Be creative!

After a long weekend, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things. It would be nice to sit in a cozy coffee shop, chatting with a friend without a care in the world.  But what if you have to go back to work? Can you keep that relaxed feeling and still get things done?  I have a great solution for you!

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This weekend, I came across a website called Coffitivity It plays ambient coffee house sounds on your computer, and you can even add your own music to the mix.  It’s relaxing and yet stimulating enough to make your silent office or home less, well, lonely. Just visit the site and then get to work. What a great idea!

Published in: on April 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Is it Correct?

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Do you use our online catalog at home?  Did you know the website address changed recently?  While many of you have dropped in and picked up a slip with our new address on it, we’re sure that a lot of you are still using the old link (and the old website).  While the old link re-directs you to an offshoot of our current site, it is somewhat complicated and makes searching for books a little daunting. (No one needs to search through 1800 links to one book just to see if Carleton Place owns it!)

So please, if you’re still using the old link (http://carletonplace.canlib.ca), please go to the new website address (http://olc.canlib.ca) and change your bookmark/favourite to the new web address.  It will make your life a lot easier, we promise!

 

 

You can say that again!

Just a bit of fun to end your year. Recite This is such a fun way to create a typographic poster of your favourite quote (or use of of theirs).  It’s simple…just type in your quote and it will generate a template that you can download to your computer, upload right to Facebook or Twitter, add a PIN to Pinterest or post on Tumblr or StumbleUpon.  Here’s our quote for today:

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Happy New Year’s Eve from the staff at the Carleton Place Public Library. And of course we’ll renew your books for you! (Just call us and leave a message.)

Published in: on December 31, 2012 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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I need a Computer!

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Our computers are always so busy. We have “regulars” who drop in almost every day to check email, use Facebook or play games. And then we have people who come by only when their home computers are acting up, or we might see people on vacation who need to catch up. We also have free Wi-Fi access for people who bring in their devices, or computers.  Whatever the reason, we’re happy to provide this service to our community.

We have three public computer stations that you can book for a 1/2 hour or an hour each day.  We also have two express computers that you can use for 15 minutes at a time. Each computer has a printer installed, so if you need to print something, it only costs 25 cents per page. Plus, we have Microsoft Word on all three of our regular computer stations to help out with those school projects or resumes. And if we don’t have it installed, feel free to download a program to use while you’re here.

If you know you’re going to need some time, please call us (613-257-2702) and book a computer. That way, you’ll be sure to get the time you need. However, you can always take a chance and drop in. There might be one available.

Need a computer?  Chances are, we’ve got one!

No Sock Puppets!

 

There’s a nasty trend happening called “sock puppet reviewing”…and no, it has nothing to do with the cute little friends you wear on your hands. It’s the sneaky practice of people who write book reviews on major sites such as Amazon, using fake names.  What’s really starting to be a problem is that there are several published authors who have recently been accused and one of them even caught writing bogus reviews.  These writers are giving themselves five star reviews, which is bad enough, but then they use other names and post one star reviews for other authors’ works.

Why is this so disturbing?  Despite the fact it is lying, people often rely on online reviews now when purchasing books. Our income is not so disposable now that all of us can purchase books whenever we like,  so hearing/reading about a book prior to purchasing can really help. But what if some of those reviews are skewed? I know that I’ll stop reading a review if there are a lot of spelling or grammar mistakes, so a well-written review will often get my attention.  I presume most of these authors writing their own reviews would stand out.

And maybe that’s what caused one such author to be caught. Prize-winning mystery writer R. J. Ellory was recently declared to be writing bogus reviews, caught by another author, Jeremy Duns, who had suspected him for quite some time.  Did he recognize a similar writing style to Ellory?  Were the reviews so similar, even when posted under different names, that he couldn’t mistake them.  I suppose  these fakers assume no one will read widely enough to make a connection.

Since then, hundreds of popular authors have shared their support for the idea that reviews should be truthful.  You can see the authors and post your own comment in support of people using the web for good and not evil, so to speak, right hereYou can also read an article about the sock puppet reviews.

What do you think about authors posting fake reviews? On the same line, do you think it’s okay for “regular” people not involved in the publishing world to post fake reviews?

Published in: on November 1, 2012 at 8:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Write a Book Next Month. Do it!

Yes, it’s almost upon us again…National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is also known. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s pretty self-explanatory…a month-long quest to write a novel. Beginning November 1st, you write like a madperson everyday and try to get 50,000 words completed by midnight November 30th. Sound easy?  It isn’t, but it might be fun, and it might be the start of something fabulous in your life.

Personally, I think November can be a tough month to do this. Most of us are busy preparing for the holidays, which seems to take an enormous amount of time.  But if you feel like you want to cram in an extra bit of pressure, I say go for it!  What have you got to lose (besides your sanity)? And this year, you can get the kids to participate as well, with the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program.

So, how do these programs work? While you could do this on your own, it’s fun to have some support.  Sign up, start prepping your ideas, and get ready to write starting November 1st.  Then, all you have to do is upload your daily word count (you can either put it in yourself, or upload your actual writing and they’ll add it up for you) and keep the words flowing. Don’t worry, they’re not going to steal your ideas and your work is still your own.  It’s just great incentive to see the number growing on your chart.  And who knows?  Maybe you’ll finish that novel after all.

There are pep talks, fun local connections (like writing zones in bigger cities where you can write alongside other NaNo’ers), and the chance to connect with other writers like yourself online. For the younger set, there are daily dares that will help get those creative juices flowing, and allow you to challenge yourself with daily writing goals.  While the adult goal is 50,000 words, the younger group is allowed to set their own reasonable goals (after all, their lives are busy…and they usually have to go to bed earlier than the rest of us!).

At the end, you “win” by getting to 50, 000 words.  Okay, you don’t actually win anything, except bragging rights, but they will send you a fun award widget you can post on your blog, website or other page for all your friends and family to see. (You don’t have to post it, of course. If you’re a closet writer, just keep it to yourself.) There are only eight days left to register and prepare.  Will you be ready?

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