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10 things on my mind about covid-19

1. Wealthy urbanites are fleeing to their second homes -- buying out grocery stores, expecting personal shoppers and home delivery, swelling vacation towns' size to summer proportions. This is the epitome of the egocentric, classist arrogance that often pervades the United States.2. In India, a planned lockdown of more than a billion people is expected to leave millions dead of starvation. As people become desperate, there will inevitably be rioting, police shootings, and all forms of rampant vi...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, India, Canada, United States, Labour, Health Care, Loblaws, UFCW, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, We Like Lists, COVID-19, Brazil Pakistan Nigeria, Blogger Google


things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #31

One of the most frustrating and sad things we encounter at the library are people we can't help, who don't understand why we can't help them -- and who blame us. These are generally people with minimal or no digital literacy (i.e. tech skills).Here's a typical scenario. A customer cannot access their email account because they have forgotten their password. It's likely they changed the password at some point but don't remember doing that, so they're using the old password, or that they're typing...
Tags: Travel, Hotmail, Daniel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Poverty And Class, Daniel Blake


in which i reflect on many one-year anniversaries of a big life change

It's November. Here at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the days are getting mighty short. It's not cold -- most days still reach 9 or 10 C -- but the gray sky and low sun feel like winter.This time last year, everything was happening. I was buzzing with nervous energy -- making lists, organizing the cross-country move, preparing to leave my job, preparing to leave my life and start anew.Now, I feel a tremendous sense of calm and contentment.Next week begins all the "one year since". One y...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Canada, Ontario, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Moving To Bc, Life In A Small Town


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a writer for The New Yorker, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read The New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet r...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


"at your library" in the north island eagle: you can now borrow video games from your library

I am very pleased to announce that all Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches now offer video games! You can request and borrow games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.Video games are a great fit for the public library. You -- our customers -- want media. Whether you borrow DVDs, stream Kanopy, or listen to downloadable audiobooks, we want to help you access media. We believe our library services should reflect what our customers are interested in.Video games are for pl...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Nintendo, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, ESRB, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column


what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a writer for The New Yorker, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read The New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet r...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Allan, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It's been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don't. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Allan, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


"at your library" column in the north island eagle: let your reading take you someplace new

Let Your Reading Take You Someplace NewMany of you already appreciate the joys of reading. Reading transports us to other worlds and lets us vicariously experience other lives.Reading helps us feel less alone, knowing there are other people who struggle with the same issues we do.Reading helps us explore questions of ethics, morality, spirituality, politics, and culture.It’s been shown that people who read have more empathy and compassion than people who don’t. That makes sense, because when we ...
Tags: Travel, Reading, Graphic Novels, Anne Frank, Anne, George Takei, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Jarrett J Krosoczka, Wuthering Heights, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column, Dick Hamlet, Nel Yomtov Hey Kiddo


what i'm reading: the library book by susan orlean

I've been on a "books about books" run lately, beginning with Syria's Secret Library, then Robert Caro's Working, and now I'm finishing the wonderful The Library Book by Susan Orlean.Orlean is a New Yorker writer, which generally means excellent nonfiction. Her book about the canine movie star Rin Tin Tin has been on my List since it was published in 2011. Her 1998 book The Orchid Thief is considered a modern classic. (I read the New Yorker story that led to the book, but have not yet read the ...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Syria, History, Orleans, Los Angeles Public Library, Robert Caro, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Books About Books, Los Angeles Central Library, Orlean, Susan Orlean Orlean


laundromats, underground libraries, and criminal charges: a library link round-up

I have so many cool stories about libraries and librarians, scattered through multiple email and social media accounts. Lucky for you, I wanted to gather them all in one place. Thanks to everyone who ever sent me one of these.* * * * *Librarians in laundromats! Community librarians are all about taking literacy to the people. In library jargon, we're trying to reach the non-users. If that sounds a bit drug-dealer-ish, it's not a bad analogy: come get a taste, then come back for more.The puns jus...
Tags: Travel, Google, Congress, Washington Post, New York City, US, San Francisco, Syria, Chicago, Austin, Idaho, Socialism, New York Times, Reddit, Ohio, Philadelphia


in which i reflect on many one-year anniversaries of a big life change

It's November. Here at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the days are getting mighty short. It's not cold -- most days still reach 9 or 10 C -- but the gray sky and low sun feel like winter.This time last year, everything was happening. I was buzzing with nervous energy -- making lists, organizing the cross-country move, preparing to leave my job, preparing to leave my life and start anew.Now, I feel a tremendous sense of calm and contentment.Next week begins all the "one year since". One y...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Canada, Ontario, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Moving To Bc, Life In A Small Town


"at your library" in the north island eagle: you can now borrow video games from your library

I am very pleased to announce that all Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) branches now offer video games! You can request and borrow games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.Video games are a great fit for the public library. You -- our customers -- want media. Whether you borrow DVDs, stream Kanopy, or listen to downloadable audiobooks, we want to help you access media. We believe our library services should reflect what our customers are interested in.Video games are for pl...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Nintendo, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, ESRB, My Writing, VIRL, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, At Your Library" Column


"at your library" in the north island eagle: awil'gola open house: celebrate first nations communities at the library

On Thursday, October 24, the Port Hardy Library will host Awil'gola Open House, a celebration of local Indigenous cultures. Awil'gola is a Kwak'wala word loosely translated as "in celebration", "being with one another", or "all being together". We will be celebrating beautiful new Cultural Literacy Kits focusing on the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Kwak'wala-speaking peoples. At the Awil'gola Open House, we'll unveil and launch these new kits. Members of the Kwakiutl Nation will demonstrate button-blanket ...
Tags: Travel, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Potlatch, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Canadian Culture, Robert Munsch, Kwak, VIRL, Port Hardy Library, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Kwakiutl Nation, Gwa sala Nakwaxda dw School, Kwak wala Cultural Literacy Kits


"at your library" in the north island eagle: awil’gola open house: celebrate first nations communities at the library

On Thursday, October 24, the Port Hardy Library will host Awil’gola Open House, a celebration of local Indigenous cultures. Awil’gola is a Kwak’wala word loosely translated as “in celebration”, “being with one another,” or “all being together”. We will be celebrating beautiful new Cultural Literacy Kits focusing on the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. At the Awil’gola Open House, we’ll unveil and launch these new kits. Members of the Kwakiutl Nation will demonstrate button-blanket ...
Tags: Travel, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Potlatch, GWA, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Canadian Culture, Robert Munsch, VIRL, Port Hardy Library, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Kwakiutl Nation, Barbara Cranmer, Nakwaxda 'd w School


"at your library" in the north island eagle: computer help in port alice, woss... and everywhere

These days, basic computer skills are as essential as knowing how to boil water. Whether it’s sending an email, using Skype to chat with a grandchild, or taking care of banking, computers have great potential to make our lives easier. Sometimes, computer use is a necessity. When the residents of Port Alice learned that their bank branch was closing, many people realized they should learn how to bank online.But how are we expected to acquire these skills? Despite what you may hear, no one is born...
Tags: Travel, Skype, Lynda, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Woss, Community Centre, Port Alice, VIRL, Life In A Small Town, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Village of Port Alice the Library, Health Network, Port Alice Library, Community Hall Ask


"at your library" in the north island eagle: ahoy there, matey! you can learn how to talk like a pirate – plus lots of fun facts about real pirates – through free apps from your library

Can you talk like a pirate? September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a bit of fun invented by two friends in 1995 and spread around the globe via the internet. Typical “pirate-speak” are growly phrases like Arrr Matey, Avast Ye Landlubbers, and the ever-popular Shiver Me Timbers.What does this have to do with the Library, you ask? Good question! Pirate is one of 75 languages you can learn through Mango Languages, an amazing language-learning app. If you subscribed to Mango on your o...
Tags: Travel, National Geographic, Nat Geo, National Geographic Kids, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, National Geographic Kids National Geographic Kids, National Geographic Virtual Library


"at your library" in the north island eagle: come play and learn!

We're celebrating Christmas early here at the Port Hardy Library – and Port McNeill, Port Alice, and Sointula Libraries, too. We're so excited to unwrap wonderful new supplies for the community to enjoy in our libraries.For children, we have a new selection of wooden puzzles, showing animals, shapes, "things that go" (always a hit), and the alphabet. Kids love puzzles – and parents and caregivers should love them, too. It's amazing how many skills children develop when they play with puzzles.Puz...
Tags: Travel, UNO, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Port Alice, Life In A Small Town, Port Hardy Library, Port McNeill Port Alice, Sointula Libraries


"at your library" in the north island eagle: did you know your library is steam-powered?

Your library is STEAM-powered.STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. But STEAM is much more than those five subjects. It’s an approach to education and learning. STEAM is a way of looking at the world around us, discovering how things work, and working together to create.STEAM activities use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math to promote discovery. A STEAM program doesn’t ask you to memorize a list or a chart. STEAM learning happens by doing – tinkering, wor...
Tags: Travel, Lego, Lynda, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL


picket lines, pupdates, and the 51st parallel: 10 things on my mind

It's been a while.1. Mom went home.My mom went home two weeks ago, after spending seven weeks here. I was sad to see her go! We had a great time, and it got better as we went along and settled into a routine. The dogs must especially miss her. They loved to hang out in her room, and she adored them.2. I took union training. I was in Nanaimo this week, participating in some training with my union, the BCGEU. I had three days of courses, plus a full day of travel each way, so I was gone for the w...
Tags: Travel, Dogs, Personal, Egypt, Labour, Port, Allan, North Island, Cookie, McNeill, Vancouver Island, Denali National Park, Nanaimo, Stephanie Smith, Port Hardy, Laura K


"at your library" in the north island eagle: dreaming of streaming... at the library

If you have internet access at home, you are in for a treat. The Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) has several high-quality streaming services. You can listen to audiobooks, watch movies and documentaries, learn skills – and learn about the world – by streaming or downloading on your own devices. And since you access these services through the library, they are all free. Kanopy This is the premiere Canadian streaming service. Kanopy offers an enormous variety of independent films, forei...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Cannes, Amazon Fire, Murdoch, ACORN, Indieflix, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Kanopy, Sundance Tribeca, VIRL, RB Digital, Vancouver Island Regional Library VIRL, Acorn TV IndieFlix IndieFlix


"at your library" in the north island eagle: life lessons are found in all kinds of stories

At Your Library: What Should Your Child Read? “All my son wants to read are comics!” “I don’t approve of those zombie or vampire books. Kids should read something more uplifting and educational.” “Do comic books count as reading?” “My daughter reads those ‘world record’ books. I want her to read nice stories.” At the library, we hear these questions all the time from parents and caregivers asking about their children’s reading habits. Maybe you are a parent or grandparent who fi...
Tags: Travel, Wizards, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing


"at your library" in the north island eagle: is your child ready to read?

In our local paper.At Your Library: Is Your Child Ready to Read?Kindergarten is a child’s introduction to school – but your children’s education begins long before they ever set foot in a classroom. At The Library: Is Your Child Ready to Read?Teachers and librarians talk about something called “reading readiness”. A child who is ready to read begins kindergarten set up for success. A child who doesn’t have reading readiness may begin school already struggling. Here’s another way to look at it. C...
Tags: Travel, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Life In A Small Town


"at your library" in the north island eagle: your library card: hidden treasure

I'm writing a library column for the local newspaper! I'm really excited about it. Everyone reads this free paper, so a column is an amazing opportunity to promote our services. It's also a fun writing challenge, to strip away the library jargon, appeal to a wide audience, and quickly write 500-ish words.I've decided to post the columns here, too. Here's the first one.* * * *At Your Library: Your Library Card: Hidden TreasureThis is the first column highlighting what's happening at your local br...
Tags: Travel, North Island, Lynda, Haida Gwaii, Tofino, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Writing, Sooke, Vancouver Island Regional Library, VIRL, Life In A Small Town, Port Alice Port Hardy Port McNeill Sointula, Kathy O Reilly


things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #30

At the Port Hardy Library, we've been hosting visits from the local First Nations school, from the the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Nations. (That is pronounced GWA-sala Nak-wah-da.) The children have been absolutely lovely, and although my contact with them is brief, I'm enjoying it so much.It's especially wonderful to have the tweens and teens in the library, which is a change for our library. We've been working on digital literacy, which I've made into a bingo game. (Librarians will turn anything int...
Tags: Travel, Art, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, GWA, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Gila, Port Hardy Library, Gwa sala Nakwaxda, Gwa sala Nakwaxda xw School, New York City The Door


my first island off the island: a brief stop in sointula

This week I drove down to Port McNeill -- about 30 minutes away, and the home of one of my libraries -- and took the ferry to Malcolm Island, to visit another of my libraries, in the town of Sointula. I traveled with a co-worker who does programming and support work in our zone's libraries and communities. She's a great person and an awesome library worker, and we're doing all my first site visits together.We stepped off the ferry and into Coho Joe, a local haunt. No sooner did we walk through t...
Tags: Travel, New York, Alaska, New Jersey, Vancouver, North Island, Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, Salish Sea, Nanaimo, Gulf Islands, Strait of Georgia, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, Port McNeill, Haida


home at last: three days between the end of training and the start of work

I am so happy to be home! I got home late Friday night and on Saturday gave myself a full day off from all devices.My last few days of training were very interesting. I went back to Nanaimo for an all-day meeting for professional staff -- regular librarians, next-step-up librarians such as me, managers, and system executives. To my delight, this meeting was followed by an annual union meeting, the BCGEU local of which I am now a member. Both meetings were very interesting and positive.The librar...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Union, Allan, North Island, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, CUPE, Moving To Bc


week two of training and counting days to go home

It was wonderful to have Allan and Diego with me this weekend. The weather was "cold" -- cold for the island, between -2 and +3 C -- and wet, and I wasn't prepared for that, so we didn't do a lot. We went to Ideal Cafe twice, a famous local haunt with amazing breakfasts, now a must for all Campbell River outings. (I can also recommend SoCal Restaurant, in Willow Point.)We drove down the coast, which was wild and windswept, and very beautiful. And we read, and watched a few episodes of a new seri...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Allan, Diego, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, My Working Life


training continues: another perspective on the lovely island

I've decided to stop referring to my new employer by its full name. The communications director already casually mentioned that he read one of my recent blog posts, because it came up in his daily media sweep. It was a very positive post, and he kept the conversation very light and jokey. But I can read between the lines. I'd rather not continue to come up in searches. And I'd rather not censor myself.I've heard from senior management that this system has been, for a long time, a story of haves ...
Tags: Travel, Island, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian