Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017: National Haiku Day

Today is National Haiku day. To celebrate, here are a few literary and library-themed Haiku poems for your enjoyment. Don't forget to stop by the front desk at either library branch and submit a Haiku of your own until April 24th for a chance to win a prize!

Can you guess which works of fiction belong to each Haiku below?

1.
In a world of screens
true knowledge is forbidden.
The books must be burned.
 
2.
Evil ring of gold
uniting elves and mankind-
the test of friendship.
 
3.
Blinded by ego,
acting arrogant and cruel
yet falling in love
 
4.
One child, no husband
Judgment is the color red
Sins will be revealed
 
5.
Returning from war
stranded with a goddess fair
a Greek hero waits
 
6.
A nosy houseguest
asks about dead Catherine.
Heathcliff is haunted.
 
7.
A plain governess
loves the master of the house.
Fear the madwoman.
 
8.
Reanimation:
knowledge at the cost of love.
Meddling scientist...
 
 
And one for the library...
 
 
Afterlife of trees,
caldera of creation-
a whole universe.
 

Did you guess all of the Haiku above? Are you stumped? Let us know!
Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Show Hole

There is nothing worse than being stuck in a show hole. You start a new show and fall in love with every minute of every episode. When it is over, there is this feeling of overwhelming despair. The shows listed below are long - running favorites that are currently still airing new episodes.

ER - 15 Seasons

NCIS - 14 Seasons

Grey's Anatomy - 13 Seasons

Bones - 12 Seasons

Criminal Minds - 12 Seasons

Supernatural - 12 Seasons

Modern Family - 8 Seasons

Vampire Diaries - 8 Seasons

Blue Bloods - 7 Seasons

Posted by Selena Rivera, Library Clerk

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February: National Heart Health Month 2017

February may be a month with cold and chilly weather, but it's a hot season for dieting and exercise. Don't mistake flutters and missed heartbeats for love - this month is National Heart Health Month. We've got FREE programs and a list of some FREE exercise apps to help you keep your heart healthy this winter, so check out a few of our suggestions:

 
At the Library:
 
Meditation
Every Saturday @ Blum House
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
No registration needed!

Yoga Time (16+)
Every Monday @ Blum House 
(Starting Monday, February 13)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
No registration needed!

Family Yoga
Every Thursday @ Collinsville Library's Children's Floor
(Starting February 16)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
No registration needed!


Free Apps:
*The library is not affiliated with or officially sponsoring any of these free apps. This list exists to share with patrons who are interested in free exercise apps and to promote technology literacy. Some of these apps may have paid extras, but all apps on the list have a free basic app. The Collinsville Library is not responsible for any issues regarding the apps or any other device-related problems.

Some of these apps were pulled from this article: The 39 Best Health and Fitness Apps of 2016


MyFitnessPal
 
This free app includes a food diary to track calories, a pie chart showing your daily balance of Fats, Carbs, and Proteins, the ability to save "meals" that are regularly eaten, and a comprehensive, editable list of the nutrition content of almost any food in grocery stores.  (Computer link - MyFitnessPal ) You can also track how much water you drink and exercise sessions with this app.
 
Tip: When adding a food, search the name in the search bar -  example "Hellman Mayonnaise" - you don't have to add in the  nutrition info of Mayonnaise yourself! Search for the correct information that has already been put into the app first.
 

Sworkit

This free app for iOS and Android devices creates semi-customizable workouts for its users. Pick from types of workouts (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and how much time you have (5 minutes to 1 hour) and the app generates moves to follow for the duration of the workout. The premium subscription offers more personalization, but as a basic app, this is a highly rated app to try if you want to use technology to track workout sessions.


Spotify Running
 
Spotify has a new feature that allows you to run at your own pace. With the "Running" feature, you can select a genre of music or a time of day for your run (for example, an "evening run," or a seasonal, brisk "spring run") and select "Start Run." Once you start running, this app selects music to match your pace. With the free basic app, it picks the music for you within the genre you choose. To choose which song or artist you specifically want, you'll need to get the paid app subscription.

Tip: It took me a few minutes to find the run feature at first! You can find it by searching 'running' in the search bar or under Browse, which pulls up a list of music genres. Scroll down and select "Running."


And finally, for fans of gaming and/or zombies,


Zombies, Run!
Are you convinced you could outrun Zombies and survive an apocalypse? This app may interest you. This app combines exercise and gaming with interactive missions. Your running missions unlock valuable items for the included game. The coolest feature of this game is that you can control whether or not there are zombie noises based upon your speed in the missions. If that's too scary or distracting, the feature can be turned off.
 
The basic app includes one season of free running missions and the in-app game. For more seasons of running, check out the in-app paid subscription (or wait until February 17th, when more seasons are scheduled to become unlocked with the free app). 

Tip: This app DOES work on treadmills. (This librarian knows from experience!)
 Other users say it works on bicycles too.


Have any suggestions or recommendations for fitness apps or heart health programs? Let us know!
Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Great Computer Lab Update

If you stop by the Collinsville library branch, you'll notice a few things have changed. As of January 17, 2017, a library card is needed to log in when using a computer in the lab. Guest passes for those who do not have a library card are available at the desk in the lab.

In honor of this tech update, here are a few important technology milestones in history:


February 15, 1946: The existence of ENIAC, the first computer, is revealed to the public.


1966: Xerox releases the Magnafax Telecopier, the first standard fax machine to send faxes over a telephone line. It could send a one page document over a phone line in about 6 minutes.


1973: The first successful call made from a cellular phone occurs, with a Motorola phone.


1975: Calculators, which had only existed for five years, were adapted into the cigarette pack sized models seen today. The price dropped beneath $100 for the first time and the cheapest model finally sold for under $20. This forced many other calculator companies out of business. (Trivia fact: Teachers and professors tried to have the calculators banned, "or else no one will learn how to do math."


1977: Apple releases the Apple II, at which point the sales of personal computers take off (including other companies' personal computers).


May 1978: ARPANET sends the first spam email to 300+ people.
(If you're interested in reading it, check it out here.)


April 1981: The first laptop, the Osborne 1, is released.
1983: Dynix Library automation software is released. (One of the first popular digital book checkout and cataloguing systems


August 6, 1991: The Internet is launched for the public by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.


1994: Bluetooth technology was developed, but did not spread much until cell phones were common.


December 3, 1994: The original Playstation (1) was released.



November 15, 2001: The original Xbox was released by Microsoft.


July 2003: The insanely popular flip cellphone, Motorola Razr, was released. (You were cool if you had one in my generation....as fourth graders.)




November 19, 2006: The Wii was released.


June 29, 2007: The first iPhone was released after announced in January by Steve Jobs of Apple.




January 2017: The Collinsville Public Library in Illinois has library card logins added to the desktop computers in the lab.

Let us know if you found this timeline interesting!
Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk

Monday, January 02, 2017

New Year's Vote: 2017

To ring in the new year, we asked our staff to vote on our favorite funny commercials leading up to 2017.  (Note: click the linked name to open the YouTube video for each commercial.)


Here are our nominees:


Nolan Cheese: Mouse
Heinz: Stampede
Snickers: Marilyn
Temptation: Keep them busy
Geico: Raccoons
Superbowl: Invisible Mindy
Allstate: Mayhem Jogger
Doritos: Time Machine
Blockbuster: Click the Mouse
 
 
Winners:
 
3rd place:
 
 
2nd place:
 
 
 

WINNER:

 
 
Thanks for your participation, staff! Here's to a good new year, 2017.
 
Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk.