"We are all copywriters now."

Posted by on Thursday, Sep 1, 2011 - 12:36 PM

We cannot leave it to the copywriters anymore. In the world of tweets and twitters, we are all copywriters. I just read a very helpful and interesting  book which lays out some principles of the shrinking messages we find ... and send... everywhere these more

Cake Wrecks

Posted by JainaL on Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009 - 11:49 PM

meredith o. - ow - monster.jpgAutumnGreeting.jpgIf you haven't checked out the website CakeWrecks yet, you should do so immediately. Better yet, we have author Jen Yate's new Cake Wrecks book at the library! What is a "cake wreck" you ask? Yates defines it as "any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places." Some cakes are creepy, some are misspelled, some are unappetizing, and some are just plain wrong. But, they are all hilarious.

Food, Internet

2009: The Year of... Bacon

Posted by JainaL on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009 - 10:19 PM

Whether you're a foodie, a casual fan of Top Chef, or you've simply been conscious this year, you've probably noticed the popularity of a certain food: BACON. I'm not just talking about the food itself... Bacon seems to have become a sort of icon. I've seen it all over the place, and not just on top of burgers or on the sides of breakfast plates. read more

Weezer Snuggie

Posted by JainaL on Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009 - 9:26 PM

I am loving this. I'm a Slanket owner myself, but everybody knows that the Snuggie has the better (and cheesier) ads. Weezer has been around since I was a teenager and has always been known for making unique and funny videos. Does anybody else remember their amazing "Buddy Holly" video? Fun fact: that video was directed by Spike Jonze, who directed the new movie adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. Anyway, at first I thought the commercial was a joke, but if you visit their website, you can actually purchase your very own Weezer Snuggie. There is even a deluxe "Safari" Snuggie that comes in a zebra print. They have really taken the joke to a (comfy) new level.

* Edit: The record company seems to have taken the link to the YouTube video down for some reason. I have posted a new one above, but who knows if this one will be taken down as well! If for some reason, the above video fails, try searching YouTube for "Weezer Snuggie," and maybe you'll find another link?

Level 26

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Sep 18, 2009 - 9:10 PM

level26l.jpgI stumbled upon this book while I was walking around the library today and while it isn't officially a "teen" book, I thought it was still worth drawing attention to. Level 26: Dark Origins is written by the creator and executive producer of the show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. What is particularly cool about it is that it is an interactive digi-novel. Although you can read the book as a traditional thriller, about every 20 pages, there are web links to videos on the book's website that bring the characters to life and extend the story. I haven't seen an interactive book like this since I was a kid and was obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure novels. Check it out and let me know what you think!


The Moon Landing

Posted by JainaL on Monday, Jul 20, 2009 - 7:28 PM

I thought that Slate Magazine did a great job of poking fun at what the moon landing might look like if it were covered by today's media. Enjoy!


School Lunches From Around the World

Posted by JainaL on Monday, Jun 8, 2009 - 7:37 PM


Love it or hate it, everybody has eaten school lunch. But have you ever been curious about what school lunches are like in other places? Today I stumbled upon this website in which people have submitted photos of school lunches from around the world. Above, I have posted a picture of a school lunch from France, which has a cup of steamed mussels and a whole artichoke. Pretty fancy, huh? I like seeing the juxtaposition of the American meals, containing tater tots and chicken nuggets, next to the Asian meals, which contain tofu-based soups and whole fish, sitting right there on the trays. It is an interesting set of photos to scroll through.

Audiobooks for IPod!

Posted by JainaL on Friday, May 29, 2009 - 4:32 PM

ipodbook.jpgGreat news! Those of us who use IPods can now take advantage of the Library's NetLibrary service! NetLibrary has added 700 titles that are IPod compatible, just in time for summer reading! The audiobook files last for three weeks- similar to the circulation on a library book- except that you can download them from the convenience of your home computer. All you need to register for a NetLibrary account is your library card number. You can get started by visiting here. If you have questions or problems, you can always contact the reference desk at 291-4840 or ref [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.



Posted by JainaL on Monday, May 4, 2009 - 10:24 PM

babybear.jpgI've found my new favorite website: This website is updated daily with the latest newborn animals at zoos and aquariums from around the world! Check out the adorable baby Guinea Hogs that were just born at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. SO CUTE.

The White House on Facebook

Posted by JainaL on Friday, May 1, 2009 - 10:30 PM

whitehouse.jpgProving further that President Obama is truly in touch with the younger generation, the White House has launched a Facebook page. If you become a fan of the White House, you get all the official updates directly from the source, including information about swine flu. It's always nice to get a little "real" news in between all the updates from your friends about what music they're listening to or what they've been eating for lunch.