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!

This Summer's Headband

Typically I love making my summer headband out of felt (and I may still make one...I've been pondering a hammer), but I went slightly off-the-beaten-path this year.

Bear with me....

Our summer's theme being "Build a Better World" and I had this lying around, so.....

That's right. It is merely a traffic cone hot glued to a headband. Note: wider headband would probably offer much better stability.

Here is my lovely assistant demonstrating the sheer beauty of this magnificent sight.

If you are hesitant, just remember that kids love it when you look silly! So throw a cone on your head or make a caution tape tie/scarf (idea?!), but just make it goofy.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Leprechaun Snot

Yes, that's right. Leprechaun Snot.

With a program title like this one you can bet on a decent turnout. Because really what teen doesn't want to make a nice big bag of snot.

So when it became clear that slime programs were a surefire hit I started to brainstorm some future options for teens. Hence, Leprechaun Snot for March.

And doesn't it look delightful.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why we weed:Outdated Technology Fiction

Scooter Computer & Mr. Chips: The Computer in the Candy Store
By Leslie McGuire, Illustrated by John Costanza
Western Publishing Company, Inc. c. 1984

There is a difference between science fiction and outdated technology fiction. Had this book been science fiction adult fiction book, I would have kept it. However, with a children's book the technology needs to be relatable to kids. And a desktop computer on wheels with green text on a black screen will not resonate.

Plus this is in reference to an ABC kids show, which I don't even remember but I did find on YouTube.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Printers...the bane of my existense

Printers. Blerg.  I just really hate printers.
The paper jams. The print jobs stall. They disconnect from the computers.

And wireless printers are even more temperamental. Because wireless connections are always dropping or slowing down the more people join the network, wireless printers are also going down.
So, I now have a Printer Troubleshooting 101 guide.
You're welcome.

·      Is the printer on?
·      Is the printer online?
1.    Go to Control Panelà Devices and Printers
§  If your printer is online it has a full color icon.  If printer is offline it is greyed out.
2.    If Offlineà Check cables (Internet cable and/or USB cable)
3.    Turn Printer Off and On Again
4.    Check the Print Queue
§  Go to Startà Devices and Printers
§  Right Click on your printeràSee What’s Printing
§  Select file waiting to printerà DocumentàCancel
§  Go to Printerà Open as Administratorà Cancel All Documents.
5.    Reconnect the printer
§  Go to Start àDevices and Printers
§  Highlight printerà Click Remove Printer
§  Add a PrinteràAdd a Network, Wireless or Bluetooth Printer
§  Find your printer (pick one with only theIP address on the right column—
§  Print a Test Page
·      Ask your friendly Techie if problem persists.