THE CORK DORK

While this title is appealing to many of us after a long week at work, THE CORK DORK by Bianca Bosker is getting some attention, especially from libraries. It is being compared to chef Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, and debuted on he New York Times non-fiction list at #5.

THE CORK DORK: A WINE-FULED ADVENTURE AMONG THE OBSESSIVE SOMMELIERS, BIG BOTTLE HUNTERS, AND ROGUE SCIENTISTS WHO TAUGHT ME TO LIVE FOR TASTE, is a no-holds-barred account of the real lives of sommeliers who take their jobs super seriously, from licking stones so that they know how slate tastes, to avoiding brushing their teeth in the morning so as not to spoil their work. (Honestly, it sounds like these people Bosker writes about are not the most hygienic. If you’re thinking about taking this up full time, you might want to reconsider.)

Bosker is making the rounds now doing podcasts and interviews, so if you have a wine-lover in your midst, you might want to pick this up, hopefully signed, to give as a gift in the near future. Pair it with a bottle of wine, and you have a winner!

Change Your Carbon Footprint

1g_f4_lya8u-erwan-hesryWith the New Year just around the corner, you might be thinking of ways YOU can make a difference to our planet. Even though we’ve all heard the usual “reduce, reuse, recycle” chant, not many of us really make an effort to follow through. But I came across a fun post about “5 Ways to Help You Reduce Your Footprint”, that really does have some good suggestions.  Keep in mind, this is a foreign post, so some of the ideas won’t apply here in Canada in the same way, but the general ideas are good.  Think…..plants.

Read Magazines During the Holidays!

flipster_poster_11x171-page-001If you’re looking for things to do while you’re off on holidays, and the library is closed, don’t forget that you can download magazines to your computer or device and read for FREE!  All you need is your library card!

Flipster is fabulous….and we have tons of great magazines for the whole family. Download the latest issues, or back issues, print off pages to keep recipes or articles, and read as many issues as you like, just by using your library card.

Visit our website and click on the Flipster banner to start reading today!

Don’t Let Them Break In!

Break InsFor a long-overdue Frivolous Friday Post, let’s talk about break-ins. With the holiday season upon us, many people are getting ready to travel and leave our homes unoccupied, and most of us are starting to fill our homes with presents. As a kid, I remember a long day of Christmas shopping with my family ending in tears when we came back to our car after a meal to find all of our gifts had been stolen. It’s a terrible feeling, and even worse when someone breaks into your home.

So, is there anything you can do about it? I came across a really interesting article from a radio station in Portland, Oregon, that interviewed 86 criminals currently incarcerated for breaking and entering, about would–and would not–prohibit them from entering a home intending to steal.  And it might not be what you think.

Read the article here to find out what you can do to make your surroundings a little less inviting to criminals this holiday season. Turns out the top three turn-offs for burglar are big dogs, a car in the driveway, and music or TV playing inside the house. For those who have a little more spare cash, another great deterrent are cameras.

More Bees, Please!

Your weekly dose of cute comes courtesy of an adorable seventh grader who LOVES bees sooooo much, she started a blog about them! Beegether reads like a loveletter to bees, and those who care about their existence on our planet. The author, Natasha, posts photos, relevant news articles, and even has a newsletter that you can subscribe to if you love bees as much as she does!

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This is a fabulous example for anyone her age who feels passionately about something and wants to share it with others. I have a feeling this is one tween who isn’t taking selfies and leaving emoji-filled comments on her friends’ Snapchat and Instagram pages. Why aren’t there more globally-minded kids out there like her? I bet that there are, and with a little encouragement, we could be seeing more content like this online that is not only positive, but action-oriented.

Visit the site, take her survey, and sign up for that newsletter! Show her that bees are important to us all.

Rejected Princesses

princessesHave you seen this amazing website called Rejected Princesses? It’s not your typical princessy site, and in fact, is all about amazing, strong, incredible women you’ll never hear about in a Disney movie simply because they are a little bit off-beat.

Check out a few of the many wonders like Jeanne de Clisson:

1or… Mary Anning:

maryanning-560x792The graphics on this website are so appealing and give readers a glimpse into the worlds of these amazing women in a variety of ways. The search capabilities are fun and very detailed, and honestly, let you get lost in the variety and detail of this site and the women it’s about. While it looks like it would appeal to young girls, some of the language is a little frank, so please be aware before you let your daughters take a gander. However, the information majorly trumps the slightly offensive words.

Thanks to Caroline for suggesting this great website!

iPads for Beginners

Last weekend, we held one of our first tech seminars of the fall–“Introduction to Android”, and it was hugely popular. Patrons who have iPads aren’t out of the loop, though…we’re having a webinar for you on Saturday, Oct. 8th at 2pm! 

20160916_111638“iPads for Beginners” will cover everything a beginner needs to know about using iPads. It will be a hands-on session devoted to instruction, with some question time at the end. If you have a brand new iPad, please make sure that you have it set up before you attend the session, as our tech-spert won’t have time to do all of the initial things that are necessary to get the iPad registered etc.

Participants should bring their devices charged and ready to go. We’ll help you connect to our Wi-fi when you get here and go through all of the fun things you need to know in order to use your iPad fully.  And if you need more instruction following this session, Caroline offers Tech Thursdays—a full hour of one-on-one sessions about anything you need help with.

For the seminar and the one-on-one sessions, please call to register at 257-2702. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity!