Reader’s Advisory: Documentaries Worth Watching [PEOPLE]

Documentaries are one of my favorite kinds of films to watch! This is a non-exhaustive list of docs recommended by myself and some of my fellow librarians. My personal faves will be marked with a *.

Reader’s Advisory: Documentaries Worth Watching [PLACES/HISTORY]

Documentaries are one of my favorite kinds of films to watch! This is a non-exhaustive list of docs recommended by myself and some of my fellow librarians. My personal faves will be marked with a *.

Programming Idea [TECHNOLOGY]: Online Self Defense

The Lebanon (New Hampshire) Public Library has been offering a series of classes on personal digital security. Considering how many patrons I’ve helped over the years that “didn’t have a password” or used “1234” or “password” (which always cracks me up, but still!), I think these classes are a GENIUS idea.

The classes have five levels of expertise, beginning with White Belt (avoiding malware and phishing schemes, choosing better passwords, and installing anti-virus software), and going up to Black Belt (high-level online identity protection and Tor encryption protocols).

This is an extremely well prepared curriculum, which can be used for all ages from teens to seniors. I think it would be best for those patrons who are not “digital natives,” but I think everyone can use refreshers on security actions about which we may have become lazy.

Lebanon Public Library’s Online Self Defense Courses

Article of Interest: “These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books”

Via Atlas Obscura:

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[[Tattoo of Death, Choose Your Own Adventure #22, as mapped out by Chooseco]]

In celebration of Children’s Literature Week, Atlas Obscura takes a closer look at ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books. I have to admit, I loved these as a child – and I always wanted to figure out how they were designed and how many endings were possible. After reading this article, it became clear to me that these mini-novels were far more intricate than I ever imagined! The visualizations of the paths and decision points are rather beautiful. Tattoo of Death, as shown in the above image, is rather simple in comparison to some of the other stories, but fascinating nonetheless.

Programming Idea [CRAFTS]: The Kindness Rocks Project

Painting rocks isn’t anything new as a craft, but I really like the idea of The Kindness Rocks Project. Rocks are painted with inspirational, encouraging, or just fun messages and images, and then hidden (mostly in plain sight) around your town or library for people to find. I think it could make an excellent passive program for patrons of all ages, and doesn’t require a lot of expensive materials – just rocks, acrylic paints, and paintbrushes.

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Reader’s Advisory: Documentaries Worth Watching [ANIMALS/SCIENCE/NATURE]

Documentaries are one of my favorite kinds of films to watch! This is a non-exhaustive list of docs recommended by myself and some of my fellow librarians. My personal faves will be marked with a *.

Programming Idea [CRAFTS]: Corner Bookmarks

These are so cute! Via Easy Peasy & Fun:

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I love these little monsters! The origami is really straightforward, and they are so easily customizable. The supply costs would be pretty low as well, just multi-colored paper packs, scissors, markers, and glue sticks.

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Technology Tips: Chrome Extensions for Accessibility

Via Control Alt Achievement:

This article lists 21 great Chrome extensions that can be used to extend accessibility for library users. Although it was written with students specifically in mind, I think many of these extensions can work for library users of all ages.

Personal favorites:

  • BeeLine Reader – transforms webpages by removing distracting ads and images, and also changes text with a color gradient that helps keep lines readable.
  • High Contrast – changes the backgrounds of webpages to increase contrast or change to grayscale. I love being able to change the backgrounds/font colors on my Kindle for better readability, and having this extension means you can do it for all webpages as well.
  • Click-Free Browsing – for people who are having trouble clicking a mouse or trackpad button. As a former caregiver for a Parkinson’s patient, this extension would have been amazing for her!