Women Who Work

It looks like they rewrote the rules for Ivanka’s release. WOMEN WHO WORK : REWRITING THE RULES FOR SUCCESS by Ivanka Trump was set to release in March. But her publishers pushed the date back to May, citing the upheaval in her personal life, moving into a new city, and getting her children settled into new schools. They wanted to make it easier for her to promote the book once she was firmly into her new position in her father’s government.

But now Ivanka has decided that she isn’t going to promote her book after all. She is worried that her position might influence the promotional tour, so she will simply rely on sales of the book through traditional methods.

Will her publishers be happy with this? No doubt they aren’t the least bit worried about how well this book will sell, considering many people will pick it up hoping for some inside tidbits into the election and her famous family. Ivanka had quite a large advance for the book, and will donate the profits to charities of her choice, so any sales over the advance will be gravy for her charities. Let’s hope for their sake it sells leaps and bounds above that.

Will you be interested in this book? Let us know!

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!

What Was That Art?

If you were a fan of 70’s sitcoms, you no doubt watched The Brady Bunch. The sprawling home featured in the show was interesting due to the number of people who lived there, and the fact that Mike Brady was an architect. But did you ever notice the decor, in particular, the wall art? Blogger Kirk Demarais sure did.

In a truly informative and detailed post, Demarais goes through the Brady household room by room, and analyzes each sculpture, painting, and work of art he can find. Not only does he try to figure out the name of the piece, but he tracks down similar art, and does a small profile on each artist he identifies.

Overall, it seems that the artwork was more about blending into the set, to allow the actors to stand out, rather than the background. But the set designers got it right–the pieces were interesting enough for a modern, fashionable family of the time, and bland enough for the rest of us not to notice.

Take your time reading through the post. You’ll probably recognize a few things you never even realized you had noticed before.

To the Moon…

matt-benson-9223Just a little fun for our first Frivolous Friday post of March! SpaceX, the company that is planning on sending a manned mission to Mars in the future, has just announced that  it will send TWO people to the moon in 2018.

Now, before you start packing your bags, the two individuals have already been chosen, and they have paid a “significant” deposit to make the trip. While it won’t actually land on the moon, the SpaceX flight will last about a week, and will allow the participants lots of time to ponder life in space.

This flight will launch near Cape Canaveral, from the same launch pad as the Apollo missions. This will be the first visit to the moon in 45 years.

Would you pay to go to the moon?

Hoopla is Here!

hooplaappIt’s February, and that means we’ve got LOTS of fun things going on at the library. You can drop by our library website to check the calendar, but stay here for a minute and take a gander at this great new addition: HOOPLA!

WHAT IS HOOPLA?

Hoopla is a fantastic streaming service that allows you to borrow movies, music, comic books, ebooks, audiobooks, and TV shows…all with your library card and PIN. And here’s the best part…you don’t have to go on any waiting lists… EVER! All titles are available to everyone, every time you log on.

HOW CAN I ACCESS THE SERVICE?

There are two great ways to use this service——streaming on your computer, or through a device. To use your computer, go to http://www.hoopladigital.com and register. Or, if you have Windows 8 or higher, you can download the app and stream from your desktop that way.

If you want to use a device (phone or tablet), go to the Google Play store, or the App Store, and download the Hoopla App. With a device, you’ll be able to stream your content, or download it for later. It’s so easy, and super fun to use! Plus, you’ll be amazed at the selection.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED?

You’ll need a library card and PIN, but it’s quite easy to get started. Drop by the site, sign in with your email address and a password, and you’ll be asked to set up your account. In a few easy steps, you’ll be streaming TV shows, entire music albums and more!

HOW MANY ITEMS CAN I TAKE OUT?

Because Hoopla is new to our library, you have a limit of FOUR items per MONTH. That means, select carefully. Once you’ve downloaded or streamed those four, you’ll have to wait until the next calendar month for more. But don’t worry, they’re always adding new content to the service, so you’ll have something great to watch or listen to. (And by the way, if you’re streaming or downloading a music album, the ENTIRE album counts as one download…it’s not per song.)

HOW LONG IS THE BORROWING TIME?

Ebooks and audiobooks go out for 21 days.

Music is available for 7 days.

TV and movies are available for 3 days.

Isn’t that easy? And once they expire, you just won’t be able to access them anymore. No returns, no fines.

DID WE MENTION YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT?

If you’re used to downloading eBooks and audiobooks from our library,  you’re probably familiar with the issue of items not being available right away. And those long wait lists can be intimidating. We understand your frustration—it has to do with licensing, and there isn’t much that can be done about that. But Hoopla never has wait lists. You can download or stream whatever you want, when you want. It’s easy, and free with your library card.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE WiFi?

Remember, streaming and downloading will require wifi or a data plan, but if you don’t want to use your own, stop by the library (or any other location with free wifi) and download your items to watch later.

It’s a fun new service, and we’re excited to get using it. Let us know what you think about it! Start Hoopla-ing today!

Personal Space Cards

Just a little laugh, because we all need one now and again.

Artist Michael Pederson in Sydney, Australia is creating amazing—and subtle—art installations around Sydney that look like regular street signs and such, but with a twist. My favourite happens to be his “Personal Space Cards”. I think we all need a set of these to carry around.

miguel-6You can see all of the amazingly funny signs and more on his Instagram page @miguelmarquezoutside

Take a few minutes to scroll through….I dare you not to laugh.

Blind Date with a Book

16195594_1241718475864146_2420850322450417109_nIt’s that time of year again….Blind Date with a Book! We’ve found our favourites from the last year, and packaged them up in pretty paper and stickers! If you drop by the library anytime between now and the end of February, we’d love it if you took one home.

Some of the books have a little blurb on them to give you a hint, but why not be wild and pick one up because you like the look of the decorations? Maybe you’ll fall in love with a new author. Or maybe it’ll be a bore. But either way, it’s a lot of fun and a nice way to make the month go by a little faster.

We have a nice selection of books for adults–both fiction and non-fiction, and books for kids (8 years and older), and teens. All of them are good. Keep an open mind, and you’ll have fun.

16143316_1241719109197416_2926013362927477432_n 16179843_1241718745864119_6040080664942583363_oHappy Blind Dating!