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”.



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!



I’m fascinated lately by what people search for online, especially when we have so many people at the library using the internet. Recently, I came across a list of the Top 10 Questions “Millennials” searched for in May of 2013.  (Yahoo put together the list of searches from their site. This doesn’t include the popular Google searches.)

yahoo_logo_caFor those not familiar, millennials are the group of people aged 18 – 35. While the questions they ask aren’t that strange (I think a lot of people have no idea what “twerking” is), there are a few surprises (how to boil an egg). Here is the list in order:

1.  What is a meme?  (If you’re not familiar with memes, they are an internet sensation that is passed from person to person, usually through social media.  Think….grumpy cat photos.)

2.  How do I use Pinterest? (It’s not straightforward.  I asked the same question when I started.)

3.  How to boil and egg.

4.  What is hummus?

5.  What is twerking? (If you’re over 20 years old, you really don’t want to know.  Suffice it to say, it’s a type of dance you’ll never need to learn.)

6.  What is a 401K? (There are obviously a lot of Americans asking these questions.  I’m glad they’re asking this as millennials. It’s never too early, and usually too late.)

7.  What is the Great Gatsby about? (I guess young people want to know if it’s going to be worth the $12+ ticket price, plus snackage costs, to see the movie.  Hey…the book only costs $7.99 on Amazon!)

8.  What is a hashtag? (Since we’re tweeting and on Instagram at the library, we’re getting into the whole hashtag thing.  #############)

9.  What is a narcissist? (I thought this was an interesting question. I guess a lot of people want to know.)

10.  How to tie a tie.  (It is graduation, prom and wedding season.  This is an important skill to learn, people.)

I wish Yahoo would do this list for each age group.  It might be enlightening.


Very Pinteresting!

I’ve been using Pinterest now for quite a while. Not only do I love the whole idea of being able to see multiple items on one page, but it makes so much more sense to “pin” a great website to one of my boards than to constantly bookmark sites.  I use Pinterest both in a personal manner, as well as professionally. And it seems that more and more librarians are using  to make their library experience better.

If you haven’t used Pinterest before, it’s basically a big bulletin board where you “pin” on items you like, from anywhere on the internet.  Once you ask to be added to Pinterest, you’re free to start pinning. So, say you’re on the National Geographic website and you see a great article you’d like to read later.  Just “pin” it to one of your boards and you can access it any time.  It’s visual, which makes it so much more interesting than bookmarks or favourites.

For work, I use Pinterest to get new craft ideas for my storytimes and craft nights, and also for ideas for bulletin boards and display windows. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve found there that are different and wonderful. It sure beats using Google to scan page after page of images, only to find nothing new. Pinterest is fresh and I can’t wait to use it in new ways!

But now, it seems that librarians from all over the North America are finding exciting ways to use Pinterest in their libraries to bring in more patrons, connect with their users and disperse information, all from these unique bulletin boards. Just how are they using Pinterest?  Here are a few ways:

1. Pinning Book Covers.  Librarians are putting together lists of books by genre or interest for their patrons.  Book covers also show what a librarian might be reading, or what might be new to the library. It’s up to the library to decide how to use it, and the possibilities are endless.

2. Encouraging kids and teens to read. One library has a special board dedicated to crafts, books and fun ideas based on hot new books for kids and teens, such as the Hunger Games. Teens can find great paper crafts or fun links to help broaden their experience with the book. Fun!

3. Displaying historical photos.  While we have lots of historical photos on our Local History sister blog, this would also be a fun way to display items for people who might not regularly visit our blog. It’s also a way to draw in new users.

4. Creating collaborative boards!  This is such a fun idea.  One library is using Pinterest to collaborate with their patrons by posting pictures of their pets “reading”. 

There are SO many great ideas and ways that libraries are using Pinterest.  You can read a wonderful article here at Edudemic. Fantastic ideas that I know I’m going to think more about!