Monthly Link Pack – Feb 2015

monthly (1)A collection of noteworthy links about books, movies, libraries, apps,
and generally cool stuff.

Fantastic Fiction is a website we use at the library to quickly figure out the latest book by an author, or to figure out the the order of books in a series. Click here to see the page devoted to George R. R. Martin. Then click here to see what books we have of his in our collection.

– This has been shared a lot for good reason. A to X Writing Advice, Courtesy of Copy Chief Benjamin Dreyer. For instance, the singular of biceps is biceps; the singular of triceps is triceps. There’s no such thing as a bicep; there’s no such thing as a tricep. Via Swiss Miss

– I seriously got verklempt watching this TEDx talk about libraries. What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh. To learn about our local TEDx click here → TEDx PiscatquaRiver.

This makes me want to find two turntables and a microphone.

– My 14 year old introduced me to EssayTyper. Cracks me up every time. Enter a subject and then randomly hit the keys on your keyboard.

Otlet’s Shelf is a a nice clean Tumblr theme that allows you to collect and display your favorite books. Unfortunately, it only works with Amazon. I wish it worked with libraries somehow.

– This list of Knight Foundation winning library project ideas is inspiring. Via No Shelf Required. By my count, Boston won four. “The projects will provide new tools and approaches that leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities.”

– I never even heard of Medium before I read this: A Teenager’s View on Social Media → written by an actual teen.

– Speaking of Medium, I’m intrigued by this new series on Medium called Forward. The tagline for the show is “Top notch thinkers take on #bigtimeideas with bestselling author Kelly Corrigan.” Via Tech Crunch. Preview some talks here: B.J. Novak, Margaret Atwood.

– Regarding DVDs → Downton Abbey Season 5 was recently added to our collection. We also circulate seasons 1-4.  Olive Kitteridge, the HBO miniseries, will be added soon. Watch the trailer here. Place a hold here.

– Have you heard the idiom “in my wheelhouse” lately? Learn about the origin here.

– If I’m reading it right then Puddle Dock Pond Ice Skating Rink at Strawbery Banke closes for this winter at the end of February. Follow their Facebook page for updates and/or check out their webcam.

– What do you think of this? Library patrons in Gretna Omaha can now check out a Ukulele.

– Introducing teens to new books with Book Tasting Musical Chairs sounds like a great idea to me. Via The Unquiet Librarian. I was also introduced to the concept of pre-search through the Unquiet Librarian. A great read for anyone doing research on their own, or helping others with research.

– Can you tell the difference between Modern Art and paintings by toddlers? I thought I could too. Take the quiz on Buzzfeed. We have a great collection of art books and magazines. Come in and browse our collection.

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind people with volunteer helpers from around the world via live video chat.

– If you want more information about a particular event at the library, check our Event Keeper page. It is in the top right corner of our website. If you have a Facebook account you can join events on our Facebook Events page. If you still have questions, feel free to call us at 603-427-1540.

– HOT RIGHT NOW → a snapshot of the 5 Most Popular Adult Books at PPL right now (1/31/15)
1. All the light we cannot see : a novel / Anthony Doerr
2. The Boston girl : a novel / Anita Diamant
3. The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing / Marie Kondo
4. The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins
5. Big little lies / Liane Moriarty


 

libchic-headshotThe Monthly Link Pack is a blog series curated by Jennifer Moore, library clerk, maker, and sustainable style blogger. If you have a suggestion for something that should be included in a future blog post, email her at jamoore@cityofportsmouth.com.

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