Hyperbole and a Half

If you’ve ever dropped by the blog called “Hyperbole and a Half”, you’ll know all about Allie Brosh’s hilarious take on the world. She uses simplistic drawings and wry humour to convey her views on the world. Drop by to read a few of her most recent posts and you’ll see what I mean. (You’ll probably also become addicted to visiting her site, so plan on a few wasted minutes each day!)

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And if you’re not the type to read blogs, you can always drop into the library to pick up her book, also titled, HYPERBOLE AND A HALF. It’s filled with many of per most popular posts, and I’m sure there will be a sequel at some point, so her fans can rejoice. It’s just one of the fun selections we offer up at the library. A little bit unexpected, but a lot of fun!

Illustrations Galore!

It’s Wednesday morning, and that means it’s Storytime at the library. One of my favourite things about picture books are the illustrations.  When they’re done right, they can elevate a wonderful story to become something superb!  And if you haven’t read a picture book since you were a kid, things have changed a lot. There are many wonderful illustrators out there doing sophisticated and creative work to go along with imaginative texts.

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I follow quite a few illustrators on Facebook and Instagram, so when I came across this great post at Sharpread about wonderful illustrators to follow on Instagram, I jumped right on it.  It’s the perfect medium for instant, small illustrations that can stand on their own.  And who wouldn’t want to see one of these adorable pictures in their feed? I’m kind of getting tired of super macro flower shots and selfies.

You can see the full list right here and get a feel for their work. I’m going to go and follow some of these right now. I hope you do, too!

 

Frivolous Friday Pinterest Book Deal!

Several months ago, I came across a funny story about a woman named Tiffany Beveridge, who only had two sons, but had created a wildly imaginative Pinterest Board for a daughter she didn’t have. In this board, she pinned wonderful, stylish and sometimes crazy photos of clothes for her little imaginary fashionista. She named her daughter Quinoa and wrote creative captions on many of the pins, creating a little story about the girl she imagined would wear all this stuff. It made me laugh, but I thought, how smart!

And after a lot of global attention (books, TV, online), she now has a book coming out called “HOW TO QUINOA : LIFE LESSONS FROM MY IMAGINARY WELL-DRESSED DAUGHTER”.

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She never set out to make a big splash on social media, but her humour and inventive creation caught on with so many people, she’s thrilled at the attention. Just a little something for you to think about as we head into the weekend. How about creating your own Pinterest Board!

Do you waste time?

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It’s that time again….Frivolous Friday! Just a little bit of fun to get you through the weekend. And what are we talking about this week? FACEBOOK!

We all spend too much time scrolling through our newsfeed to see what fun and exciting things our friends are doing. And don’t forget all that time it takes to post your own great status updates, photos and videos. Just to share a post on your own timeline can take about a minute, if you’re adding a comment. So, just how much time do you waste on Facebook? Time Magazine has come up with a way to find out.

Facebook has been around for 10 years now. Hard to believe, isn’t it?  And while many of us make claims that we don’t use it very much, you might not be as accurate as you think. While Facebook doesn’t post data about how often their users log on, Time has created an app that will calculate your time spent on the site based on the timestamps on every post in their feed.  Just log in, allow their app to scan your feed and they’ll give you some very interesting results. Don’t worry, this will not be posted on your Facebook page. (Just click on the TIME magazine link above to be taken to the page).

While it tells me the average person spends 17 minutes on Facebook, our library results were less than accurate, I think. Even though it shows we’ve been online since June 30, 2010, it only recorded 18 posts….and if you follow us on Facebook, we have plenty more than that. Plus, it said we waste ZERO time on the site!  While I’d like to brag about that (yes, all of the time we spend there is important and not wasted at all), I’m hoping your records might be a little closer to the truth. Try it and let us know!

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For our Frivolous Friday post, if you’ve ever wasted precious minutes looking at Grumpy Cat on the internet:

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…you might like a few new outlets for your visual interests. But you could spend a lot of time following links on Facebook, running through Tumblr feeds and flipping through Instagram posts to find the best images on the web right now. So when I came across Oublio, I was hooked! It organizes the most popular images on the web right now into one easy format. Just click the type of social media you’re most interested in, and up pops the image receiving the most views at any particular moment.

Keep in mind, sometimes the images are not for everyone, but they change often. And usually, they’re really fascinating! So, if you have a minute to pop to the site, that’s all it takes.  You’ll definitely want to bookmark this page to come back to later. It’ll be your new instant web crush!

Are You Ready for a Book Apocalypse?

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Much has been said recently about the idea that print books will become obsolete in the near future. While many people have embraced “new” ways of reading (ebooks, audiobooks etc.), a lot of people are reluctant to give up print books altogether. But what happens if the world changes and a total print apocalypse happens?  Would you be ready???

What is a Print Apocalypse?

The complete destruction/removal of any printed matter on a worldwide scale.

How Quickly Would it Happen?

A total annihilation of books would probably take some time, especially when you consider the number of books in libraries, schools, stores etc. Once the print apocalypse begins, however, it would mean nothing new would make it to printed form.  I don’t think we have to worry quite yet, but there may come a time in the future where everything will become digital.

Can I Stop It?

Probably not. Ebooks are here. Digital media is not going away. As much as we love the smell of books, the weight of a good book, and the joy of opening a cover and beginning to read, digital books/newspapers/information will allow us to carry more, have updates by the second and let us read the latest thriller within seconds of its release. This is a good thing. Really.

How Can I Prepare?

Right now, most of us are comfortable reading headlines and articles on the internet. Some people have graduated to reading books online or on a device. And there is a growing number of people who have stopped darkening the doors of libraries and bookstores altogether, preferring to read only on a tablet or e-reader.

If you don’t regularly read the headlines or articles online, that might be the place to start. Find you favourite newspaper online and read it on your computer for a week. Or subscribe to you favourite magazine on your tablet. Most mags and newspapers are interactive now, which means you can download recipes, shop directly for whatever you see on the pages and email the author of an article you enjoyed, right from your computer or device.

Your next step would be to learn how to download ebooks, either from an online store, or free from your library. Once you begin, it might not be your sole form of choice, but you’ll probably discover it’s much nicer to bring along a tablet that weighs 10oz when you travel, rather than a suitcase full of books.

What If I Can’t Do It?

New technology can be difficult at first. Understand that, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Young people are GREAT resources for helping with devices and technological issues. So grab a kid, or check out the “help” section of most web pages. Embrace technology. You won’t be left behind in when the Print Apocalypse happens!