Trees

Artist Katie Holten loves trees. Back in 2015, she created a secret tree alphabet that she used to write “tree messages”, which later turned into a book. More recently, she partnered with the New York City Parks Department on a whole new collection of tree letters, aimed at bringing more awareness to the trees in our surroundings. They have even decided to plant trees in alphabetical order, based on her choices for the tree alphabet, so that people have a new way of interacting with their environment. No word on whether or not all of the trees will work in this area of the North American climate, but the idea is interesting enough.

Would you be more likely to stop and look at a tree in your local park if there was a piece of art attached to it?

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

We’ve all heard it…have an emergency kit in your home that will help you during a time of crisis like flooding, tornadoes, or other weather events. The kits are more than just your average First Aid kits, and include things like food, water, batteries, and more to keep you going for a few days at least. But let’s be honest–not many of us have these kits in our homes.

The world is a busy place, and we often forget that during times of crisis, there are many seniors who live on their own, who might not have the same types of communications that many of us do (cell phones, internet). What if your elderly parent were stuck during a storm and had no access to the outside world? You’d feel a lot better if you knew they had an emergency-preparedness kit.

Next Monday, we’ll be holding a very important session at the library called “Emergency Preparedness for Seniors”. During the session, attendees will learn how to make an emergency-preparedness kit, what to include in it and where to keep it. There will also be information on resources in Carleton Place that you can access to help with the kits, or get more information, and how to receive emergency notifications on cell phones, radio, and television.

The session takes place on Monday, February 11 and 2pm. Please give us a call to register at 257-2702. This will be a very popular session!

It’s Flower Time!

We might just be seeing the first of the tulips (and LOTS of dandelions), but eventually, the world will be full of wild flowers, and flowers in our gardens. While it’s easy to pick flowers and put them in a vase, haven’t you always wondered how they make those gorgeous “casual” looking floral arrangements you see in the all the decorating magazines. Usually, the flowers aren’t even the focal point of the room! But they should be.

We recently added FORAGED FLOWER ARRANGING by Rebecca Clark Moody to our collection. Inside, she walks you step-by-step through creating beautiful arrangements using plants you can find on a walk, or in your garden. Now you won’t have any excuse for a simple bunch of cut lilacs.  Get out that white sheet background and prepare to stun Instagram with your new skill!

You can drop in to see if the book is available, or place a hold on our library catalog and receive a notification when it becomes available.

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!

download(Photo courtesy of Pedro Lastra at Unsplash.com)

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.

New Horizons

Today is the day New Horizons will make its closest swing by Pluto, and the world is waiting for the photos and information. It’s going to be an amazing day!

NHHopkinsPoster_letterSize-page-001If you’ve been following NASA’s delve into the deepest parts of our Universe, it’s been a long time coming. Launched in 2006, New Horizons is the first spacecraft to reach Pluto and the Kuiper Belt…the farthest reaches of our Solar System. While it won’t land on Pluto, it is tasked with taking photos and uploading as much information to be transferred back to NASA as possible. We are finally going to see what this planet—and then non-planet—is all about.

Last week, only 10 days before the final pass, New Horizons had a bit of a technical issue which resulted in no information being sent to NASA for almost a 90 minute period. They were forced to shut down the main computer system in order to figure out the problem, but for a while, it was unclear if they’d be able to get it functioning in time to take photos or send back any information at all by the time today rolled around. Thankfully, the amazing brains at NASA managed to figure out the glitch and get New Horizons back on track.

You can read all about the mission, future missions, and what they hope to discover about Pluto at NASA’s New Horizons page right here.

For weeks, NASA has been answering fantastic questions posted by people on their Facebook page, on Twitter and through email. Questions like, “Why is it just passing by and not landing?” (Watch this quick video to find out! Hint: it has something to do with fuel.), and “How big or how small is Pluto?” (answer: it’s only about half the width of the United States).

We have lots of books about space in the library, as well as NASA, and specifically, Pluto. And if you’d like to have your own New Horizons Plutopalooza party to celebrate (maybe a fun event for the kids?), check out the information NASA has compiled on their website, complete with printable stickers, posters and more.

plutoHappy fly-by, New Horizons!  We can’t wait to see what you find!

Scratch-Off

Last summer, our adult readers had a lot of fun with our “Goodies for Grown Ups” adult summer reading tickets. After joining the program and reading books, they were given special scratch-off tickets to win prizes that were donated by several local businesses. It was a big hit!

scratchoffmap2So, when I came across this Scratch-Off World Map, it reminded me of our program. The “I Was Here” map is a unique item designed by the Art. Lebedev Studio Shop to help travelers keep track of places they’ve been. It begins as a large, grey world map, but once you visit a place, you scratch off the country and the colour is revealed underneath. How is that for incentive to get visiting the world?

This gives me ideas for our upcoming summer program…..

What Was There?

For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re visiting a fun site called “What Was There?”  It allows readers to upload their own photos of specific buildings that used to be in places that might now be built up, or changed in some way.  It’s fun, even if you don’t know any of the places.  The old photos layered over a Google map image is fascinating!

thereIf you have a few minutes this weekend, spend time either uploading your own photos, or looking through some of the ones that are already posted. It will help you see your world with new eyes! (Hint: try some of the countries other than the US.!)