Friday, July 28, 2017

T-Shirt Tote Bags

A program that teens seem to love (beyond all reason) is T-Shirt Tote Bags. Now I know why I love it: it is cheap, quick and simple.

What's not to love about a program that requires only shirts and scissors?

And with the diversity of shirts you can use, the end results can wind up being pretty unique.

We went to our local thrift shop and bought a couple of "Rag Bags" (aka a bag of shirts that sell mostly to people who use them to clean up in shops and such) for about $2. And that with our supply of fabric scissors (always make sure to properly label your scissors as "Fabric" so they don't get ruined by being used on something else) we have one very inexpensive program.

An alternative would be to have a BYOT (Bring Your Own T-Shirt) event and have them bring a shirt of their own to reinvent. [I will offer more suggestions for redoing shirts later that should make either a BYOT or an investment in starting a shirt stash very worthwhile.]

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sexting Doesn't Hurt Anyone, Right?

Sending your significant other a cute little nude photo. It's no big deal, right? It's private. It's just a little sexting.

24% of high school students and 33% of college students have been involved in sexting.

When their photos were shared, many teens became subject of online bullying. The harassment became so bad some victims have committed suicide.

Many don't see it as a big deal. Many don't realize how easily that very private photo can become so very public.

All it takes is 1 group text to spread the photo. Once someone else is in possession of your photo, you no longer control how they share that photo. "17% of sexters share the messages they receive with others, and 55% of those share them with more than one person."

And if you forward a nude or partially nude photo of an underage girl, you can be charged with child pornography.

So, talk to teens about the real dangers of sexting. Help them see how easily a photo can be shared and the ramifications of sharing that photo.

Dangers of Sexting:

Phycology Today:

Teen Sexting Statistics:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Can You Spot a Malicious Email?

Remember, as Junk Mail filters get better, so do spammers! Nefarious emailers are tricky and they are getting better at their malicious emails.
It's no longer good enough to just ignore the emails from Nigerian Princes, where your name is never in the email and the grammar and spelling are so poor you know it's not legit.
Now,  spammers have your name, use a brand name or store, have an official looking logo, or website, or email. It's been proof read and edited. It looks honest. BUT IT'S NOT!

So, How do you know? 

That's probably the wrong question. Rather, How do I protect myself?

Don't trust a hyperlink. Hover over the link and see what web address it is Really Taking you too. Not what the email says it's taking you to.

Don't trust an email address. Spammers can now clone emails or hide their real email they are using. Make sure to hover over, or click the arrow next to the email address to see who really sent the email.

And don't open attachments that you do not know what they are. Pay attention to the file extension. Never open a file with .zip or .exe.

Don't click on links.  Go to your online accounts by typing the web address into your browser.
And trust your gut. If you think something is off, don't open it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Librarian Shower Thoughts

Profound thoughts seems to abound when I'm shampooing my hair in the shower.

  • Overdue and Overude are just a typo apart. Coincidence?
  • Why is the noisy teen kicked out, but the rude adult is not?
  • What is it about the full moon and all the most eccentric patrons coinciding?
  • Why do the people who think they know it all, actually know so little?
  • If patrons had to turn in their phones to check out a book, the library would never have overdues.
  • Cleaning out the junk patrons donate in books is like an archaeologist dig.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Copcake Day

Well, after years of wishing I have finally had my very first Copcake Day for teens. My long-term plans is that this will be an annual event and with the impressive turnout I think that is definitely a possibility (by far this was our largest attendance of the year).

And it was also by far our most delicious program.

Monday, May 8, 2017

BookGeek1 has been a bad blogger

Many apologies for not posting much over the past few months. I always have the best of intentions (as well as a schedule of topics I want to share), but sometimes things happen and time gets away from us.

On that note, Mr. BookGeek1 and I are excited to announce a new addition will be joining us later this year!

Morning sickness can take down even the strongest of us!

That being said, I'll try to get back on track with routine posting. And I have so many things to share!!!

But....YAY BABY!