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FREE to a good home…

Posted on April 6th, 2011 by Mickie.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Events.

As part of WPL’s Pet Week April 11-16, we will be making adorable and lovable pet rocks in the teen room on Tuesday April 12 from 4-5pm.

Who says a dog is man’s best friend? Celebrate Pet Week in the teen room by making your own huggable, lovable pet rock! No need to house-train this pet and no need to take it on any annoying walks! We’ll provide the rock and craft supplies, you supply the love.


A Man, A Can(dle), a Plan…

Posted on March 16th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books, Random Fun.

I just read (hat tip to Ypulse for the link!) that a teen boy from our very own Ohio has invented “manly” scented candles. Now, I’m not a dude myself, but I do turn up my nose at a flowery candle, so this caught my interest. Do you think you’d prefer a scented candle if it smelled like Pizza or Grandpa’s Pipe?

I thought this might interest those of you who are researching famous Ohioans right now — or anyone who enjoys fancying up your room!


We’re newsworthy!

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Events.

Did you guys see the write-up on our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party in The Columbus Dispatch? Mickie was quoted, and pics were taken! Woo hoo! Thanks to all who came and enjoyed this unique party. If you missed it, fear not — coming right up are Duct Tape Diversions and Make Your Own Pet Rock!


Google Art Project

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Web sites to watch.

Have you guys heard about this?! Google recently launched Art Project, which lets you see artwork at museums worldwide, in incredible close-up detail. You can even “create and share your own collection of masterpieces”! And — this is my favorite part — 17 pieces have been photographed in a 7 billion pixel (or gigapixel) version. 7 billion pixels!!! In real museums you can’t get that close to a famous old painting, in case you sneeze or breath on it. But this way, you can pore over every brush stroke.

This Visitor’s Guide video will show you the ropes:


Look familiar?

Posted on October 28th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books, Teen Volunteers.

Imagine my excitement when super-awesome Teen Volunteer Michaela tagged me in her pumpkin-carving photo on Facebook! Guess which book was her inspiration!!


Personalize your computer with Naruto

Posted on October 4th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books, Web sites to watch.

Are you a Naruto fan? Alert librarian Mickie spotted this cool Naruto desktop customization set — so every time you’re on the computer, you can show off your fandom :)

And of course, check out the library’s Naruto selection while you’re at it!


^ This fall one is perfect for October!


Arts fest this weekend!

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Events.

This weekend is the Westerville Music and Arts Festival! I’ve gone every year since I’ve worked in Westerville, and it’s always a great time: good music, amazing artwork, and plenty of chances to sit in the sun with a lemonade and (my personal favorite) funnel cake. :) And did you know that some of our local artists have artwork you can check out from the library?! It’s true!

Anyone planning on going? Maybe I’ll see you there!


Secret message?

Posted on April 16th, 2009 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Guest blogger.

Guest blogger preetycrazybabe shares the following tidbit (thanks for sharing!):

Did you know that the FedEx logo has an arrow in it? Try to find it!

FedEx logo


Jacket Whys

Posted on December 8th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books.

Ms. Yingling left a comment on our post “Judge a book by its cover,” pointing out this really cool site: Jacket Whys.

Jacket Whys is a blog about Children’s and YA book covers, written by a librarian who is a former graphic designer. Take a look! What do you think about some of the patterns this blogger sees in book cover design?



Fantasy = circles?


TGIF Minute Mysteries

Posted on October 24th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books, Events, Minute Mysteries, Movies, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

After a looooong break (sorry about that!), the Friday Minute Mysteries are back!

A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink. The bartender pulls out a gun and points it at him. The man says, “Thank you,” and walks out.

What happened? Leave a comment with your theory!

(If you happen to be old enough to remember the last mystery I posted (yeah, it was a while back), the answer is: The room is the ballroom of a sunken ocean liner. The rays are manta rays. The man ran out of air while scuba diving in the shipwreck. al guessed it! Go, al!)


World’s Smallest Postal Service

Posted on October 15th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Random Fun, Words & Writing.

Check it out — with the World’s Smallest Postal Service, you write a short letter (up to 6 sentences), and it will be transcribed onto tiny stationary and put into a teeny, tiny envelope! It costs a little more than a stamp, but still, imagine getting one in the mail!

World's Smallest Postal Service



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Duct tape prom

Posted on March 10th, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Fashion, Random Fun, Web sites to watch.

Duct tape couple

Duck brand Duct Tape has a “Stuck at Prom” scholarship contest, and %2008′s just began! Check out the past entries and the rules, then let your creativity loose!

For me, the most amazing part is a) all the colors (neon green?!), and b) making a guy’s suit out of tape!!


Pencil Art – not like you’d expect!!

Posted on February 22nd, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Random Fun.

Seethe (pencil art)

If you haven’t seen Jennifer Maestre’s pencil art, take a look! It’s definitely NOT “drawing with pencils”! These are the kind of sculptures I want to touch and avoid at the same time.

What do you think? Have you seen any other cool art made from something ordinary (maybe gummi bears)?


Maximum Ride: manga version

Posted on February 21st, 2008 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Books.

Have you heard that Yen Press is going publish a manga version of James Patterson’s popular Maximum Ride series?

“I am completely over the moon that Max’s story will be told in manga editions,” said Patterson. “I can’t imagine a more visual tale than this one. Truly, this is Max taken to the max.”

Thanks to Jordan for the heads-up!

Would you read a manga version of Max, or are you faithful to the original? The fourth book, The Final Warning, comes out on March 17! Reserve your copy today!

Final Warning cover


Sand Beasts.

Posted on October 10th, 2007 by Becky.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness, Random Fun.

This video will blow your mind. It’s one of those see-it-to-believe it kind of things. Artist/engineer Theo Jansen makes his “sand beasts” out of plastic pipe and things he finds on the beach. They move on their own using wind power: science fiction in real life. This ain’t your father’s tinker toys!

Read more about Theo Jansen from NPR and Wired.