Tag Archives: education

Saturday Snap – “Doritos Roulette” Challenge

One fun thing about being on holidays is that Pace and I spontaneously decided to go grab some late night snacks tonight after both Sasha and mom were in bed. He likes regular Doritos but decided to try a flavour that’s mostly regular Doritos but also has some super-hot ones mixed in (even though he’s […]

Friday Fun Link – Sean Spicer’s Alternative Alphabet

This is pretty funny, especially the one for “L” as that’s a word that our 3-year old has made up for herself as well!

How Louie CK Tells A Joke

I have so many “mini-interests” in my life and comedy is one things I’ve long loved (I remember going into the Luther College library in undergrad intending to do a paper that was due the next day, stumbling upon a book on the “philosophy of comedy” or some such thing and then ending up doing […]

The Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives Is Deeper Than You Think

It might not be as simple as people consciously choosing which philosophies they prefer to follow – whether we’re liberal or conservative  might be part of our deeper psychology.   According to the experts who study political leanings, liberals and conservatives do not just see things differently. They are different—in their personalities and even their […]

Forget 1984: These Five Dystopias Better Reflect Trump’s USA

With the almost unbelievable events in the US since Trump was elected, George Orwell’s classic novel, originally released in 1949, which details a dystopian future society where the government spies on, controls and lies to its citizens, has hit the top of the Amazon bestseller list. But there are other books that even better capture the dread and doom […]

Some *Real* (Not “Alternative”) Facts About #muslimban

Fears of Islamic Terrorists are greatly overblown.  Even if this ten-year average accounted for 9/11 deaths, Americans are *still* more likely to be killed getting hit by a bus! Trump’s “Muslim Ban” shows why he’s in a conflicted position as the first non-elected, non-military person to serve as President of the United States… Even *if* […]

Friday Fun Link – Politics By Profession

  This site breaks down the political preferences of different professions. No surprise to see that librarians tend to be very liberal leaning.  (I heard a good line recently – someone observed: “What’s the easiest way to tell if someone’s a liberal or a conservative?  Ask them if they’ve read a book in the past year.” […]

86 Books Barack Obama Recommended During His Presidency

  Another thing I’m going to miss about Obama is that, unlike Cheeto Jesus, Obama was actually a reader. For the record… 1. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer 2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez 3. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing 4. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston 5. Brown Girl Dreaming, […]

Kitchener Public Library Has Social Worker Patrons Can “Borrow”

I’ve been watching the growth of social workers in libraries with great interest. I think the first I heard of the idea was when San Francisco Public Library got one.  Now it’s spreading to other urban centres across the US and Canada – Winnipeg, Edmonton, Thunder Bay are just a sample of some Canadian libraries where this […]

Saturday Snap – Sometimes I Have A Pretty Cool Job #LibraryAsCommunityLivingRoom

Like getting to teach one of our young regulars how to play chess with the oversized chess board that my branch recently borrowed from Central library. Then after seeing how quickly he picked up the game, watching as he went on to teach a few of our other young regulars over the past couple days.