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!
If 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.!)
We just got a fabulous new book at the library called IF…A MIND-BENDING NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT BIG IDEAS AND NUMBERS by David J. Smith.
It’s written by a Canadian author and educator, who really knows how to engage readers. This has wonderful unique ways of presenting ideas on size and numbers that any kid (or adult) can understand. It’ll surely open their minds to looking at the world around them in a different way.
For example, did you know that if the planets in the Solar System were shrunk to the size of balls, and Earth was the size of a baseball, Mercury would be about the size of a ping-pong ball, and Jupiter would be the size of one of those large exercise balls you balance on for core strength. The sun would be MUCH bigger than that in comparison, about 10 times the diameter of that exercise ball! WOW!
Or….if all the water on Earth were represented by 100 glasses, then 97 of the glasses would be filled with salt water, and only three of the glasses would contain fresh water. BUT…only ONE of those glasses of fresh water would represent all the fresh water available to us. The rest of the fresh water is locked up in glaciers, frozen in the atmosphere or deep underground. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
The facts are accompanied by wonderful illustrations done by Steve Adams. Honestly, this is a book EVERY child should read. It should be required for school. If I had known a lot of this information when I was younger, maybe I’d have taken a greater interest in math and science.
Drop in to the library to borrow the book or place a hold. This is one read for everyone.
Even as a library, we support our local bookstore here in Carleton Place. There have been many times we’ve needed a book (or books), andAisha at Read’s Book Shop has come through in a pinch! It’s wonderful to shop local, and this little bookstore offers up all of the usual fun—-book clubs, a dynamite coffee shop atmosphere, and even special storytimes during the summer months.
Now, the Retail Council of Canada has launched a website to help you find an independent bookstore in your area. FindaBookstore.ca allows you to pop in your address, and it will search for Canadian Independent shops only. How easy is that? Support your local retail shops.
London has just done something every major city in the world should do! They’ve installed 50 literary-themed benches across the city as part of an initiative by the National Literary Trust to encourage reading and celebrate London’s literary heritage. Isn’t this brilliant?
Book bench dedicated to The Wind in the Willows and painted by Mik Richardson. Photograph: Chris O’Donovan for the National Literacy Trust
The 50 benches are dedicated to books, authors and characters. Not every one is easy to figure out, but that’s part of the challenge, isn’t it? And the location of each bench is also a closely guarded secret. People are encouraged to look for them around the city and post their photos. And if you can come up with a great suggestion for bench #51, London is looking for input! Read more on the benches and see the artists work on them right here.
For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re going to talk about real estate. Okay, we’re not really going to discuss it at all, but rather, I’m going to share a site with you that should make you appreciate any real estate agent you hire in the future. Unless you hire one of these.
Many of you probably know it’s there, but do you take advantage of it? I’m talking about the Trans Canada Trail, of course, a series of 500 individual trails that run through 100 communities throughout Canada. We have one right here in Carleton Place, just off Coleman St. You can bike, walk, run or hike the trail which spans the distance between here and Ottawa. Our portion runs through fields and often parallel with HWY 7, so it is quite peaceful and scenic at the same time.
Did you know you can plan your trail adventure on the website? Just pick your spot and the interactive map will guide you through the various routes. The entire trail across Canada hasn’t been finished yet (there are still some water portions), the goal is to eventually connect each province from one end of the country to the other, hopefully by 2017. It’s an ambitious project, but one that you can benefit from being a member of our community.
Have you been on the trail? What were your experiences?
Carleton Place is a beautiful community to live in, but as with any area, spring brings about some winter leftovers. The streets have piles of salt and sand, dried or sopping wet leaves that weren’t cleaned up in fall now make their home against curbs and near grates, and branches and general litter can be seen just about everywhere. That’s why the Carleton Place BIA (Business Improvement Association) is holding “OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP” the week of April 20 – 26. If you have a community group, or if your school or business would like to pitch in and help dust off our town for Spring, please contact Cathy McOrmond at the Carleton Place BIA to register and get a clean up package. They can’t do this alone, so get out and enjoy some fresh air, while helping to make our community sparkle!