Space Talk at the Library

Local astronomer Frank Hitchens is coming back to the library this month with a presentation in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing.

Join us on Saturday, July 20th, at 3pm….the exact time and date of the first moon landing…for an amazing talk about the mission, its astronauts, and more.

This event is free, and open to the general public, with no registration needed. Light refreshments will be served, so plan on a fun and interesting afternoon about space flight!

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Frivolous Friday

For our Frivolous Friday post this week, let’s talk about colouring! And not just your average adult colouring books, but something fancier, something artistic…something that will make you feel like you’ve done more than just relax. How about a collection of colouring pages that are museum quality?!

#ColorOurCollections was a special project from February of this year that featured a week-long colouring spree, put together by libraries, cultural institutions, and archives using social media as a way to bring people together. The collections of colouring pages are unique and cover a wide range of topics, from classic paintings, to floral works, to pages from medical journals. Colour your own choice, and share on social media using the hashtag, or see what other people have done in their spare time. It’s fun…and you can claim to be doing something cultural.

You can find all of the colouring pages right here. Print one off, and grab your coloured pencils. It’s time for a relaxing weekend!

Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2019

This week, a few of us are off to Toronto to attend the annual Ontario Library Association Super Conference. It runs from Wednesday through Saturday, and includes lots of amazing speakers, author talks and book signings, fascinating and inspiring sessions with librarians talking about ALL sorts of library things, as well as an exciting two-day expo!

This year, we can take part in sessions like “Coding without Purpose: How to Ignore Fear and Just Get Started”, “Doing Data: A Fun an Innovative Way to Count What Matters”, and “Digitization in Ontario Public Libraries: A Fresh Look”. A typical session might be 45 minutes, and we try to attend as many as we can each day of the conference. They’re always interesting, innovative, and inspiring. We often come back from these conferences feeling like we have new tools to work with, a few new strategies to aid in areas that need revamping, and lots of great ideas that we could implement.

You can’t imagine what it’s like to be at a conference with thousands of librarians. Yes…thousands. But this year, we’ll be doing a bit of social media from the conference to give you a peek into what we’re experiencing. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and watch our stories for daily posts. It’s going to be SUPER fun!

Frivolous (or not so frivolous) Friday

Can you imagine posting your salary, and then listing what you spend for an entire month for anyone in the online community to read?  Me either. But Refinery29, a space touted as a “modern woman’s destination for how to live a stylish, well-rounded life”, regularly asks women to track their spending for a month, and send them the gory details to post. Then, the backlash begins.

Often, the site receives letters from people who make judgments about the women, and comment on what they are doing right–or very wrong—in their lives. It can be brutal. BRUTAL.  I have no idea how some of these women recover from this. You can follow one such participant’s experience taking part and find out what changes she made (if any) as a result by clicking here.

Beware, once you read one of these money diaries, you’ll fall down the rabbit hole and spend the next hour perusing the spending habits of women you don’t know. This is brave stuff. And it makes me wonder why they don’t also track the spending habits of men who’d like to participate. It would be as equally revealing, I think.

Would you participate in something like this and allow your spending habits to be viewed by the world?

Get Ready for 2019!

The new year should be about doing a little bit of work up front to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Forget resolutions…start planning!

Aim to close out the year and get ready for the new one, both at work and in your personal life. Focus on what you really need in your life, and get rid of the rest.

Figure out the numbers

Do you care about statistics? You might, it if means something to your productivity or directly for your business. But what about all of those stats you haven’t even thought about? Take a few minutes and go through your records for things like the number of lunches you have to make in a year, or how many times you shopped at the grocery store outside of your regular weekly visit (you can check your online banking records for this). Knowing the numbers can make you more aware of the time you’re spending doing tasks, and might help you plan better (and even save some money) in the year to come.

If you’re looking at work stats, make sure you collect everything you need before you start back in January. Know your numbers—including costs for items, number of visits to your store or website, and how many people followed up after a conference visit or show.  If you do the work now, you can think of better ways to do things the next time. It’s worth all of the work.

Revisit the trends on social media

We’re not talking about unfriending people on Facebook, but rather, taking a close look at your personal and professional social media accounts. Are there people you never see posts from? (Yes, we know the algorithms can be frustrating.) Take a few minutes to look through their accounts to see if they are interesting enough to keep following. Then, like a post, or comment on something. Your social media accounts will start looking better really soon.

Unfollow or hide any accounts that aren’t in line with your business anymore, or those who don’t fill your feed with a positive vibe. It’ll also give you room to follow others. Don’t be afraid to try some new social media as well. Not on Twitter? Join, and find conversations and people who are aligned with how you think! Not sure how to take great photos on your phone? Join Instagram and start looking at accounts you do like, and figure out what they’re doing that you enjoy. It’ll make you a happier person to learn something new.

Review your accomplishments

This is a great idea. Look back over the year and think about all of the great things you’ve done, even if it doesn’t feel like a huge noteworthy accomplishment. Had dinner with old friends? Paid off your car? These things make us feel good, so go ahead, get those endorphins flowing!  And plan a few new things you’d like to accomplish for the upcoming year. Goals are great to have, even if you don’t meet all of them.

Start listing the books you’ve read

This might feel like a library thing, but it’s fun to be able to look back on a year and think about the great books that kept you entertained, educated, and moving forward. It’s also a great way to remember authors that might have upcoming books, and recommend books to your friends when they ask what you’re reading.

Making a list of books you’ve read is also a great way of visualizing an accomplishment. Did you read one book a month? Five? Set a new goal for the new year and try to beat your previous year. Reading is escapism, and it’s also a stress reliever. Incorporate more of it into your daily routine and you’ll start to see a difference in your life.

Once you’ve organized your social media, set reading goals, drawn up a plan for chores, and started an accomplishments list, you’ll be all set to ring in the new year with excitement and purpose.  Happy New Year!

 

NFB Film Night at the Library

Join us tonight for not one, but FOUR  great National Film Board movies! It starts at 7pm, and we’ll serve popcorn. You can find out more about the films below….

National Film Board Movie Night
September 7th, 7PM
Free admission, free popcorn!
We will be showing 4 short films by indigenous artists from the NFB’s AABIZIINGWASHI (WIDE AWAKE) Film Festival.

FILMS:
Three Thousand – In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Breaths – In this evocative short documentary, Inuk singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life.

Mountain of SGanna – Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. The film brilliantly combines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, and is based on a story inspired by a old Haida fable.

To Wake Up the Nakota Language – “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” says 69-year-old Armand McArthur, one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan. Through the wisdom of his words, Armand is committed to revitalizing his language and culture for his community and future generations.

No registration is necessary. Just be here a little before 7pm to get a great seat.

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….