Social Media 101

Back by popular demand, we’re having another round of our Social Media 101 session for seniors at the library this week!

Join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 2pm to learn the basics of social media, like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Bring along your tablet or cell phone (all charged up), and if we have time, we can help get your started.

This is a fun and very informative session that will cover the basics like how to set up your account, what you can use social media for, how to follow people you know, and how to get the most out of the apps of your choice. When we ran this in early 2018, it was an extremely popular session, and many people hoped we’d run another one for follow up questions, and just to learn a little bit more.

Call us at 257-2702 to register as this will fill up quickly! (And you don’t really have to be a senior to take part.)

Instagram Ideas!

Instagram is a great way to show off your product…or show off your creativity. If you are looking for some tips to help you achieve great looking photos AND lots of followers, STYLING FOR INSTAGRAM, and INSTAGRAM FOR BUSINESS FOR DUMMIES are great new books to find tips and tricks.

You don’t have to have the latest phone, special equipment, or interesting props, either. Find out how to curate your feed so that it looks uniform, clean, and exciting with minimal work. Or throw caution to the wind and post whatever strikes you at the time. This is the social media account for everyone. Learn how to use it so that your grandchildren will want to see what you post next, or to drive traffic to your site.

We have lots of great “ideas” books like this in the library. Take one out over the holidays and get snapping!

Dumb Down Your Smartphone

We’ve all heard of unplugging or taking social media breaks, but it’s not realistic for some of us who need our phones for work, or who really have no discipline to totally resist. So how about just “dumbing down” your cell phone? I recently came across this term and was fascinated by it.

Dumbing down isn’t about leaving your cell phone off completely, but about learning how to use it so that you aren’t distracted constantly, AND so that you can honestly hop on just to grab a phone number or text an important message and not fall down that rabbit hole of endless surfing. Great idea, right? We could all benefit from this.

Dumbing down your cell phone involves three steps:

  • turning off notifications for apps that constantly keep you looking–Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc….anything that pings every few minutes from new posts
  • putting all of your well-used apps into a folder that’s NOT on your phone’s front page
  • wrapping your phone in a rubber band

Turning off notifications is the easiest way to quiet your phone. You might have to go into each app to find those settings, but you’ll also want to select how your phone rings, or how email shows up in your apps. It’s easy to set your apps to just display a notification, or get rid of them completely for a day (or an hour). You can turn them back on later. No notifications means your phone will stay silent, but you won’t miss important phone calls. (Turn off text notifications, too!)

Putting all of your apps into a folder will require a little more work, but if you can’t readily see the ones you use every few minutes (or seconds), you’ll be less likely to use them. You can access the folder easily (and even move it to your main screen later), but it makes you work harder to get at the things that waste your time. Smart.

Lastly, wrapping your phone in a rubber band might seem seem extreme, but it’s more of a visual reminder than a deterrent. Remember people who used to put a rubber band on their wrists to remember something, or snap it to remind them not to do something? This is the same idea. The rubber band tells you that you’re actively trying to stay away from using your phone for a little while.

And if you’re looking for something fun to read while taking a social media break, but just can’t stop thinking about Twitter, how about this: THE DONALD J. TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL TWITTER LIBRARY by Steve Badow. It’s a fun analysis of all of Trump’s tweets since becoming President, and a political “analysis” of each one from the writers of The Daily Show.

Place a hold on it now. This one is going to be popular! And good luck with your dumbing down project!

We’re Instagramming!

teenThis summer, our Teen Summer Reading is taking off in a big way! We begin with our Teen “Take and Make” program. Each week, we’ll put out a new project/challenge/craft for teens to take home and have fun with. This week, we’re starting with an Instagram challenge.

And along with the challenge is a prize (this week we’re giving away a chocolate bundle). All your teen has to do is fill out a ballot, and they could win!

Today’s Instagram challenge is to take a photo of your #CoverCrush, and use the hashtag #CPlibrary so that we can find your photos!  Our cover crush is Alyson Noel’s, UNRIVALED.  Strawberries on a book cover?  Come on!

If you don’t already follow us on Instagram, get over there now and click “FOLLOW”.

Who Do You Follow?

While it’s fun to post things on Facebook, it’s also interesting to see what other people are posting. Our library follows local businesses, town Facebook pages, other libraries and many “bookish” sites. We can learn a lot about libraries, the book world, and also our community by looking at posts from all of these pages. Recently, we discovered:

The Carleton Place Town Hall was asking for photos taken by local residents capturing the beauty of winter in our area. Did you send a photo and use the hashtag #myCP ? Why not! You might be featured.

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum is always posting amazing photos of Carleton Place back in the day, and this week, they shared with us a fabulous black-and-white of Findlay Foundry as it was at its heyday.

12473528_1037388819651345_5404475710751705604_oCBC Books is always a great source of information about upcoming books, authors, featured topics, and just delightful reads. This week, they shared a list of children’s author Barbara Reid’s favourite children’s books. She’s got some of my favourites on there. Does she have yours?

And the NAC English Theatre page had a great post about their English Theatre production of 12th Night, happening now until February 6th at the NAC. It has puppets!

But one of the best things about following a variety of pages is that often, we find out something of importance that we can share with our readers. This week, it was a call out to the community from our local food bank for non-perishables that will soon be needed. While the Food Bank is well stocked at the moment, thanks to Christmas food drives etc., the shelves will empty quickly as people tend to forget about donating. Don’t forget, food is needed year round, so when you visit your local grocery store, pick up a can or two of the following and place it in one of the Food Bank bins on the way out of the store.

12400772_1866778360215177_8175255594555933128_nA BIG thanks to The Blossom Shop for sharing this with their readers, so that we could share with ours.

Start following some of our favourites, and share some of your favourites with us in the comments below so that we can add to all of the great communication going on between readers!

Life Long Learning & Social Media

Social-Media-IconsLife Long Learning is a brand new series we’re starting at the library in 2016. Our programs will be informative and entertaining, given by professionals who are at the top of their game.


Twitter 101 —-  Saturday, January 16th, 2-4pm —-An intro to Twitter as a communication tool, social networking platform, and information sharing structure.

Facebook 101— Saturday, February 20th, 2-4pm — An intro to the popular social media site. Learn how to be safe using this platform, and have fun at the same time.

LinkedIn 101— Saturday, March 19th, 2-4pm—-This great intro to the career-based communication tool will help you navigate the confusing waters and improve your career presence.


How Money Works: A Family Finances Seminar-–Saturday, January 20th, 10am—This information session will provide families with great tools to use now and plan for the future.

Making Your Money Last: Planning for Retirement—-Saturday, February 13th, 10am—-Join us to learn how to transition into your retirement.

Women and Investing—Saturday, March 26th, 10am—An informative session to help women understand the often confusing world of finances.

All sessions require registration, so please call the library at 257-2702 to sign up well in advance. We know a lot of these programs will be popular, so don’t miss your chance to learn something new!