Blank Days

I’m having a blank day.

Tomorrow, the post will be brilliant. Brilliant!

Or, at least…more than 19 words.


And here we are…….

Hooray!!  This is our 1000th blog post!  I can hardly believe we’ve been keeping a blog for that long!  It honestly wouldn’t happen without all of our loyal readers, however, so we must say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone for dropping by each day to see what we have to say.

Since we started posting back in October of 2007, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the blog.  It started out that month with 48 visitors total.  Yes, that’s 48 visitors in the entire month.  We now get anywhere from 250 – 500 on average per day.  We’ve had almost half a million visits to the blog as of this week, and I honestly never thought we’d see that number. Our busiest blog day ever occurred this past April, when we did a post on Green Eggs and Ham, if you can believe it. (Our blog was featured on the main WordPress page for the weekend, and we drew a wide variety of visits from around the world.) We were featured later this year again and managed our largest number of comments ever, after doing a post on secret book sculptures being left in Scotland libraries.  It seems that our readers are an eclectic bunch, but we appreciate each and every one of them.

A few things have changed within the library since we started the blog, too. It was my first full month as the Children’s librarian and we had a bit of a staffing juggle, taking on a new staff member as well. She’s since gone on to other things, but we now have another new staff member who we hope to keep for some time. We’ve had a number of library pages go through the doors, and two new teens have just joined our ranks.  We’ve had one summer student, about 10 kids in to do volunteer hours for their high school diplomas, and more programs than I can count. We have some new Library Board Members, and we’re just about to claim a new Library Chair, so this should be an exciting fall. We’ve added plenty of new shelving to both the adult and children’s section and we’re just about to add more, which means our collection is always expanding.  We’ve gone from audio books to ebooks, and from VHS to DVDs. We’ve added two new express computers and added a new front desk! (We even have new soap dispensers in the washrooms! Exciting, I know!)

So, for the next 1000 posts, I hope we’ll see as much change and movement in new directions as we’ve had so far, and I hope our patrons will continue to enjoy and support the library in a variety of ways.

Thanks for dropping by!

Don’t fear the internet

I love blogging.  It’s a challenge to come up with interesting things to write each day, and I enjoy keeping everyone up to date with what’s going on at the library. I’ve been blogging for the library now for almost four years, and while I didn’t know what I was going to post about when I first got started, I think it has all evolved into a kind of library/book/world mash-up. I may not be the best to keep up with Twitter or Facebook (although I’m challenging myself to do that this summer), I will continue to blog for the foreseeable future.  In fact, we’re coming up to our 1000 post soon, and I’m pretty surprised by that number. Who knew?

I don’t have a personal blog even though I’ve tried on occasion several times, but one thing I’ve been noticing more of lately is that more and more people (and businesses) are using blogs in place of websites.  They do everything from promote their creative endeavors (photography, writing, artwork etc.) to selling products online….all without having to spend a great deal of time and money designing a website, or paying someone to do it for them.  The problem with having someone else design a website is that you’ll need to keep them in the loop if you need to make changes or updates and it can become a hassle.  Will it get done? How much extra will it cost? Using a blog as a website eliminates all of those hassles AND you can now even have your own domain name so that it looks and feels just like a regular website. (Yes, you will pay a bit for that, but it’s much easier overall.)

And now…there’s help for those of us who don’t know a thing about designing websites or HTML or CSS code (what???).  The great people at Don’t Fear the Internet have put together several videos that go step by step through creating your own website, even if you have no programming skills. I went through the first one and thought it seemed reasonable (although a word to the wise…. this is NOT FOR CHILDREN.  Some explicit language! Why?  I have no idea, since everything seems so professional, otherwise.) I might even give it a try when I have time to sit and work on it. Each video goes through a different aspect and allows you to create from scratch, or finally, dissect a WordPress blog (which is what the library uses), and create a site through one of its templates.

So, if you’ve ever been curious as to how websites are designed and you’d like to give it a try, drop by the site to see what they have to offer. And get creative!

How do you feel?

This is one of the most beautiful and interesting sites I’ve come across in quite some time.  We Feel Fine began as a website and is now a book by creators Sep Kamvar and Jonathan Harris.

Since 2005, We Feel Fine has been scouring the web every few minutes for blogs that contain the words “I feel” and “I am feeling”.  It records the sentence that includes the words, and decides what the “feeling” can be grouped as (sad, happy etc.).  From there, it can extrapolate a few things such as approximate age, gender,  and geographical location, and then provide the weather in that area at the time.  It then becomes part of a huge database of information which can be searched in a wide variety of ways.

When you visit the site, you can read all about the mission, see the book as it looks but the most fascinating thing is to try the interactive version.  The little dots that scatter the page are not only pretty, but addictive as you click on each one to see what someone has posted.

So today…. I feel like weekends need just a few more hours.  Just a few…..


Tomorrow is my wedding day!  I am looking forward to seeing all of our friends and family and finally, FINALLY getting a little vacation!  (Okay, so I really am looking forward to marrying my sweetheart as well, of course!)  The blog will be on a little vacation this weekend, but I’m happy to report that my co-worker Shirley will post next week while I’m away.

Thanks to all the wonderful people I work with for understanding my scattered brain these past few weeks.  You’ve all been fantastic!

Something for the kids!

We’ve finally got a few fun pages for the kids!  Actually, it’s a whole new blog called “The Second Chapter”.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to go far…just click on the link on the side of this page and you’ll be whisked right to the page.  There are fun game sites, crafts, and creative ideas.  We hope to have kids contribute, too.  We are looking for artwork, poetry, short stories and more to add to our pages.  We want to see what the children of Carleton Place are doing!  So visit the site, leave a comment and have a look around.  You might find something fun to do!