Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019

We’re only five months into the year, but already, Time Magazine has released its list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Sure, it’s a great list, but we have to wonder if there are people about to do amazing things this year who might have earned a place on the  list had it happened a little later in the year.

Regardless, there are models and actors, singers and sports figures, thinkers and entrepreneurs. Even Donald Trump made the list. It seems that these days, it’s not always about what you do that influences people, it’s also about who you are.

You can read all about the Top 100 right here. Each blurb is written by someone in the same field as the person being honored, and often, someone close to that person. They’re all quite interesting, and even tough we don’t subscribe to the magazine, at least you can see it all here. You can read many more magazines online by visiting our webpage and popping down to the Flipster link!

Who would you put on this list that isn’t there?


Phones vs Food

I was going through Food Network Magazine recently, and came across an article which talked about a study done on university students. It asked students, if they were deprived of their phones and food, which one would they be more motivated to work for in order to get back? The answer won’t surprise you….it was their phones. The average college/university student spends more than five hours a day on their phones, according to this study, and they’d much rather have that back than a tasty snack.

If you’d like to read more articles like this (or test out a new tasty recipe just in time for Easter), you can read the magazine online through our website on Flipster Magazines. All you need is your library card and PIN. You can download the current issue to read offline, or read past issues to your heart’s content.

Get Some Green On!

This winter has been tough on a lot of us. We can’t be the only ones wishing to see a little bit of green sprouting up from somewhere. While spring is still (at least) 6 weeks away, that doesn’t mean you have to embrace the snow we still have.

If you’re daydreaming about gardens and planting, start at the library. We have lots of wonderful books to get you inspired to re-think your gardens, try something new, or just get a few tips on how to get seeds started now.

How about planting to bring in butterflies? BUTTERFLY GARDENING: THE NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION GUIDE by Jane Hurwitz is a great place to start. It has tons of illustrations to help you plant the best type of garden for your area, as well as maps and tips to doing some butterfly watching once summer finally rolls around.

Or why not try your hand at food this year? GROWING FOOD IN A SHORT SEASON by Melanie J. Watts is a Canadian guide to growing organic, fresh food during the short growing season of most provinces.

We also have many editions of Fine Gardening magazine which could help you learn what to grow, and how to grow it.

Of course, if you need help, the experts at our local nursery can help. In fact, the Carleton Place Nursery just posted on their Facebook page this week that they have lots of seeds ready to start planting!

What are you going to grow this year? Let us know in the comments!

Who Shot the Red Baron Down?

On the cover of the April/May 2018 magazine “Canada’s History”, is a super glossy, stylized illustration of the Red Baron in his German plane, with another plane right on his tale. The headline reads  “The Red Baron: Did A Canadian Down the German Flying Ace?”. Ask anyone from Carleton Place, and they’d probably immediately say yes…and he was from town.

It’s long been told in our history that Roy Brown shot down the Red Baron, but not everyone believes that. If you read the article inside the magazine, you’ll discover that Australians also claim to be the ones who carried out that fateful shot. They even have a piece of the Red Baron’s biplane to back up their story. Whether or not you believe it, it’s an interesting read, and just one of the fascinating articles you can find as part of our complete online magazine offerings called “Flipster”. All you need to do is visit our website, click on the Flipster link, and use your library card. It’s a great way to read all of those magazines you love, and save a few trees at the same time.

So, what will you decide? Roy Brown, or an Australian? Let us know your decision in the comments.


Are You Smarter?

On Flipster this month, “Popular Science” claims on the front cover that this crow is smarter than your fifth grader.  Uh…okay. I know it’s making a little twist on the once-popular television show, but honestly, isn’t that stretching it a bit?

I’ve seen some of those fascinating documentaries about crows using tools and figuring out complex problems, but really, isn’t it usually just about food and survival? Heck, if someone stuck a Dairy Queen blizzard inside a locked plexiglass case and forced me to figure out how to get it, you better well believe that I’d get that ice cream before even a little of that soft-serve melted. Birds are smart, but birds are not people.

If you want to read this article, drop by our website and log into Flipster. You can download the latest issue, or even check out back issues. I guarantee a crow couldn’t do that…and your fifth grader would probably already be printing out pictures and using YouTube to get more information about something they found.

How Strong is your Password?

In the Spring 2018 issue of Popular Science magazine, they have a full page on the strength of passwords. We often have people who try to log on to our public computers and find it difficult to sign in. Their email provider might ask for more verification, since it recognizes a foreign computer, and is trying to safeguard the user’s account. Great…if you can actually remember your password, own a cell phone, and are willing to put in a little extra time logging in.

But how safe IS that password when you’re using a public computer? Years ago, people used to use very simple passwords they could remember…names, animals, birth dates. As hackers became better, and software became less hack-proof, we hard the warnings to make our passwords more difficult to figure out. Popular Science goes through progression of passwords, from familiar names, to names plus numbers, to a difficult mix of numbers, letters and symbols, and finally, to something we could probably all do to strengthen our accounts (hint: it combines three or more obscure words).

If you’d like to know more about the history of passwords, and how to make yours stronger, you can stop by our website, click on the Flipster Magazine roll at the bottom until you find Popular Science, and read online. Page 18 will give you lots of great tips and tricks. I know I’m going to change a few of my passwords based on these ideas right now. All I have to do is remember the ones I’m using now…