Sleep, the Final Frontier

Some days, I could sleep very comfortably at my desk. But get into bed at night, and I’m wide awake. Okay, so it could be the fact that I fall asleep on the couch at some point after dinner, but I want to believe that my body is making up for the fact that I haven’t slept all the way through the night before.

Sleep times are a big question. What time should I go to bed in order to wake up refreshed and ready the next day? And since most of us don’t have the option of waking up naturally, we need to know our optimal bedtimes.

I came across this wildly interesting site that calculates your bedtime based on the time you want to wake up. But…not only does it figure in the average 15-minute fall asleep period, it also factors in the optimal 5 – 6 90 minute sleep cycles. Get to sleep when it tells you, and you’ll “naturally” wake up in between one of these cycles, feeling refreshed.

I’m planning on going to bed tonight at one of the suggested times. Hopefully tomorrow, I’ll be bright eyed and bushy tailed all day! Wish me luck….


Frivolous Friday!

For some truly frivolous information today, we’re talking about cheeseburgers–specifically the cheeseburger emoji!

Recently, Google came under fire for their cheeseburger emoji, and the controversy went viral. Apparently, the world’s emoji users thought the Google version—with the cheese BELOW the meat—just wasn’t right. They demanded that Google update the character to show the cheese above the meat. And they were taken seriously.

The original tweet by Thomas Baekdal: (cheeseburger images from Emojipedia)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded in a tweet:

 While it seems like a ridiculous argument, the idea of putting the cheese below the meat would mean a soggy, cheesy overflow on the bottom bun, which in the culinary world, just won’t fly. Apparently, Google had a previous issue with a search result for caramelized onions that nearly broke the internet, so the people at Google are taking this (somewhat) seriously.
What will the new cheeseburger emoji look like? We’ll have to wait and see. It should be available in an update and on new devices soon.

The Internet and Libraries

The internet vs. the library.

It is a well-debated topic. Are libraries still relevant when we have instant access to information on the internet? Being in a public library setting on a daily basis, I can strongly argue that not only does the internet make libraries more relevant, but it makes us almost indispensable.

Take for example, this quote:

The library is one of the only places people ca go to get free, unlimited personal assistance navigating the online universe.

——-Mandy McGee, Adult Services Supervisor at Elmwood Park Public Library (excerpt taken from THIS IS WHAT A LIBRARIAN LOOKS LIKE by Kyle Cassidy)

This is so true on many levels. We have five public access computers, as well as free wi-fi at our library. Many larger libraries probably have even more to offer, including the use of devices such as tablets that they can borrow. Every day, we have many questions from people who are using the internet—including how to print a page, how to save a document to a USB drive or to the computer, where to find phone numbers, maps, or addresses, how to open an email account, how to use Facebook, and a variety of countless things that might only pop up once in a while.

People need us. Not everyone has their own computer. Not everyone knows how to use a computer to look up information or to apply for jobs or funding. Not everyone understands how to access public wi-fi. While we strive to help everyone find and use the information online that they want, sometimes, it will take a little more than just a quick five minutes. So, we also offer weekly tech-tutoring, which is a one-on-one session with our “tech-spert” to go over whatever technical questions a person would like to learn. Our tech tutor teaches people how to double click a mouse, how to save documents into files, where to log into the internet, how to access public wi-fi, how to print something, what certain programs are capable of doing, and much, much more.

Now, think about purchasing a new computer. Can you go back to the store repeatedly to ask how to operate that computer? Can you continually call tech-support and get immediate assistance for free? Can you go back to the same people when you forget what they explained the first time? I would have to guess that most often, the answer is no.

But at the library, we will help you as many times as you need, for whatever your problems might include. And if we can’t figure something out, we’ll try to find someone who knows, or find the information online to help you with your issue.

Even if you’re very skilled in using your device, sometimes people just need a little assistance to work a new app, or print something wirelessly. We do that. And we do it for free every single time, usually without much of a wait time.

Where else can you get service like that?

Libraries will continue to be sources of personal assistance in navigating the world wide web, which is essentially just one large depot for information. Exactly what we’ve always done, just in a new way. And until there is a free community access facility to help people with technology and information on how to use it, the library will be absolutely necessary. Always…now, just with an ‘on’ button.

Happy Ontario Public Library Week!




Young Driver, Experienced Driver

Whether you have a teen at home who is learning to drive, or you’re taking a G1 test again due to an accident, you can get some practice on your G1 written test on our library website. While it’s not an official test designed by the Government of Ontario, it will help you discover what you might need to work on, or just give you some extra practice when you go to write the real thing.

Visit our website, or click directly on this link to access the test pages now. It’s bound to be informative and helpful!

Apps, Apps, and more Apps

We know that some people find apps a bit confusing. And the more current the library becomes, the more apps we have available to our patrons. But what if you’d like to use them and find them too tricky to figure out? No problem! We’re having a library apps workshop to help you figure things out.

Please call us to register for this workshop which takes place on Saturday, July 22 at 10:30am. Spaces are limited, so please call early.


James Patterson has done it again. No, I don’t mean that he’s written another book, although the man just has to sneeze and out comes another best-seller. But this time, it’s all about what he’s giving back, and it’s amazing.

This year, Patterson has promised $1.75 million to school libraries in the United States. Specifically, he wants to give $500 to 3500 teachers. While many school libraries have seen cutbacks (and this isn’t just an issue in the US), teachers often bear the brunt of the problem, having to supplement their meager classroom libraries with current books that will provide reading material for their students. Patterson knows it’s just a drop in the bucket, but that $500 will go a long way, especially in schools where they don’t even have libraries anymore.

This isn’t the first time James Patterson has donated money to schools. He launched the program in 2015 along with the Scholastic Reading Club as a way to bolster reading in schools. So far, he’s donated $3.5 million, and has no plans to stop now.

It’s nice to hear about people giving back to their communities, especially when they have plenty. Good on you, James Patterson! Let’s hope he starts a trend!