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!

download(Photo courtesy of Pedro Lastra at Unsplash.com)

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!

Program Evaluations

-POP(1)If you’ve been enjoying the library this summer by participating in reading programs or activities, we’d love to hear from you! Take a few minutes to drop by the library to fill out a quick survey, or do it right now by clicking on this link! It’s easy, and fun.

Tell us how we did!

 

Electronic Resources at the Library

While many of you are already thinking summer, we’d like to remind you about some of the great eResources we have available on our library website to help with homework, reading and more. There is more here than just an online encyclopedia—how about book suggestions, read-alongs, and more!

To access any of these great eResources, all you need to do is visit our website at:

http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

eResourcesDid you notice how many of these offer French options? And everything is available 24/7! All you need is your library card. Click on one of the links above, and get searching.

Literacy Tutoring at the Library

SUMMERLast summer was such a success, we’re doing it again…..summer Literacy Tutoring at the library. It’s a great program aimed at helping emergent readers gain more confidence and focus on some trouble areas they might be having.

We still have some spaces available for children who were in Junior Kindergarten or Senior Kindergarten this year. Each child will have a two week session, where they will meet for one hour each day (Monday to Thursday), one-on-one with the tutor. If you think your child might be in need of some extra summer help, please drop by the library to pick up a registration kit. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay. We will not take registration through the blog, so please come by the library or give us a call at 257-2702.

Registration will be open until May 31st.