253We’re getting ready for something interesting in April. Not everyone is technologically-savvy, so we’ve decided to offer a “Check Out a Skill” week at the library. From April 13 -24, we’re offering half-hour sessions with one of our skill experts.  Learn to use Pinterest or Twitter, open up an email account, or finally get on Facebook and learn how to use it!

We’re taking registrations now, so give us a call. No “skill” is too simple to learn, and it’s the perfect time to learn how to use that new device (or that old one). Where else could you get this for free?  No where! Only at your library.

Projects!

onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”