Is Facebook Dying? What’s Killing It? — Kristen Lamb’s Blog


Once again Kristen Lamb nailed it. Everything she wrote resonates with me. I do agree we are seeing this movement (virtual reality games as social events) in its infancy and there are still many wrinkles to be ironed out. I belong to a group of Little Free Library Stewards. We build and maintain those little book boxes that are popping up like mushrooms around the country. (Another way for people to get outside and meet) Many of the LFL Stewards are experimenting with listing their book boxes as Poke Stops or gyms. Their success has been interesting. Teenagers are flocking to the LFLs at all hours. These are mainly set up at the edge of the stewards property and while numbers of visitors are increasing so is damage to lawns, flowers etc. It is a great social experiment.:-) As far as nastiness on Facebook, I am seeing the same thing. I find I am limiting my time on FB because I can only take so much negativity. I’m a writer and it is a conundrum because every meeting we have with publishers, editors etc. we are asked for our Facebook numbers, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Anyway, thanks to Kristen for a well thought-out post!

There is a new trend that is piquing my interest and I think it is going to make a revolutionary change in social media that might even have the power to topple the mighty Facebook.

via Is Facebook Dying? What’s Killing It? — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Do You Listen To Uncle T.?


I love my Kindle reader for the portability. But if I have the choice, all things being equal, I would choose a paper book. There is something satisfying about turning a physical page.

Is my preference for paper books because I read them as a child?

I have no way of erasing my past experiences so I can make a conclusion on this. It is frustrating, knowing my experiences have influenced my conclusion.

In the same way it takes deliberate scrutiny of our own motives before we respond to racial tension.

I grew up in a biased family. I had an Uncle who used racial slurs as part of his everyday vocabulary. Yet, I was a child who had a deep faith in Jesus Christ. As a child I sang the song, Jesus Loves the Little Children.

“Red and yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Now I know people’s ethnicities are not labeled in this type of wording today. Please let’s not get sidetracked on song lyrics. I have something more important to discuss with you.

Truth was not hard for my 8 year old self to understand. It was no stretch to apply that to adults. If Jesus loved children of all races, then without a doubt He loved adults the same way.

Whenever Uncle T. used defamatory language about other cultures, he was wrong. I knew this with the wisdom of a child.

When I see hatred that is put forth between people today, I wonder. Are they speaking before examining what has shaped their preference? Are their minds and emotions defaulting to something  taught to them by their Uncle T.?

In that way then, they are choosing the familiar and the comfortable. They are not evil, they are just misguided. Choosing to be blind to their own propensities, they make themselves a pawn. A pawn used by those who are evil.

There is an ultimate truth. That is, we are all created in God’s image, and what a colorful image that is! Heaven will not be one race. There is a saying; if you cannot get along with others of a different race here on earth, you will not like heaven.

We are in a tenuous time here in the United States. If we step back for a moment and take a breath and examine our own hearts first, we can unite as a country.

Maybe we can put away the weapons of our words, before they transform into physical weapons.

This requires a conscious decision. I pray those of us who call ourselves Christian take the first step. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to wage peace.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 New American Standard Bible

“JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN” Words by C. Herbert Woolston, music by George F. Root

Mumbai’s First Little Free Library

She came across an article about the Little Free Library in the Oprah Magazine. Being an avid reader she went up to her mom saying “Can we also start one?” At 13 where most kids are busy with their friends, gadgets, this girl choose to share her collection of books with the others. She had everything set in her mind in terms of the design. Lets hear from this teen Kiara Rohit Roy, who has set up Mumbai’s 1st Little Free Library on 19th June 2016. Register today at or call 9820845436MuMumbai Little Free Library

A magical adventure

Greetings from Little Free Library #36424 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA! It’s so nice to see you doing this for your community!

Freeland Little Free Library

Running a Little Free Library  in our rural English village is proving to be quite the adventure. We had previously received a book donation from an author in America, and within the last few weeks this book arrived, sent to us all the way from Zimbabwe!


Author Chellie Conlon wrote this children’s book to help raise money to protect Zimbabwe’s wildlife. More information can be found about the book on the author’s facebook page. She saw our LFL Facebook page, and since Chellie has relatives in the UK that use our Little Free Library, she asked if she could send us a copy of her book. Thank you so much, Chellie!

If you would like to support the book, a Kindle edition is available for purchase from Amazon.

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The Pug List by Alison Hodgson

“What if a wheezing, sneezing, allegedly house-trained, ticking time bomb of an orphan pug is the key to helping a family feel at home again, after an arsonist set their house—and life—on fire? If you asked me, I would have said it’s a bad idea; we can do better. Unfortunately no one asked me, and The Pug List is my family’s story.”~Alison Hodgson
Alison Hodgson takes you on a ride that requires you to buckle your emotional seat belt. Her refreshingly candid story tells how her family went through the loss of everything when their home burned to the ground. The key words are “went through”, for Alison lays the map out, word by word, on how this stalwart family regained their footing.
I was especially impressed by the teamwork she and her husband displayed in trying to help their children cope with such a loss. Their dedication to healing their children is heart warming to read. Even when the last thing on Alison’s list was a pug; she knew it was the first thing on her daughter’s list. I was privileged to hear Alison Hodgson speak at The Breathe Conference in Michigan last fall, and her book was on my “to read” list. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggersbook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Forever My Little Girl, by Karen Kingsbury

This is a pint-sized gift book. This is the perfect time of year to purchase and gift this book to a special little girl who has grown into a woman you want to honor. Graduation, or Weddings, any special occasion that you would want to honor your daughter. The rhyming verses follow the life of a special child from birth to adulthood. Karen Kingsbury’s words are always sweet and full of grace and this book is no exception. Have tissues handy when you read this book. It is sentimental and sweet and guaranteed to send the message to a young woman you love that she is cherished and special. The illustrations are poignant.I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers IMG_5596.jpg book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. A copy of this book has been placed in Little Free Library #36424, Nonni’s Place, Huntsville, Alabama.

Kid’s Quest Study Bible Review

The updated version of the Kid’s Quest Study Bible is 1618 pages long and in hardback. The cover has been updated with more color. The text is New International Reader’s Version and is printed in easy to read blue ink instead of harsh black. The thing that I find interesting about this children’s Bible is the blue cartoon inserts at the bottom of some pages. These illustrations take questions that might arise from the text and answer them in child-friendly language. The illustration also contains related verses for the reader to look up. The chapter headings are in red ink, which makes them stand out well. The words of Christ are not in red, which I would have preferred. It always seems easier when you are studying to already have His words highlighted, but they chose not to do that in this version. There is a Topical Index at the back of the Bible, which I find helpful. The best feature at the end of the Bible is the Dictionary. I’m thankful they included this as I feel it gives children a ready resource if they are not familiar with some of the Biblical terms. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <[…]> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. This book is now available in the Little Free Library #36424, Nonni’s Place in Huntsville, Alabama.IMG_5597.jpg

Great Bedtime Story for Little Ones

Night Night, Mommy by Amy Parker is an 8 inch by 8 inch glossy board book. This sweet rhyming story is told by baby otter, recounting the day with mommy otter. From a day at the zoo, dinner, bath time, story time and prayers, Night Night, Mommy follows a schedule that is familiar to many toddlers. I love the way baby otter looks into the mommy’s eyes. Illustrator Lee Holland did a great job of capturing the emotions of the otters. The soothing rhythm of the story and the earth tones in the illustrations are quieting for little ones winding down from the day.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Night Night, Mommy is now available at Little Free Library #36424, Nonni’s Place.


Perfect for Rainy Days or Car Trips

The Berenstain Bears, Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book is a paperback activity book for children ages 4-8. It has 26 activities spread over 32 pages. Activities include matching, crosswords, find the word and circle, and many activities use the 50 stickers included in the book. The stickers are said to be reusable. To test this I selected one of the stickers and stuck it to the appropriate page. I waited 20 seconds (about the length of time it would take for a child to change their mind, or decide they wanted to reposition the sticker. The sticker was easily removable and stuck back to its position in the back of the book. I don’t think they would stick well enough to reposition them more than once or twice. The coloring pages are glossy and would be good for crayon but probably not coloring pencils. All illustrations are trademark Berenstain Bears, familiar to anyone who has read any of these books. The bears engage in summer activities. Zonderkidz has produced another charming book that will be great to take on vacation trips to keep little ones occupied on rainy days or long car trips. Perfect for Spring Break.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”IMG_5403