Saturday, October 31, 2020

Hallotober Tag

  

Welcome readers & Happy Halloween! A special shout out and thanks to Neri @ Post Cards from La-La Land for the inspiration for a fun Halloween Questionnaire. I know it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. Boy do I have some updates for you! But first, let’s talk about Hallotober! 


Hallotober Tag Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post 

  2. Put the rules at the beginning or after the introduction

  3. Answer the 13 questions 

  4. Tag 13 people

  5. Delete Question 13, add a new number one question of your own

  6. You are free to use the tag image somewhere in the post

Tags:

I don’t have 13 people to tag--but feel free to play along if the fancy strikes you! 

Hallotober Tag:

Do you believe in ghosts?

I do! I’ve had a few ghostly encounters of my own, and I’ve heard a lot of family members and friends tell some of their own as well. Maybe if I get around to it, I’ll share a couple of them as blog posts!  

Trick or treat? Do you prefer a book that‘s full of twists and shockers or do you prefer a more comfortably predictable story?

    I love books that are full of twists and shockers. I’m a hardcore mystery lover and when I was a kid I wanted to be a detective---so I love trying to figure out whodunnit before the author’s big reveal at the end of the novel. The more twists and turns--the harder the mystery.


What is your favorite horror novel or short story?

    I love the Nevermore Series by Kelly Creagh. It’s a paranormal romance-horror that involves monsters and alternate dimensions first discovered by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a beautiful mix of reality and magic that leaves you wondering, what if...



What was the last Halloween costume you wore?

Last year I had a lot of fun dressing up for my Halloween storytimes. I got to dress up 3 days in a row! I made 3 different, easy DIY costumes that I’m actually really proud of. I was a black cat, a unicorn and a Hogwarts Student. 




What is your favorite fall snack?

Hot apple cider! Okay, okay, it’s a drink--but it’s my favorite food-related thing about fall :) 

Do you carve pumpkins?

I did this year for the very first time! What do you think, readers? Can you figure out which one is mine?



Do you prefer horror movies or stories?

This is a great question. Am I watching the horror movie by myself, or am I with a group of people I trust? Because honestly, that’s about the only way I watch them anymore! Hands down, I think I prefer reading the scary stories because I feel more in control of how scared I actually feel. There’s something about movies that are sometimes way more real than they need to be!

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

 So this isn’t necessarily Halloween specific--but it’s my favorite fall memory. I went to a local corn maze with a group of friends. Everyone was there in pairs, except for me (my then boyfriend simply didn’t want to go) and my now husband (whose partner also chose to not go). So as a group we did the corn maze, which was a TON of fun (pretty sure someone got punched in the face when he tried to scare the group at large). But when that was over we did all of the other games associated, like the Wheelbarrow Race and the Giant Barrel Roll, and split off into couples. I was left awkwardly with this guy I didn’t know, whose significant other also ditched last minute. During the Giant Barrel Roll, he kept getting super dizzy and falling, and because we had been going so fast, I couldn’t stop the Barrel, so inevitably he fell out, several times. AND, being the jerk that I am, I laughed uncontrollably the whole time. Nearly six years (and a lot of growth and change) later, we’re now married and still laugh hysterically when we share this story. 

 Do you prefer to give out candy or get candy?

Okay, so I LOVE candy and going for walks--but I’m too old to get candy myself. And honestly, it’s no big deal to go to the store and pick out my favorite candies. When my daughter gets a little older, going with her will probably be my favorite. But until she gets older, handing out candy will probably be my favorite for a while. You get to see all of the cute costumes and make kids smile. 

Do you decorate for Halloween or fall?

Again, this is something I hope to get better about as my daughter gets older. I’m pretty lazy though, so in my adult life pre-daughter, I didn’t really decorate because it was just more cleaning for myself after the holiday was over. 

Do you have a favorite urban legend? If so what is it?

So we have one local urban legend that I remember pretty distinctly called Cry Baby Ridge. There’s a long section of winding road surrounded by towering trees that crosses over a cavernous river. There is one spot along the road where you can pull off to the side and access the river. This is Cry Baby Ridge. If you pull over in this spot at midnight on a full moon you will hear the wails of a newborn emanating from the river far below. It is said that a desperate teenage mother left her newborn down by the river’s edge in the middle of nowhere to spare herself society’s judgement. That lost little newborn still haunts that riverbank even to this day, wailing for its mother. And if a woman gets too close while the child weeps, it will mistake you for its mother and drown you in the river in sweet revenge. 

Would you rather spend a night in a graveyard or a haunted house?

Graveyard! If I’m going to be scared, I want to be scared by real ghosts--not electronic stuff. Now, if it’s a real haunted house, I’d still probably choose the graveyard, because it’d be more likely to be haunted by less-angry ghosts. If a house is haunted by a real ghost, they tend to be more angry--right? Nobody ever talks about the ghosts that water their plants or complete their puzzles. 

What is your favorite spooky movie?

Practical Magic. I know it’s pegged as a romantic fantasy--but it has it’s creepy moments! And as much as I’ve wanted to be a detective, I’ve longed to be a witch even longer. 

 


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Library Public Service Announcements


Hello Readers!

Today we are going to check out some library public service announcements (PSAs)—a perfect topic with National Library Week coming up (April 19-25).




What is a Public Library Service Announcement?


The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a public service announcement as, “an announcement made for the good of the public”—which is true, but doesn’t capture the passion and intent behind a Library PSA. According to Penn State University, “A PSA is a short informational clip that is meant to raise an audience’s awareness about an important issue. PSAs may include interviews, dramatizations, animations and many other types of video and audio content”. Which is getting closer—but! My favorite definition is actually from Wikipedia (I know, I know, but just wait until you SEE it) and it states, “A PSA is a message in the public interest disseminated without charge, with the objective of raising awareness of, and changing public attitudes and behavior towards a social issue”.

In this case, the PSA is designed to change the public’s attitude and behavior towards the library. This is an essential marketing technique for libraries as their role in society evolves with the needs and desires of the communities they serve.

Effective PSA Criteria:

After pooling information from Penn State University, IUPUI Library Marketing Notes by Annette Lamb, and the examples provided in the next section, I have determined the following criteria to be essential for creating an effective PSA:
  •       Short: 15-30 seconds
  •      Clear Message Presented at a pace that’s easy to follow
  •      Raises Awareness and/or Encourages Activism
  •      Evokes Relatable Emotions
  •     Supported by Facts


Examples:

Harrison Ford: Find Epic Stories at Your Library



This PSA from the American Library Association (ALA) features Harrison Ford, a famous actor talking about finding adventure at your library. It focuses on the books, movies, games and more that are “just waiting to be discovered”. It ties into Ford’s newest movie The Call of the Wild. By using a famous actor staring in a new and popular movie the ALA is attempting to persuade viewers that libraries are valuable for the materials and grand adventures they provide to users. This PSA is only 34 seconds long and features Harrison Ford speaking directly to the audience as well as very action-packed scenes from his newest movie.

Emilio Estevez: Libraries are Essential


This is another PSA created by the ALA. This one features Emilio Estevez and his latest movie The Public which is all about a public library attempting to help its most vulnerable community members. This PSA is also very short, only 31 seconds long. But it’s by far my favorite PSA. It speaks volumes about how I feel about libraries. Estevez states that “Libraries are the beating hearts of our communities” and “Libraries are where all are welcome”. Again, we see a famous actor advocating for the library. This time, however, it is the library services beyond materials that are being advocated and the library itself as the “beating heart of our community” where “all are welcome”.

PSA- Durango Public Library Novelist


This PSA was created by Durango Public Library staff. It’s funny, has a clear message and is short. It encourages viewers to check out Novelist, a read alike tool provided by the library. My only problem with this is that it goes a little bit too fast. The narration and the slides that show users how to access Novelist both go by just a little bit too quickly.

Larkynn’s Library PSA:


Denver Public Library: Personalized Digital Reading Lists, We're Still Here for You




















*Please note, I am not in anyway associated with the Denver Public Library, however their Personalized Reading List is real! Check it out here: https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-news/dodie/we-think-you-need-some-personalized-service-right-now

References:

Denver Public Library. (2020). We Think You Need Some Personalized Service Right Now. Retrieved from https://www.denverlibrary.org/blog/books-library-news/dodie/we-think-you-need-some-personalized-service-right-now

Lamb, A. (2020). Lesson 11: Advertising and Sponsorship. [Class Handout]. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, S557 Marketing.

Merriam-Webster. (2020). Public Service Announcement. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public-service-announcement 

Pennsylvania State University. (2020). Public Service Announcement. Retrieved from https://mediacommons.psu.edu/2017/02/14/public-service-announcement/

Wikipedia. (2020). Public service announcement. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_service_announcement

Friday, March 27, 2020

Celebrating National Craft Month 2020


Okay, show of hands, how many of you are under a state mandated quarantine? 
Image from Pixabay: Kaz.

I hope you're all doing well. It's not easy being cooped up and feeling locked away from our support systems. Remember, you can always reach out to friends and family virutaly. Also, there are no rules about actually leaving the house. You're just not supposed to congregate and be within six feet of people you aren't already around on a daily basis inside your home. 
This means you're free to go for walks outside. Don't add to the feeling of cabin fever by being afraid of going outside!
Another way to help boost your mental health is to learn something knew. As March is National Craft Month, a new crafting hobby might be just your thing! I recently took up crochet --Okay, a coworker went on vacation and didn't tell me what her program was, nor that I was filling in for her, and I learned on the fly how to crochet a basic chain--and I've been hooked (pun intended) ever since.
There are some really neat projects you can make with crochet! Personally, I'm most interested in the cute little creatures referred to as Amigurumi. But I was super intimidated by the books I checked out from my library (patterns are super weird looking) and decided to just watch simple YouTube videos to teach me the basics.
With some yarn provided by one of the library patrons that taught me how to crochet, I've started a blanket for my daughter. It's a little crooked, and I missed a few stitches here and there, but I think she'll love it once it's finished. 


But if you're interested, here are a few of the other tutorials I've been watching and a couple of the projects I'm looking forward to starting!

B.Hooked Crochet & Knitting [Username]. (2018, April 5). How to Crochet in the Round: Starting Methods: Magic Ring, Chain Method. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7M133vWziI
Special Features:
YouTube provides closed captioning and the ability to slow down the playback speed (which makes it much easier to watch and attempt at the same time and requires less pausing and replaying). I also like that I can make the video full screen if I want to (which helps with the small details of crocheting). The video creator also lists several links in the video description that lead to a left-hand tutorial (which is very important with crochet! If you’re watching the wrong handed tutorial you will be lost. Trust me.), a full video guide on “crocheting in the round”, the creator’s blog and knitting channel.
Audience Recommendations:
This tutorial was created for beginning crocheters, and as a beginner, I feel that this is an adequate description. Crochet requires some honed fine motor skills and patience. I would recommend ages 8+ if they’re intended to use the tutorial to begin crocheting. However, I’m sure there are some younger kiddos that have what it takes! The video itself doesn’t have anything vulgar or inappropriate.
Comparison:
Crochet Guru [Username]. (2012, December 6). Crochet Magic Circle- Stitch Guide. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEq48ABHRZo&list=PLFNuxc-rxC7RMPLcjl_NGLXzq_cmRPuFR&index=3
I actually watched this video first and fumbled and fumbled. Eventually I ended up finding the video I used as the focus item for this because I really wanted to know how to make a magic ring and I simply couldn’t figure it out with this video. That’s not to say that this video is absolutely terrible. I really like the way this creator takes the time to explain what a magic ring is and why it’s used. She also has a section at the end that details tips for using the magic circle. She also shows you what the written Magic Circle Pattern looks like, which is important when you’re learning from a book or simply reading through a shared pattern.
Top Five Current Favorites:
1. Crochet Amigurumi Jellyfish (Quick & Easy!) Ideal for Beginners –okay so with this one, I haven’t watched it all the way through. I stopped when I realized that I didn’t know how to do the Magic Circle, but this is definitely a project I want to work on and learn how to make!

2. Crochet Amigurumi Jellyfish Keychain (SUPER FAST) Quick easy Crochet Project—I also haven’t watched this one all the way through either, but it’s a shorter (and of course smaller end product) or the first tutorial. I thought this one might be more digestible with a little one in the house.

3. How to crochet- Magic Ring (or Magic Circle) –this is another great tutorial for how to do create a Magic Ring. It’s only three minutes long and the creator does a great job of making her hand motions easy to follow and using key crochet terms so that viewers learn both the terms and the motions by watching this simple and short video!

4. How to Crochet -Easy beginners Amigurumi Whale Tutorial –This is another tutorial I would like to try!

5. 5 Tips For Improving Your Amigurumi –These are great tips, and I might look up this YouTube creator later for other projects.

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What crafty things have you been up to? 

Also, a special thank you to all of you still working to keep our community healthy, safe, and fed!


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