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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sugar Bush

We zipped down to the Kings Landing sugar bush this past weekend. I should be tapping my own trees right now, but with the amount of snow on our property, it's challenging enough just feeding the chickens and rabbit every morning. We still have some syrup left from last year's run, so I might skip it until next year.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

23 Things~Reflections

My favorite thing was Pinterest! I've been a Pinterest fan from when Pinterest had very little content and was still in Beta-testing mode. I also think that Pinterest and BiblioCommons tie for being "the most useful" thing of the "23 Things".  As to what I was surprised to discover? Not much. I live with a tech savy 20 year old son and have been exposed to many of these tools already. To be honest, it was a tad interesting, but nothing really jumped out at me as a "Wow" moment.  I can see lots of advantages to using some of these tools in the workplace, especially for programming (did I mention Pinterest is my favorite for finding program and craft ideas?), and also in my homesteading and my historical reenacting. I feel very relieved that it is over, as finding the time to do the 23 Things was rather daunting when you are working part time and are dealing with illness and medical procedures. I liked learning about new computer apps and programs, but I really did not like having to try and blog about it. I am a verbal person and would rather discuss it with other people in person. As to what I have learned about myself?  Nothing...not really. This exercise was pleasant and informative, but really didn't stretch me in a way to reveal any new disclosures.  Then again, maybe my other interests and hobbies have jaded me. It's hard to compare the challenge of primitive camping or butchering your own animals for food to being able to install a Pinterest Button or make a Wordle cloud. But fear not, 23 Things people...I appreciate learning new skills and will put some of these tools to use in my professional life.  You're welcome to stop by my blog and maybe learn 23 Things about homesteading and history.

Back to regular programing.


I like "". It's a curation tool that kind of reminds me of "".  It's like a Pinterest: easy to navigate and pin/scoop articles. It's also easy to share articles using Twitter or Facebook. Just don't forget to make sure that the article  you are linking isn't a broken link.

Try it out:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

23 Things~StumbleUpon

I am getting out of order today, because StumbleUpon was the most annoying, irritating curatorial site I have ever come across, and I might as well blog about it now,while it is still fresh in my memory.  The web page didn't look like the web-shot in the instructions and it didn't want to let me log on through facebook, it was not user friendly and I would have had an easier time surfing Google and finding thing than trying to find anything on StumbleUpon. I'm searching for books and it is flinging suggestions such as news articles titled: "Woman Locked Away in Psych Ward for Being Spiritually Devoted". Its search categories are too broad.  I found something to post, Tweeted it, and I'm now planning on deleating my account.


23 Things~Apps

This one was a bit of a challenge, because it assumes that we all own some sort of device. Unfortunatetly I don't. I am also not comfortable with someone asking me to dowload something on a personal device, unless they are paying for the service and it is part of my job. I have however, downloaded "Overdrive"  onto my husbands I-pod for him, as well as talked him through the process of downloading an e-book and returning an e-book. If you are computer savy, it's pretty easy.  If computers are not your strength, then you may find it a bit challenging.  It is not as user friendly as it could be.


Friday, March 7, 2014

23 Things ~ Multimedia (continued)

We're checking out podcasts and videos this week. I have just finished listening to a really great podcast about incorporating a games program into your library programming. This podcast has some great suggestions, such as looking at your library mission and goals and developing your gaming program goals to coincide with them.  Be sure to create a framework to help you choose suitable games and implement them in an appropriate manner. Finally, they suggest being able to justify your games program. With great publicity and outreach, you should be able to grow your gaming program.

Check out this book by Scott Nicholson

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

23 Things~Multimedia

Ever since we got rid of cable TV, YouTube has been been my go to place for entertainment, social action, and education. There are tons of fun and interesting videos, especially on the topic of "Homesteading" and self-sufficiency (my other passion).
It's been interesting to see how other libraries have used You tube to promote programs, to engage with their patrons, and to advocate the importance of libraries.  There are several other video based social networks out there, like Vemio (my husbands favorite sight), but I much prefer You Tube for its user-friendliness and ability to keep all of my videos in seperate lists by topics.
I'll be back later to blog about podcasts in a little bit, but for now, I'll leave you with a fun video on how some children view libraries:
Produced by Bored Shorts TV


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

23 Things~Social Reading

Ah...Vision (or Biblio Commons, as we library people call it). 
Why more people don't use "My Vision", I do not know. I like the fact I can make customised lists, look at book reviews (and even write book reviews, if they didn't give my nightmarish flashbacks of school book-reports). Be sure to check it out.  I keep track of the homesteading books and gardening magazines I want to read.

 Photo by Kate Waller

Thursday, February 20, 2014

23 Things~Pinterest

The holy grail of all that is on the internet. Yes, I am Pinterest addict from way back when you had to be invited by someone to get an account. I love Pinterest and have been using boards to gather ideas for story-time, our Children's Dept., craft ideas and library diaplays from waaaay back. I think it beats the heck out of, because I am a visual person and love to have the pictures pop up, which will take me to the exact post where I found the idea. The downside of Pinterest is that you have to make sure that you can legally copy it, which can sometime be a pain.

23 Things ~ Wordle

Wordle: homesteader100

OK, using Wordle was fun ( ) and easy. You can have it grab words from your blog, or you can generate one using your own words. The challenge of posting it on my blog brought on a whole other level of frustration.  I wish Blogger would remember that we are not all as computer savy and give us a few more hints on how to add URL's.  I also wish the Wordle link would not look so blurry.


23 Things ~Tweeting

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have resurected my old Twitter account and I am still not impressed with it's usefulness in my personal life, since all of my friends and family are on Facebook, and I like to keep it simple and have one less password to remember. I also didn't find it as easy to use as Facebook, but that is probably just from lack of practice.  However, I decided to see what it was that attracted other users who swear by Twitter, (not one of our assignments, but I was curious), and found that these are the top reasons why Twitter can be a fun and useful: You can use it for announcements, short posts and linking interesting things; "Hashtags" are fun to use (yes, I was really told that); and it's handy when you want to comment on online articles, so I can understand it's usefulness.

Photo by Amos T Fairchild


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Library Things

So I'm taking part in some online training and will be recording my experiences here, in my old blog. This could be a good thing, since I always start a blog then forget to post after a time, making for rather long pauses. Today's assignment: start a blog (or in my case...resurrect an old blog).
I also got back on my old twitter account. I realised that I didn't miss it, and I still have nothing important to say.