I’m bored… disconcerting but true. I am almost never bored! There is too much to do, to see, to think, to learn. We are used to children and teens being bored… constantly stating the fact, expecting their designated adult to rectify the situation. There are consequently many titles devoted to the ‘meaningful occupation’ of the young. I thought it might be interesting, if somewhat briefly, to see how many ways Dewey approaches the ‘I’m so bored, there’s nothing to do!’ lament. The most obvious response is in the the 790s where you will find titles on recreation.
200 Boredom Busters by Paul Scott aimed at children 8 years old and over, is what you might expect to find in a book designed to keep the young active and busy – the only problem is, while there is a lot to do, it still does not relieve this notion that boredom is some kind of beast to be conquered.
Busting boredom seems a popular theme – it appears consistently across many Dewey areas. They include Boredom Busters for… work, students, adults, older people, online and pets. They include activities in craft, the arts, in nature, travel, science and passive pursuits for older people. As such, they travel the Dewey range quite comprehensively. Below are a couple of such titles you can preview:
So you’ve just finished the last episode of Game of Thrones or the latest installment from Robert Jordan, Janet Evanovich or James Patterson and you’re looking for something else to borrow from the library. How do you find something when you don’t know what you’re looking for? There are some great links that us library staff use when trying to suggest books, TV series or movies for our customers and I’ll list them below so you can use them to find your next great read or viewing.
Fantastic Fiction is a brilliant fiction database for people trying to follow an author through their bibliography or get a series in the correct order. Containing bibliographies for over 40,000 authors and information about 500,000 books means you should find what you’re looking for. Get a complete list of titles by the author with book cover illustrations, information about the authors and author recommendations.
Internet Movie Database is a huge database, bursting at the seams with information, links, videos and images of movies, TV series, animations, actors/actresses, directors and more. Watched a series recently and thought you recognised an actress? Search the movie on here and you’ll get a list of characters/actors that are linked to their own biographies on the site. It can get a bit like falling down the rabbit hole when one links leads to another and another and so on. You can join the community to add reviews to movies and find lists of other community members recommendations to watch. Check out when movies are set to hit the cinema or be released onto DVD or BluRay.
Which Book Selector is a nifty little website that gives you options to set parameters then it’ll give you recommendations based on your input. Keep changing your settings and scroll through the lists to find something that piques your interest. You can look through the created lists the website give as well.
And you can always check out the Gawler Library’s online catalogue for new book suggestions which scroll along under the search area and our blog here has many suggestions for non-fiction books from our What’s Your Dewey series.
This week’s Preschool Storytime theme is LIBRARY LOVERS
Join us for tomorrow at Evanston Gardens Library at 10.15 and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home. No need to book, just come along and join in the fun! #libraryloversday