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Guess the Librarian Winner Week 3

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Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and a bunch of area businesses, we have gift cards for our Guess the Librarian participants. Every time local participants guess correctly, their name will go into a weekly drawing.

  • Week Three Winner: Marissa Erdman

Winners can expect an email within the week with details. Thanks for playing and see you next week for more guessing fun!

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Book Spine Poetry

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April is National Poetry Month. On our Instagram, we’ll be posting book spine poetry throughout the month to celebrate. Tag us if you decide to create some spine poetry of your own!

And for some extra poetry fun, test your skills with this quiz from Book Riot and see if you can tell the difference between Romantic era poets and boy band lyrics.

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Cloud Gazing and Other Imaginative Things

20190901_132845I often see things that aren’t really there.

My bathroom ceiling has a swirly pattern that when viewed just right looks like boot prints hiking across a mountain trail.

My nightstand light casts shadows over the globes and blades of my ceiling fan that look like an angel taking flight.

I see schooners in the clouds and animals in the moss on a log. And no, I’m not hallucinating. I have what is called apophenia, also dubbed “patternicity” in the psychological world. 

This dubious gift allows my brain to perceive patterns in random data. I share it with many authors who tout apophenia as a secret weapon in writing, allowing us to connect events, clues, and characters in unique and satisfying ways. It’s probably why I’m seldom surprised by who-dunnits–an uncanny attribute my hubby hates when watching movies with me.

Fortunately, I’m often surprised and delighted by nearly everything in the physical world around me. Like my pre-covid stroll through a gardening department which turned an innocent cactus into an icon of spring.

Thanks to a heightened form of apophenia–or pareidolia, meaning “wrong image”–and a few photoshopped dots, the Easter Bunny has arrived!

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sending you and yours warm wishes~ jody

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Guess the Librarian Winners Weeks 1 & 2

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Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and a bunch of area businesses, we have gift cards for our Guess the Librarian participants. Every time local participants guess correctly, their name will go into a weekly drawing.

  • Week One Winner: Billie Brock
  • Week Two Winner: Linda Schulze

Winners can expect an email within the week with details. Thanks for playing and see you next week for more guessing fun!

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Take a Peep

Starting Monday, we’ll play another round of Guess the Librarian on Facebook, the Peeps Show Edition. Here are some Peeps Show examples, several made with an assist from students’ Astronomy projects.

All the librarians created dioramas based on books or movies using Peeps. You can guess what book or movie our scenes came from and who made it. Each correct answer will be entered into a drawing for a gift card from a local business purchased by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. This drawing is open to Pipestone locals only (Sorry Dad!).

If you’re inspired to make your own Peeps Show dioramas share them with us on social media or email us at meinders@pas.k12.mn.us.

-Emily

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Revisit Some Oldies

We generally think books when we talk about classics. That said, movies and Broadway shows also live long in our hearts, as well as on the stage/screen.

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Two such performances happened on This Day in History:

  • The 1943 Broadway Premiere of “Okalahoma!”
  • The release of “The Matrix” in theaters in 1999

My favorite event that happened on this date was a letter written by Abigail Adams to her husband, John Adams, dated March 31, 1776. In this correspondence, the future First Lady advocated for an America free from English constraints, as well as women’s freedom from the control of their husbands.

You can check out this great biography from the library or stop by the ever informative and always fascinating website This Day in History. When people wonder why I have so much useless information stored up in my head, I blame credit websites like this.

keep reading, keep washing, and keep learning~ jody

p.s. this is a great book for those middle school students who need to read a biography for class. For other literary recommendations, your hometown librarian is a phone call away.

 

 

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We can all use a little Pooh

Words of Wisdom from the World’s Smartest Bear

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Click here to let Winnie the Pooh brighten your day.

Today I am thankful for healthcare workers and emergency workers who put their lives at risk to save others. I am also greatly appreciative of our local and state officials who have the difficult job of balancing the immediacy of today with the unknown needs of tomorrow. During these trying times, I am proud to be a Minnesotan.

stay happy, stay safe~ jody