Sunday, September 29, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #30


You've heard of Awkward Family Photo's, right? If you haven't, take a moment or two and enjoy how the family photo can go terribly wrong.
Avoid having your family photo posted there by taking a few pointers from Unbored: the essential field guide to serious fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Larsen.
Pointers include:
  • Shoot a lot of photos
  • Natural light is best, and even better when not in direct sunlight
  • Get Close - keep the focus on the family, not the surroundings.
  • Stay in the picture. In other words, use the self timer.
  • Get funky with the setting - but not too funky. See above picture.
  • Accessorize
  • Go abstract - instead of shooting the faces, take a picture of everyone's feet.
  • Reward with candy - make sure it's not blue.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Banned Books Week, September 22-28

We live with a lot of freedom to read what we want to read in this country and not be judged or persecuted. The freedom to read is the cornerstone of every library's mission statement.
Some people do not want you to have this freedom. As a result books that are challenged in the library have the potential to be banned. Here are a few that have been challenged in Oregon

Monday, September 23, 2013

SAT Workshop

Hello college-bound students. Would you like to learn the ins and outs of taking the SAT?
You'll get all the tips and tricks from the pros at this workshop we're offering, Tuesday, October 8, from 5-7pm.
Sign up today!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #29

The creator of many beloved animated movies including Howl's Moving Castle and, more recently, The Secret World of Arrietty, Hayao Miyazaki is retiring. Sad face, sad face.
Learn more about his final project here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Awkward...


OK, is it just me, or does it look like the girl on this cover is about to deliver a giant raspberry (or zrbrt, if you will) on the neck of this angel/boy? I mean, her lips are at ultimate pucker...

This book, My Totally Awkward Supernatural Crush will arrive at the library this month to a Young Adult fiction section near you. In it, unpopular Jenna is delighted when a gorgeous new guy at school, who is apparently also an angel, is as attracted to her as she to him. According to a review from Kirkus,  "Unfortunately, they're plagued both by Luke's ancient nemesis, Adam, and by their community-theater production of Fiddler on the Roof. Luke, Jenna and Adam are all involved in the accidentally farcical  performance, battling out a theoretically epic fray around costume changes and musical numbers. Goofy  humor--complete with a recurring supernatural chorus of Michael Jackson songs, an angel with an algebra quiz and the lifesaving antics of babysitter's nightmare David Lipski--is suitably slapstick." 
I'm especially intrigued by the "supernatural chorus of Michael Jaskson songs." If you are too, check out this refreshingly comedic take on supernatural romance.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #28

Be a smart kitty.
Did you know that MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has fee onlinecourse materials?
Through its MIT OPEN COURSEWARE program, anyone with a curious mind can enjoy a quality education in many fields of study. People all over the world are using it.
Have you always wanted to know more about nanomachines? How about evolution and society?
This isn't your average DIY, this is college levle DIY!



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #27

Feel like singing the blues? Every blues singer needs a harmonica. Here's a way to make one using popsicle sticks.
Now you can sing the blues about not having a "real" harmonica.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Scrap-Cracklings #26

Morse Code was invented about 160 years ago and was developed by Samuel F.B. Morse.
It is still in use today!


Here is a great tutorial
http://www.wikihow.com/Learn-Morse-Code

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