Hello Babies & Young Children!

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Tuesdays at the Pam Kirkpatrick Branch (Tottenham) is Baby Time at 2:00 pm 
and
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Lively Tales at 10:15 am.   
It’s free and drop-in! 
Come and join us!
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Book Review: Tulip Fever

Tulip Fever – by Deborah Moggach

TulipFeverMoggach’s novel is a lusciously told tale of lust, intrigue and sin in seventeenth century Amsterdam.  The author neatly weaves a suspenseful story set around “tulipmania” and famous Dutch painter Jan Van Loos. It’s told from the point of view of many characters, who display both modernity and tradition in their sometimes cringeworthy choices.  This is not just a romantic period drama. There is more to this novel than meets the eye. The plot dabbles in several themes including,  the tension between Protestantism and Catholicism, determinism versus free choice,  social climbing, as well as unattainable love.

Alix G.

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Technology Thursday

Learn to Love Your Tech Again

So this is to be my first bit of writing for the New Tecumseth Public Library Tech Assist Team’s contribution to the blog. (Wow that was a mouthful!) I guess I should discuss our upcoming seminar. It seems like a good place to start.

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Many of us have an old phone, tablet or laptop gathering dust somewhere in the house. It sits there waiting for us to try and decide its future. Do you recycle it, throw it out, and maybe reuse it?? This month the Tech Assist Team at New Tecumseth Public Library will be hosting a two-hour seminar titled Love Your Old Tech on February 21st. We will help to spark that old flame for your old tech toys and find new and exciting ways to use them.

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We will discuss topics such as a New Spark with an Old Phone, Computer Casanova, Tantalizing Tablets, Enchanting eReaders, and What to do with E-waste. So when your laptop is a 4-year old Windows 7 computer that has become a sluggish beast, and you’ve tried uninstalling as much as you could from it and it still runs like molasses in January, we can inform you how to fix it.

One of my favorite bloggers, Tanya Spydergrrl, once posted: “With the advent of smaller and smaller tech like MP3 players and smartphones, it’s easier to purchase devices with the intent of throwing them away, than to commit ourselves to making long term investments. At first blush, it might seem that software, operating systems, and processing capacity evolve quickly enough that it makes long-term hardware investments seem quaint. Like something the older generations might do.

But we are creating a disposable economy and — more importantly — a culture of waste.

Everything will eventually become obsolete but I’d rather think that when a piece of tech reaches obsolescence, it does so in its current form. Instead of throwing it away and pretending it no longer exists, we can use our creativity to see opportunity: to re-purpose it, give it new life, make it relevant and useful once more.”

RECYLING TechnologyI find these words far too true in my own life and constant “upgrades” in my every day carry (EDC) technology reflect this. On any average day I carry two or three tablets, a smartphone, and two mp3 players. This doesn’t include the tech I have at home that I am constantly using. I do my best to find new ways to revitalize what I have but the allure of the shiny new toy is hard to resist.

Well these are my musings for now. Hope to see you at the seminar.

Scott M.

New Tecumseth Public Library Tech Assist Team

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Food for Thought

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Word of the Week

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National Puzzle Week!

PuzzledIt’s National puzzle Week! Drop by the library to give our friends a hand (as they don’t really have hands) completing a puzzle!
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Friday Family Films: Lego Batman Movie

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The Memorial Branch (Alliston) will be showing the Lego Batman Movie this Friday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm.

Drop by to enjoy this fun free family-friendly event.

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Food for Thought

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Word of the Week

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Food for Thought

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