Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide

Following on the heels of yesterday’s post about book related gifts comes this “2016 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide” that I found on the School Library Journal site. While these aren’t exactly gifts that everyone would want, I must admit, I’m kind of obsessing over the Bookworm Starfish Ornament, and I’m pretty sure there would be many library staff members who would go for this HarryPotter/Gilmore Girls mash-up:

il_570xn-1086005178_mndyStill, it’s a funny list. Take a minute to look through it. There are many wonderful things out there in Etsy land….

Do You Have a Reader On Your List?

It’s that time of year….yes, the time when we’re all either glued to our laptops, trying to pick out the perfect items for those on our shopping lists, or running around from store to store to find them. Well, I’m here to help you, especially if you have a reader (or librarian) on your list!

The Ontario Library Association has a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide–and shop—to help you find the perfect book-themed items. From card catalog socks, to colouring books, to puppets, they have all sorts of wacky and wonderful items that anyone who reads would love. Personally, I’m hoping for this Hand-Lettering book:

9781441322012_1024x1024But don’t wait too long. Many of the items are already sold out (sorry to anyone who would have picked the Cats on the Go Tech Decals, but they still have some Cattoos!), so get on this right away. I wish I’d known about this before our Teen Book Club Christmas party…..but maybe next year!

Happy shopping!

BEFORE I FALL

9780062656322_25b35Lauren Oliver‘s BEFORE I FALL, was one of the first Young Adult novels I ever read (after TWILIGHT and THE HUNGER GAMES, of course), and I’m excited that the movie version now has a trailer!

The book has a really unique premise…about a teen who dies in a car crash, but relives that last day seven more times, each time changing just enough to (hopefully) learn something. It had such a unique voice, and interesting character development, that I hope the movie will do it justice.

You can watch a little teaser right here, starring up and comer Zoey Deutch as Samantha Kingston.

Let me just say the book bloggers of the internet are already losing their minds. 2017 can’t come fast enough!

Don’t Let Them Break In!

Break InsFor a long-overdue Frivolous Friday Post, let’s talk about break-ins. With the holiday season upon us, many people are getting ready to travel and leave our homes unoccupied, and most of us are starting to fill our homes with presents. As a kid, I remember a long day of Christmas shopping with my family ending in tears when we came back to our car after a meal to find all of our gifts had been stolen. It’s a terrible feeling, and even worse when someone breaks into your home.

So, is there anything you can do about it? I came across a really interesting article from a radio station in Portland, Oregon, that interviewed 86 criminals currently incarcerated for breaking and entering, about would–and would not–prohibit them from entering a home intending to steal.  And it might not be what you think.

Read the article here to find out what you can do to make your surroundings a little less inviting to criminals this holiday season. Turns out the top three turn-offs for burglar are big dogs, a car in the driveway, and music or TV playing inside the house. For those who have a little more spare cash, another great deterrent are cameras.

Ladies Night in Carleton Place!

Downtown Carleton Place is gearing up for another fun event, and this time, it’s entirely for women! Ladies’ Night Out takes place this Thursday, November 17th from 1-8pm all across Carleton Place. Start your Christmas shopping early, and have a lot of fun while doing it!

Ladies Night Out Carleton PlaceGrab your friends and visit local stores for fun things like taste-testings, demonstrations, and PRIZES!  Yes, there are going to be great prizes, all from local businesses. And we’re participating this year, so make sure to drop by the library between 5-8pm for one of the great makeup demonstrations by the lovely Christina Duplessis!

Makeup demonstrations at the Carleton Place Public LibraryIt’s going to be a fun day in Carleton Place!

More Bees, Please!

Your weekly dose of cute comes courtesy of an adorable seventh grader who LOVES bees sooooo much, she started a blog about them! Beegether reads like a loveletter to bees, and those who care about their existence on our planet. The author, Natasha, posts photos, relevant news articles, and even has a newsletter that you can subscribe to if you love bees as much as she does!

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This is a fabulous example for anyone her age who feels passionately about something and wants to share it with others. I have a feeling this is one tween who isn’t taking selfies and leaving emoji-filled comments on her friends’ Snapchat and Instagram pages. Why aren’t there more globally-minded kids out there like her? I bet that there are, and with a little encouragement, we could be seeing more content like this online that is not only positive, but action-oriented.

Visit the site, take her survey, and sign up for that newsletter! Show her that bees are important to us all.

Rejected Princesses

princessesHave you seen this amazing website called Rejected Princesses? It’s not your typical princessy site, and in fact, is all about amazing, strong, incredible women you’ll never hear about in a Disney movie simply because they are a little bit off-beat.

Check out a few of the many wonders like Jeanne de Clisson:

1or… Mary Anning:

maryanning-560x792The graphics on this website are so appealing and give readers a glimpse into the worlds of these amazing women in a variety of ways. The search capabilities are fun and very detailed, and honestly, let you get lost in the variety and detail of this site and the women it’s about. While it looks like it would appeal to young girls, some of the language is a little frank, so please be aware before you let your daughters take a gander. However, the information majorly trumps the slightly offensive words.

Thanks to Caroline for suggesting this great website!