Ideas for 2018?

We’re three days into the New Year…and if you’re like most of us, you’re already getting tired of those New Year’s resolutions that you made. How about a do-over? I ran across this older list by the people at Rethink Toronto, and while you can’t click the links anymore, the list is FULL of great and original things we should all resolve to do this year.

I love some of these:

Start solving problems

Finish things you start

No more cat videos

Less texting, more talking

There are so many good ones to choose from here. Even if you did only one.

Do you have a favourite? Do you have a resolution this year?


Awful Sci-Fi Books Covers

As tastes change, so do book covers. Put an old Nancy Drew book in front of a kid who loves to read mysteries, and we can almost guarantee the young reader will choose something else, simply because the cover design is so dated. Kids really DO judge books by their covers, and if they’re not appealing, they’ll pass, regardless of the quality of the story.

Recently, I came across a fantastic blog that posts the worst fantasy/sci-fi book covers you could imagine. And while they may not entice you to pick the book up to read, you’ll most certainly get a chuckle from the covers. Take a few minutes to drop by Good Show Sir. You won’t regret it.

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.

Your Pet in a Book

As we come into present-buying season, books are always a favourite for Librarians to recommend. While we haven’t read this book, it sure does seem like a fun idea for those who might have a special pet at home.

I See Me’s fun site allows you to choose your dog’s style, include your dog’s name, and the names of up to four people who love him/her, and they’ll create the book. Sounds fun, right?  Genius. What child–or dog lover in general–wouldn’t want to get a book like this?

Let us know if you’ve purchased one of these books in the comments. We’d love to hear how it turned out!

Random Monday Post

This is a completely ridiculous post—but I couldn’t help it. After the recent Colonel Sanders romance novel that was released earlier this year, it seem that the strangeness isn’t quite over.

Someone noticed that the KFC Twitter account only follows 11 people. Not super unusual—a lot of celebrity accounts rarely follow anyone, but have multitudes of followers themselves. However, upon closer inspection of the KFC account, the 11 people are not as random as they seem, and it’s quite funny.

Very apropos, KFC follows all the Spice Girls, and six men named Herb.

Well done, KFC!

Star Wars Reads Day

We’re celebrating Star Wars Reads day this coming Saturday at the library. Drop in anytime between 10am – 5pm for a fun Star Wars I spy, a special photo wall, and lots of fun take homes—including books! We LOVE Star Wars at the library, and we know you do, too. Every day should be Star Wars Reads Day!

(Psssstt……dress as your favourite Star Wars character for extra fun!)