Rachael Rounds Up

Okay. First up, here’s a confession – it’s been two months since my last round-up. Be kind – there was an earthquake, and then I moved house, then I assistant directed a very successful children’s play, then I got a pet duckling, and then I got a shiny new cellphone to play with! Yeah, I’m not buying it either. Without any further ado, here’s what’s been keeping me entertained online…




Just Plain Cool!

And finally…
…because that’s what it’s all about.



Need a break from the daily grind?  Never fear, the girls from Trolleyed are here!  Grab your coffee, and click away on some of these links.  But please, if you do discover some belly button fluff while you are navel gazing, keep it to yourself.  One librarian in the Guinness Book of Records for that particular collection is more than enough.

And remember that comments are love…..show the love people!


Here are a couple of innovative ideas for bringing the library to the people.  What are your thoughts?  Reckon it’d work at the local Countdown?

Books & language

  • Out of Print Clothing – if you don’t want to go as far as the tattoo (see above) – you could just buy the t-shirt.  My personal fave is the Pride & Prejudice t-shirt.

Fun & cool stuff

  • I love this literal movie trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – be careful Harry!

Source: A Fuse #8 Production

O is for awesome.

Use it in a sentence: What do you get when you cross Grover with Old Spice Guy? An awesome video…

True Blood meets Sesame Street – what’s not to love?  It does seem to be missing a certain something.  Oh, I know – Eric.

An excellent article by Dr Joyce Valenza Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians 

The article is aimed at school libraries and librarians, but the points raised apply to all libraries, and should be required reading for all of us.  Your thoughts?  Comments?  How well do we measure up?

Thanks to the Bright Ideas blog for this link.

A lot has happened in our little corner of the world since our last post.  Thankfully, we are all still here, safe and sound, and I think we all have a new-found respect for Mother Nature.

The trolley sustained very little damage – my life-size cardboard cut-out of Jensen Ackles fell over, and the glass broke in Rachael’s photo of Angelo, but other than that – all is well.  We have restocked our emergency kit, refilled the large plastic containers with wine, replenished the supplies of chocolate and we are ready to rock on!  Hmmm, maybe a bad choice of words.

Contrary to popular opinion on my Facebook page, I have found time to look at other things on the interweb other than www.geonet.org.nz.  Here are some goodies for you, to take your mind off the aftershocks.

Science & environment
Books and reading


What I would like to know is how on earth do you first find out that you are really talented at creating tiny little sculptures on a pencil tip?


Fun stuff


Library – The Game!

Ooh, look what I just found on my LISNews feed! Order in the Library is an online game in which you pretend you’re a library assistant.

So, if you get the need to shelf-check but you’re at home and your bookshelf is already in pristine order, now you can do it in virtual reality! Or, if RFID means we really won’t be doing any more returns, you can always turn to this game to get your fix.

You get certificates as you complete each level. Maybe we should hold a staff competition?