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:
We have this discussion a lot at work. Do people actually see things anymore? We’re so bombarded with signage everyone, we’ve simply stopped paying attention to things. And it’s not really our fault. But we can do something about it.
When I came across this fabulous post about “How to Pay Attention”, it made me really think about how we see things. Rob Walker talks about posing the idea to his students during a course for a visual design MFA program. What are we actually seeing when we go through our daily lives, and is there a way to learn how to pay attention? Walker believes there is, and he enlists the help of his students and other great thinkers to give us 20 Ways to Pay attention.
You can try some of the challenges yourself. Some of them are really interesting, like giving yourself a scavenger hunt based on a certain colour, over-looked objects such as “space available” signs, or checking for country-of-origin signs on products while at the store. These are all things we see, but don’t really look at or register. Walker believes maybe it is time for us to train ourselves to start recognizing them. (It could also be a fun game to play with the kids when you’re looking for things to do this summer. How easy would it be to assign an object to look for? I bet you’d be surprised when you start looking.)
Today, give yourself the challenge to see things around you. Isn’t it amazing what you miss when you’re simply too busy to look?
The New York Times sent many libraries off on a hunt recently after the debut of Beyonce’s HBO special and announcement that she would release a new album called “Lemonade Stand”. During her special, she read poetry by Somali-British writer and activist Warsan Shire, and now her poetry anthology entitled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is being sought out by Beyonce fans.
While it’s not available on Amazon, many libraries are receiving requests for the book (no, we don’t have it at our library, I’m afraid), so be patient if you’ve put a hold on the book. You can heard the author reading some of the poetry right here:
The world is a small place, and book boosts can come from anywhere, can’t they?
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular DVD series in our library. So it’s no wonder that there is a huge fan base out there eagerly awaiting the new season coming out on TV. This week, Entertainment Weekly has a great spread devoted to the popular characters and series happenings, so you might want to check it out if you’re a fan.
No access to Entertainment Weekly? If you are a library patron, all you need is your library card and PIN, and you can use the FLIPSTER app on our website to download this issue and many more.
For our Frivolous Friday post this week, I’m asking the question….”what if?” This is actually a fun game that we play regularly at our Teen Book Club meetings, and incites plenty of laughter and conversation. But I’m really asking this question after coming across a funny blog post titled “If Justin Bieber Were My Son”.
The premise for the blog post is about what a mother (or father) would do or say if Justin Bieber were his or her child. The idea is that we ALL have lots to say about Justin Bieber—and any other young person that seems to be making bad choices in their lives without any guidance, and yet….are we saying these things to our own children?
Maybe the spoils of fame are to blame for poor decision making at that age, but I’m sure we’d all like to think it has something to do with the parenting as well. If J.B’s mother had just instilled a little more common sense in him, or if she had simply told him to say “no” once in a while, maybe he’d make better decisions. (If all of the other young pop stars want to jump off the side of a cliff, YOU don’t have to do it, too, Justin.)
So, are you telling your child wise things? Maybe they need to hear them. Maybe we need to say them more often. What if your child suddenly rises to fame? Will it be too late then? What if your child just grows up and does normal things? Is it irrelevant then?
Of course, if you read through the statements on the post, some of them are pretty out there, but the idea….the idea that we need to be making bold statements to our kids in order to help them make better decisions….is right on the money. Try it. They might roll their eyes, but they’ll hear it, and maybe remember it when they need it most.
What brilliant thing have you told your child today?
Many of our patrons are flipping out over the new magazine app on our library catalog called Flipster. All you need is your library card to download and read these great magazines online, or in the free app.
What kinds of magazines, you ask? How about reading an article in “Popular Science” this month about how ISIS is using all the best social media practices to make connections with their followers? Or how about reading about a trip to Georgia in the winter months to find out all about the food and hospitality they have to offer in “Food & Travel” this month? Or read all about the man who makes the average superstar in Hollywood into a superhero (at least, he makes over their bodies to look that way), in “Vanity Fair” this month.
We have so many great magazines you can read–along with their back issues–so get started today! It’s a great way to pass the time during all this bad weather we’ve been having. And even better? It’s free with your library card!