Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Recycled Book Art

National Library Week is almost here and one of my favorite activities is cutting books apart.

Don't fret-these aren't just any books. They are usually books that are featured in our "Why We Weed" segments and so they really, really need to go (really!).

And then--craft time begins!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Series Review

I'm a fantasy book geek. I also love science fiction. I just can't get enough of either. But I also enjoy history, alternate history, Tolkein, dystopian literature and studying social roles. And now I have found a series that offers all this and more!

 I recommend the Emberverse series by S. M Stirling.

In 1998 all technology dies: electronics, automobiles, planes, and the flash point of gun powder, oil and alcohol. Basically the laws of physics change throwing the world back into the middle ages.
It's a prolific series that spans from 1998-2045 (maybe further, I haven't read them all). Many different societies emerge: knights, gaelic cairns, Tolkein inspired Rangers, military bases,  ranchers and so much more.

It's got everything: apocalypse, alternate history, dystopian societies, kings, witches, horses, Dunedain Rangers, sword fights, cannibals, archery, and sociology. Give it a try!


Friday, January 26, 2018

Why We Weed: BioHazard (Viewer discretion is advised)

Disclaimer: Not for the weak of stomach.

I do not have a photo of this. I will not apologize. It was too gross.
The other day I was working at a School Library, helping to add items to our consortia catalog, when I came across a very disgusting thing.
Nancy Drew (not the disgusting part)
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (still not the disgusting part)
--with a mysterious pinkish stain (getting warmer)
--that had chunks in it (HOT!)
--and a very distinctive smell. (TOO FAR!)

That's right. A book shelved among all the others, was covered in dried, pink vomit. 
And I touched it! 

That went in a plastic bag and in the trash. Some things cannot be saved.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FrankenToys, Part 2

 When you run a program every year you can always learn something new. FrankenToys (I've just done it for the 6th year in a row-I think) is no exception.

One year I learned to have them dismember the plushes full of beans over the trash can (that was a mess).

Another year I learned that yarn can make for some awesome oversized stitches for a truly Frankenstein-esque creation.

Last October it was all about the fluff.

For more on FrankenToys: click here to visit our earlier post.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

We're Back

It's probably no coincidence that September 14th was our last post. It was a big day for both of us-the BookGeek1 family welcomed our newest little BookGeekBaby.

That's right, we now have a little girl that we can raise with a healthy love of literature and libraries.

We are loving our Mom and Daughter matching panda socks.
From BookGeek2:
My apologies as well. While my changes are not as dramatic or life altering as becoming a parent, I have had some changes as well. I am growing into a new position at work as a Continuing Education and General Consultant. That means my posts are going to shift to a broader library spectrum than just IT.
Plus I gotta spoil BookGeekBaby. It's my job as honorary aunt!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cool Apps

Ever wonder what good apps are out there that are free? I hate paying for an app. I'm all about open source especially for public libraries.

So here are a few of my favorite apps. (And now Favorite Things from Sound of Music is in my head).

Cloud Storage
Need a file from your computer? Save it to Dropbox or Google Drive or iCloud (iOS only) and you can open it on your phone!
Digital Library
Love to listen to audiobooks on the road? Try Overdrive (OR it's new companion app Libby) OR RBDigital. Kansas residents have an  RBdigital account through the State Library. CKLS residents have an Overdrive account through their local library.

Love eBooks? Try Cloud Library, Freading or TotalBoox through the State Library of Kansas. Overdrive/Libby through CKLS has a large collection of eBooks too!

You no longer need a WiFi printer to print from your mobile device! You just need your printer wired to the network and find the App for your brand of printer. I have had good luck with Business Canon Print, HP Smart print, Ricoh Connector AND Samsung Mobile Print.

Automate Your Life
Have a document you need to sing and return? Use SignNow. You can open the file, fill out the PDF, sign it, and send it back--All from your phone or tablet!

Need lists and reminders? Try Wunderlist!

Want your profile photos on all your social media to sync, when you change one, they all change? Try Ifttt (If this, then that).

Scan/Photo Editing
Want to see what you look like Old or Young, Male or Female? Take a non-smiling photo and make you smile? Try FaceApp!

Snapseed is an excellent photo editor with filters and tools to improve your photos. Adobe Photoshop Touch is also an option. Lenka provides simple Black & White photos.

Password Keeper
Dashlane or LastPass are great options for securely storing all your passwords. Both will tell you the age and strength of you passwords and offer the option to copy passwords and paste them into login boxes.