Pinterest + Summer Reading = SO MANY IDEAS!

So hey – are you on Pinterest yet? You really ought to be! It’s turning into an amazing collaboration between every librarian everywhere – I have so many ideas for this summer reading I literally have no idea which ones to use.

This is just a PIECE of my summer reading board

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…lots zombies & stars & everything glow-in-the-dark! It’s going to be a great summer even if the slogan is dumb. No, I’m still not over it.

What I love about Pinterest, as opposed to other bookmarking sites, is that because it’s all visual, it inspires to think beyond what’s being offered. Prior to this, I’d bookmark something, but by the time the program came around, I usually completely forgot about that great thing I found six months ago. Now, I see something, & about a million different ways I could use it goes off in my head, & it’s so much easier to plan things! & because you can organize into little boards, I’ve got each program separated along with miscellaneous boards, & I can visit & see all my ideas every time I work on a program. Love it!

It is still invite-only, but if you throw out to Facebook “I need a Pinterest invite!” I can practically guarantee you’ll get about seven people offering them to you. I had people coming out of the woodwork to give me mine!

Impossible mazes…

Despite being surrounded by fascinating books of all kinds, as well as computers which seem to be their lifeblood, I think we’ve all heard this from teens:

“I’m booooored.”

I usually sigh, look at them with pity, remind them “you’re in a library!” & then direct them to the box of stuff I keep for such occassions, filled with crosswords, mazes, ready-mechs, & other busy work-type things.

Enter the impossible maze. Mazes remind me of holiday parties in elementary school, but some of my teens really enjoy doing them. In addition to the one above, here are some other resources for a variety of challenges:

» I’ve no idea who or what this is, but the hand drawn mazes are spectacular! PDFs & JPFs for all, so they should be usable no matter your situation.
» Mazes.org.uk – on a variety of levels to challenge everyone.
» Puzzlemaker @ Discovery Education lets you make all sorts of fun things, including mazes. I made the one below here, & it’s a doozy!
» Create your own mazes with this free download. It appears on several sites, so it ought to be safe. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will sometime in the future…