Peanut Loves the New Place

Peanut,  our Rat Terrier,  has already made herself at home in our new place.

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Picture of Peanut the Rat Terrier by Janelle Mercer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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Getting Group Notifications out of your News Feed in Facebook

You may have noticed that group notifications are cluttering  up your News Feed on Facebook even though you are not subscribed to group updates.   Image

Here is how you can fix it.

1.  Hover or roll your mouse over the post.  In the right hand corner you should notice a blue down pointing arrow pop up.  Click on the blue down pointing arrow and click on Hide.
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2.  Clicking on Hide will hide the single post.  To hide ALL posts from the group on your News Feed click on the Hide all stories from link.  See picture below.  Image

3.  Now all stories from that group should be hidden from your News Feed.  You can still view the stories or posts by going directly into the group.  To manage your hidden items scroll to the top of your News Feed and click on the pencil next to News Feed to Edit your settings.

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Checking Out eReaders to Customers

This post contains my notes and some pictures from the Checking out eReaders to customers panel, Brad Allen (Lawrence); Jeff Tate (TSCPL); Alex Mudd (ESU); Diana Weaver (Basehor); Jack Granath (KCKPL) at Northeast Kansas Library System’s 2013 Technology and Innovation Day on April 24.  A recording of this session was also made and can be found here:

 

Basehor
Circulating preloded ereaders for a year.  Variety of devices started with tech tool box.
Competition between devives with community focus group.
Circulate in bag with device, user agreement, startup guide, charging cord.
patron responsibilty to remove personal data
Charge patrons if they put in dropbox.  Check out like an audio.

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Manage content from online account.  If were going to do over again would purchase one brand of device.  attached with prepaid visa ca4d, now use giftcards to buy content.
Created email

Topeka Shawnee County Public Library
Bought 15 simple touch Nooks
Started in red carpet department ( homebound, nursing home, low vision patrons)
Locked the devices down.
Decided to keep it simple with just the books.
Business to business program from Barnes and Noble.  Circulating since March… 32 checkouts so far.
Like that they can read large print books without holding a large book.
Hope to take it to other library users

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Kansas City, Kansas South Branch
Bought 10 Nooks
Good circ
What hardware?  Nooks were cheapest
Bought warranty and neoprene cases… used gun cases.. $7.50
None have been lost or stolen… only one major problem… someone restored to factory settings.
Nook devices have had low sales lately…something to think about when purchasing

Lawrence Public Library
Had eBook kiosks
Twelve devices total
Trying to decide what to do after they werent kiosks anymore.
Genre ereaders… best seller, romance, teen, npr
See it as a pilot
Constantly in flux… not sure what future holds.
Future: community driven ereaders… patrons can choose content
Used consumer model

Emporia State University
Bought Nook Colors and rooted them to make android tablets
Planned to use for instruction… didnt work out too well. Most students didnt have experience with android devices then (about a year and a half ago)
Now circulate the not rooted ones
May root the rest and circulate

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Gluten Free Chicken Enchiladas

One of my favorite foods is chicken enchiladas.  I just love the taste and the gooeyness of them.   In the past I have made them with a can of cream of chicken soup and flour enchiladas.  I am trying to eat gluten free so I thought this time I would try them with chicken stock and corn tortillas.

This recipe was adapted from the Novice Chef’s Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas.

Recipe:

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup chicken stock
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 cup medium salsa verde
1 cup light sour cream

for the enchiladas:
3 cups chopped or shredded chicken (I used chicken and stock from a whole chicken I cooked in a slow cooker and froze last week)
8 oz  Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded & divided
1 small yellow onion, chopped
12 – 14 corn tortillas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute  garlic, for 1 minute. Stir in cornstarch, constantly stirring, and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, whisk in the sour cream and salsa verde. Remove from heat.

Spray/grease a 9×13 baking dish. Add 3/4 cup sauce to the bottom of the pan. Add chicken, Cabot Monterrey Jack Cheese, and onion to the center of each tortilla and roll, placing seam-side down in the dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas. Top with leftover cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbling.   Once the enchiladas are bubbling turn on the broiler for a few minutes to brown the tops a little bit.  Watch carefully so the enchiladas don’t burn!  Serve immediately.

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Library Girl

One of my Facebook friends shared this YouTube video with me and I thought some of you would get a kick out of it.

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Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

It’s been awhile since I have posted.  Hopefully I will get into a better habit of posting.  I really admire people that blog regularly.  Talk about dedication!  Unfortunately, that is not me.

This year I have a few pre-teens and teens that need Christmas gifts.  At first I was a little worried about what to get, but stumbled upon a few things.  They were so cute that I felt I should share them others.  If you are looking for expensive high-quality gifts you are probably in the wrong place.  For this post anyway.    These are great stocking stuffers or just something a little extra to add to a gift.

First I found these Kids’ Snuggle Wraps from LTD Commodities.  They’re cute and look very comfy.  (Click on the picture to be taken to the site to find out more info.)

Kids' Snuggle Wraps

I thought the monkey one was pretty cute for a pre-teen girl and am seriously considering getting the camouflage one for my nephew.  These are also sold through The Lakeside Collection and several other sites and catalogs.

I also found some really cute slipper socks.



I ordered the bee, frog, and monkey ones and they are totally adorable.  They are also very soft and have grippers on the bottom.  According to the site they are only hand wash and line dry, but I imagine they could be washed on gentle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Summer Frozen Treats

If you know me, you know I love to eat and try new things.  I especially love to try new frozen treats!  It’s one of my favorite things about summer.  It’s not officially summer, yet. However, over the last week we have had several days of temps in the 90s.  I thought I would share some of my favorite frozen treats to enjoy in the Summer.

1.  Coconut Frozen pops by Helados Mexico.

These things are so, so good.  They have real pieces of coconut and are really creamy.  They don’t have a lot of nasty weird ingredients in them either.  (Well other than corn syrup and stablilizers).  Here in Dodge City we can only find them at Walmart. During the summer season they can hardly keep them on the shelf.   We try to stock up – IF we can find them.  Most of the time we can only find them about 50% of the time.  They have other flavors like Strawberry, Rum Raisin,Pineapple, etc.  I hear they are also good.

2. In my opinion, Breyers always gets it right and they definitely got it right with their Grasshopper Pie Ice Cream.  How can you go wrong with ice cream, mint, and cookie pieces? This is one of my new favorites.  However, it may now be banned from our house. Sorry, I looked and looked and couldn’t find a picture.  I would have taken a picture of ours, but we ate it already. hehe.

3.  Like chocolate and lots of it?  Are you also a brownie fan?  You’ve gotta try Breyer’s Chocolate Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. They are so, so good and only 160 calories a piece.

I have also heard the rest of their new Bars and Sandwiches are also tasty. I haven’t had a chance to try them, yet.

4.  Skinny cow… need I say more?!!!  I was so excited that I could find their ice cream sandwiches in SW Kansas and even more excited I could get so many varieties here in Dodge City!

Over the last few years, I have been lucky enough to try the Mint, Strawberry Shortcake, Vanilla, and Vanilla Chocolate Combo. The Cookies ‘N Cream and Chocolate Peanut Butter also look good.  Unfortunately, I haven’t found the Chocolate Peanut Butter here.

I have also heard their single serve cups are to die for!  I haven’t tried them, yet.  The best thing about them is the whole cup are a serving and are 150-170 calories a piece.  Be still my heart!

Their skinny dippers and other bars are also tasty, but some of them have artificial sweeteners in them.  Artificial sweeteners and I don’t get along well.

5.  Edy’s Fruit Bars. These are so delicious and refreshing.  I have tried Strawberry, Creamy Coconut, and Lime.  The Creamy Coconut are almost as good as the Coconut bars I mentioned first, but not as quite.

There are so many more I could list.  Ice cream is my weakness especially anything made by Breyers or Blue Bunny.  What’s your fav?

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