Monthly Link Pack – April 2015

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– Are you a good speller? Then you should take the New York Public Library’s Surprisingly Tricky Spelling Bee Quiz. No spell check. No auto-correct. No phoning a friend. Just you and the timer. Good Luck! Let us know how you do in the comments.

– My cousin told me about Unroll Me. It’s a service that identifies your subscription emails and allows you to unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want anymore, while keeping the ones you do want — like the library newsletter for instance.

– Every year, following the awards season, we create a list of award winning and noteworthy movies in our collection. You can place holds on these popular DVDs online yourself, or you can fill out one of these forms the next time you’re in the library.

– One of the library blogs I read on a regular basis is the Swiss Army Librarian. He has a regular blog feature called Reference Question of the Week. I always learn something new. I continue to believe that a public library would make a great setting for a sitcom. I’m thinking Portlandia meets Party Girl. #right

– Do you post videos on YouTube? If so, you might like to know about this fairly new feature on YouTube called cards. Cards make your videos more interactive.  They allow you to “inform your viewers about other videos, merchandise, playlists, websites and more.” I haven’t played with this feature yet but I’m sure I will. To learn more click here.

– The Highlights of My Day is a blog with a highlight from a book, everyday.

–  I’m a BIG podcast fan. One of the first podcast episodes that got me hooked was the Giant Pool of Money in 2008. Serial raised the bar in 2014. If you are looking for something new, check out this list of Best New Podcasts of 2015. If you’re not sure what a podcast is, or how to listen to them on your device — make a device help appointment.

– I thought I would write about Meerkat but I guess it’s dead already. You can read all about it here. Apparently, Periscope is the way to go now. Can we agree that Periscope is the best name for this type of app?

– You can download 100,000 Free Art Images in High-Resolution from The Getty or 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. via Open Culture.

– If you are a real library geek you might actually enjoy this. I did. Ten hypnotic minutes of real-time book requests from the British Library’s book delivery system. via No Shelf Required.


– SNAPSHOT of the 5 Most Popular Adult Books at PPL right now (3/31/15)

1. The girl on the train / Paula Hawkins.

2. A spool of blue thread : a novel / Anne Tyler.

3. All the light we cannot see : a novel / Anthony Doerr.

4. The nightingale / Kristin Hannah.

5. Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania / Erik Larson.


The 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


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