Cocoa Returns!

ShelfelfIf you followed us last year, you’ll know we had our first ever visit from our Elf on the Library Shelf, Cocoa!  He’s scheduled to make it back here from the North Pole tomorrow, and let me tell you, there will be plenty for him to do. We plan on putting him to work right away!

You can follow Cocoa either by visiting the library to see if you can spot him, or by dropping by our library Facebook page each day.

Now, if only he’d bring us some snow….

Librarian Problems

tumblr_inline_n3sjlzuk2J1rpcnpzYes, we have some of these problems. Staples are a real thing for us.

*Please note, that while this Tumblr site is VERY funny, it is also aimed at adults and might contain content that is not appropriate for all viewers.



tumblr_n9xytmzIrE1qa390yo1_500My favourite…..

Librarian Problems.


Starbucks + Christmas – Christmas = ???

10890728_1234187126596633_2133648073_nBy now, you’ve probably all heard the crazy argument going around the internet about Starbucks and their “plain” holiday cups this year. If you haven’t, you’re lucky. But just to summarize, when Starbucks rolled out their annual red cups November 1st, a former pastor in the US took offense to the fact that they were so plain, and free of all Christmas references, which he took to mean that Starbucks hates Christians, of course.

Now, as far as anyone can tell, holiday references in Starbucks’ previous red cups were only things like ornaments, or reindeer….and not really any religious references. This year, they kept the cups clean—only a graduated ombre to the deep red—to “usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories”, claims Starbucks President Jeffrey Fields. So why the pastor chose to take this fight to such an extreme level (and really, it has nothing much to do with being Christian and celebrating Christmas at all), leaves everyone stumped. He started up a campaign online to get people to say their name was Merry Christmas, so that the Starbucks employees would have to write that on the cups, and therefore, keep the Christmas at Starbucks, as well as fight the fight using the hashtag #MerryChristmasStarbucks.


Red cups, blue cups, reindeer or no deer….what does it matter? Coffee and books go together,and we’re fans of Starbucks here at the library. Does anyone really passionately care what the design is on the cup? Unless you’re the one who designed it, I don’t think so.

I’m pretty sure this former pastor, Joshua Feuerstein, who now calls himself a “social media personality”, just needs to chill out, and maybe take up adult colouring as a form of relaxation.

Just keep the red pencils away from him.

(Speaking of adult colouring, join us at the library on Wednesday, November 25th at 6:30pm for some fun zen colouring. There may even be Christmas things to colour!)

Intentional Ignorance

IntentionalIgnoranceI like to think of November as a quiet month. Everything is winding down. There are no big holidays to host (if you’re Canadian, anyway), no costumes to dream up, and not a lot of programs to prepare. It feels like November is quiet space to lead us into the busy month of December where there are parties, and shopping, and eating, and planning galore to make everything seem simple and easy, right?


November is just as busy as any other month. It’s the perfect time to try “Intentional Ignorance”. I heard about this term on a favourite business blog I read by Sarah Von Bargen. It sounded interesting, so I clicked the link and read the article. Turns out, this is exactly what she wants people to stop doing. Intentional ignorance is the purposeful ignorance of all things that are taking up too much head space, and too much time—things that are, in fact, stressing us out more than helping.

Take your Facebook page, for example. It’s a time waster, right? You log on, just to get a quick status update on all of your friends, or post those photos from the craft show the day before. But twenty minutes in, and you’re reading articles about magical cleaning solutions, saving recipes that others have posted, and sharing photos and posts about things you really believe in. Has it made your life better? No. Now you’re just behind getting ready for work.

The art of intentional ignorance is about seeing posts in your newsfeed, or emails in your inbox……and clicking delete, or ignoring them altogether. How about not even opening your Twitter app for the day?? Or pretending you forgot to post pics to Instagram, even though you had them all edited and ready? Instead of reading articles that might help make your life work better, or your blog posts find more readers, simply click off and take a break. Read a book. Go for a walk. Unplug….even if it’s just for a half hour a day. Try your lunch hour for starts. You’ll be amazed.

Sure, you’re going to feel a bit stressed about it at first. Will you miss something important? Probably not. And practicing this idea at regular intervals each day will actually gain you time to do other things that might also be stressing you out. Clean that bathtub. Put a load in the wash. Rake some leaves. Your whole life will seem more organized, and eventually, you’ll enjoy taking that break.

Intentional ignorance. I’m going to give it a try.

Tiny Homes

I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk about selling their homes lately. Are they downsizing, or upsizing? It seems that there is a great deal of both going on. While the cost of new homes has skyrocketed (how can young people afford a starter home?), many people are becoming creative and moving toward the “tiny house” goal.

microAfter watching a documentary (“Tiny”) on Netflix about a man who decides to build a tiny home without any previous construction experience (he watches YouTube videos to learn how to do everything from framing, to electrical, to flooring), the idea is quite appealing. However, I think you have to be a certain type of person to live this way. There are definitely issues that each of these homeowners face, from growing families to property rentals.

Some of the dwellings are barely big enough to walk around in, and yet others can be quite spacious….it’s all about storage, apparently. And while some people are lucky enough to be able to build a tiny house on a piece of property they own, many are simply building in backyards or on trailers that can be moved from place to place.

If you’re interested in the tiny house movement, there are many great websites out there, as well as books like the one above, to give you inspiration, and answer questions about whether or not this is the lifestyle for you. Just Google “tiny house” and you can surf the web for days ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at all of the cute homes that pop up in the feed.

You can find out more about the documentary “TIny” at the Tiny the Movie website.

DVDs at the library

Have you taken out a DVD at the library lately? We’re getting new movies in all the time, for all members of the family.

dvdcollectionYou can take up to four movies per family, and they go out for one week. Best of all, they’re free! Just bring your library card and pick out something to watch from our spinners. You can see our whole collection here.

Movies at the library…just one more reason to get a card!