December 14th, 2009

Must Have Tech Gifts

Everyone knows we live in an increasingly digital gadgety age — but do you even know what these things are?  An IPod, a Wii, a Droid, a Kindle, a Nook, a Vook, a netbook, Blu-ray, HD, LCD, OLED, Plasma, MP3, Zune, GPS  or a ZHU ZHU?  The media, magazines, and pop up ads all are promoting these items as “hot” this time of year, but are you convinced?  What do you CCPL fans make of these devices?

Gotta have ‘em?

Gonna get ‘em?

Got ‘em already?

What is that?

Or tell us what tops your list of best Tech Toys for December 2009.

Just a reminder…CCPL has free downloadable media compatible with many of the e-reader and audio devices.  Check out the latest list at the following link.

And for those of you who could care less and want the antidote for all this technology talk, reread the Christmas chapter of Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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December 7th, 2009

Best of 2009

If you love music, then chances are you’re excited for the inevitable year-end lists that music magazines and websites will soon start to publish.  What is it about the start of a new year that makes us want to create lists?  Lists can be a great way to remember the year gone by, and they can also be the perfect opportunity to learn about music that you may have missed.  My top five albums for 2k9 are…

It’s Blitz by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – The third album by the group manages to maintain a lot of the energy and personality that made their first two albums so great, but also tries out some new styles and directions.

Farm by Dinosaur Jr. – Dinosaur Jr., one of the founding fathers of the alternative sound that swept through mainstream radio in the early nineties, have been making albums for as long as I’ve been alive.  For a 25 year old band they haven’t lost anything – they can still structure a terrific rock song that manages to combine the melodies of pop with the raw energy of punk.

XX by The XX – The XX are my favorite new band of the year.  The XX make use of back and forth lyrics of their male and female singers and stripped down songs with programmed drum beats to sound incredibly modern, and wholly unique.  This is a great album to put on to relax – really great mood music.

BLACKsummers’night by Maxwell – If you’re a fan of classic R&B and soul, then you’ll love this record.  Maxwell writes terrific songs that manage to be both evocative and catchy.  The lyrics and melodies will stay with you long after the CD has stopped playing.

Live at Reading, by Nirvana – If you had told me a year ago that I would ever like listening to Nirvana again, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.  I enjoyed them well enough when they were new, but over the next 15 years they got seriously overplayed (both their own songs, and all of the bands that copied their style).  Live at Reading definitely changed that.  This is a terrific performance, and really reminds you what made the band so great in the first place.

Wondering what artists were popular with other Cecil County Public Library patrons?  These were the most checked-out artists for the past year:

- The Beatles
- Coldplay
- Pink
- The Eagles
- Miley Cyrus
- Sugarland
- The Dave Matthews Band
- Kanye West
- Nickelback
- Kenny Chesney

So now that you know my favorite music from 2009… how about you?  What music did you really love this past year?  Leave a comment and maybe you can help someone find their new favorite CD!


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