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What We’re Reading: April 15-19

What We’re Reading: April 8-12

Preparing for tax time, dog-proofing your car, the benefits of a robo-garage, and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

Tax time tips.

Help pets by donating your old bedding to local animal shelters. Also, dog-proofing your car.

Pollen haze or pollen bomb–let the sneezing begin.

Matt Batchelor/flickr/2011

Locked out of your iPad by your toddler.  Yikes!

Who loves assembling Ikea furniture?  Not us.  A new Ikea store in New York City can assemble its furniture for you.

The first picture of a black hole.

There’s a burglar in your bathroom, so you call the police for help.  Never mind–it’s just a Roomba.

The benefits of a robo-garage–more parking spaces, no need for ventilation and can attract affluent homeowners.

Coffee IS essential, gosh darn it!

Finally organize your photos on your phone.

 

What We’re Reading: April 1-5

 A very expensive Harry Potter first edition, future homes on Mars, movie houses, spring cleaning, rideshare safety tips and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

A very pricey Harry Potter first edition was just sold.

Which home on Mars would you want to live in? NASA has three designs to choose from.

It’s time for spring cleaning, so clean your house and your life. Also, death cleaning has just been added to Dictionary.com.

Judith Doyle/flickr/2010

Productivity vs. Attention Management.

Take a road trip to visit your favorite house in your favorite movie.

Rideshare safety tips for everyone.

The Game of Thrones Family Tree.

Spider-proof your home, pronto!

Proptech has even entered the farmland rental market with Tillable.

Cats recognize their own names, says a Japanese study.

 

 

New Books–April 2019

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

 Mindfulness for All: the Wisdom to Transform the World by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Kabat-Zinn focuses on how mindfulness really can be a tool to transform the world–explaining how democracy thrives in a mindful context, and why mindfulness is a vital tool for both personal and global understanding and action in these tumultuous times.

Millionaire Success Habits: the Gateway to Wealth & Prosperity by Dean Graziosi

Legendary business coach Dean Graziosi has broken down the walls of complexity around success and created simple success recipes that you can quickly put to use in your life to reach the level of wealth and abundance you desire.

Instagram for Business for Dummies by Jenn Hermann

Instagram For Business For Dummies shows you how to use the app to connect with your audience in a meaningful way as you showcase your products and offer a unique insider’s view of your brand. Perfect for Instagram newbies or those who want to spruce up an existing account, this book helps you set up a powerful business profile, compose successful posts, and tell your story to the world.

J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2019 by J.K. Lasser Institute

J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2019 is the nation’s most trusted tax guide, updated to help you prepare your 2018 return. Step-by-step expert guidance walks you through the forms, calculations, and deadlines to help you file your taxes without the headaches.

Switch Off by Lynda Hudson

Relax and focus on your breathing; Choose when and where to pay attention to particular thoughts; Detach from thoughts at inappropriate times; Switch off from intrusive thoughts, Switch off from work; Create times of peace and quiet; Regular mindfulness practice calms and quietens the mind

What We’re Reading: March 25-29

A library in a tree, a Game of Thrones global scavenger hunt, make your own KFC sandwich and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

What can you do with a tree stump besides cut it down?  Make a library, of course!

A high school production of Alien is getting great reviews.

Will car ownership die out?  This writer thinks so.

aaltonen/flickr/2005

Setting your thermostat to match the African environment.

Cats are irresistibly drawn to keyboards.  Buy them a decoy keyboard to play with.

The hotel that inspired the Sandcrawler in Star Wars may be demolished soon.

Find one of the Game of Thrones iron thrones hidden around the world in this epic scavenger hunt.

KFC is opening up its kitchens in the U.K. and Ireland for customers to make their own chicken sandwiches.  The secret recipe will still remain secret.

No more April Fool’s Day pranks at Microsoft.

What kind of phone does Warren Buffett use?  A $20.00 flip phone!

 

What We’re Reading: March 18-22

What We’re Reading: March 11-15

 The World Wide Web turns 30, what your refrigerator reveals about you, Y2K for your GPS, and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

A 30th birthday for the World Wide Web.

A Y2K for some older GPS models.

Refrigerdating–it is now a thing.

An early autonomous car is now in The Henry Ford.

Wealth from upcoming IPOs will impact all sorts of industries in San Francisco.

401(K) 2012/flickr/2010

Will “zombie lights” make pedestrians safer while crossing the street?

Taking care of the Grand Canyon National Park.

What We’re Reading: March 4-8

New Books–March 2019

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Real Estate Concepts: A Handbook by Ernie Jowsey

The essential reference tool for all real estate, property, planning and construction students. Real Estate Concepts provides built environment students with an easy to use guide to the essential concepts they need to understand in order to succeed in their university courses and future professional careers.

The Only Negotiation Book You’ll Ever Need by Angelique Pinet and Peter Sander

The Only Negotiation Book You’ll Ever Need guides you through every stage of the process—from identifying opportunities to closing the deal—with useful negotiation techniques and tips for adapting classic strategies to online interactions.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare – poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes.

Master Your Brain by Phillip Adcock

By demystifying how (and why) our brains function as they do and—crucially—how we can apply these insights to everyday situations, commercial psychologist Phillip Adcock provides us with the tools to dramatically improve our lives in every area, from work and relationships to health and athletics.

How to be a Better Deal-Closer by Simon P. Haigh

This book provides valuable and accessible insight into the key elements required to ensure successful deal-closing. It is written in an easy to read, no-nonsense style, and is easily accessible to those who are not proficient with deal closing. The chapters include real-life stories and insights from a wide spectrum of the author’s connections and experiences.

How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck by Steve Stockman

Written by Steve Stockman, the director of the award-winning feature Two Weeks, plus TV shows, music videos, and hundreds of commercials, How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. In other words, how to shoot video people will want to watch.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey

In his latest work, Covey lays out an unprecedented plan for goal-realization that will revolutionize the way we approach our dreams. The 4 Disciplines of Execution provides a simple, proven formula for achieving the goals that every individual or organization needs to reach.

Principles by Ray Dalio

While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.

What We’re Reading: February 25-March 1

 Dangerous concrete, very special Oreos,  a unique way to get around town from Citroën and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

Why is concrete dangerous?  Find out here.

Live in The House Of Tomorrow, if you have $3 million to renovate it.

Food expiration dates, clarified.

Jessica Paro/flickr/2003

Game of Thrones Oreos.  We have nothing more to say.

A dragon in the sky over Iceland.

Getting around town, even without a license.

You can buy a Tesla only online now. Their retail stores are closing.

What We’re Reading: February 11-15

Planetary photobombing, the Flowergeddon, bobbleheads, Super Mario Brothers,  a winning dog named King and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

Ghost apples, created by the Polar Vortex.

You can buy Amazon’s birthplace.

The Earth has photobombed the Moon.

The Flowergeddon will be coming to California soon. It’s nice change from fires and floods.

Maria Eklind/flickr/2018

The Best in Show at the 2019 Westminster Dog Show is King, a Fox Terrier.

Many, many bobbleheads.

Goodbye, Rover, goodbye.

A super expensive Super Mario Bros. game was just sold for $100,150.

New Books–February 2019

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Essential rainwater harvesting : a guide to home-scale system design by Rob Avis and Michelle Avis

Essential Rainwater Harvesting covers complete home-scale rainwater harvesting system design including goal setting, system planning, site assessment, calculations, and material selection and sizing for all climates.

Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

An entertaining and inspiring account of conquering his fear of rejection, offering a completely new perspective on how to turn a no into a yes.

The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley

Stanley takes a close look at the top one percent of households in America and tells us the motor behind the engine; what makes them tick. His findings on how these families reached such financial success are based on in-depth surveys and interviews with more than 1,300 millionaires.

Listing Boss by Hoss Pratt

Listing Boss: The Definitive Blueprint for Real Estate Success is a powerful book for real estate agents at all levels of their career and success. Implementing Hoss Pratt’s 12 essentials will help you break down barriers and yield massive results. These 12 essentials include: create a vision, develop a top-producing mindset, identify your niches, deploy a marketing arsenal, master your listing presentation, and get buyers to take action…plus more.

How to be Heard by Julian Treasure

Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five-time TED Talk speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen-and how to listen so that people feel heard.

Success Acceleration by Tony Jeary

This impactful audio program hosted by Ron Meiss is an interview with Tony Jeary focusing on the critical learning Tony has had over the past two decades that have accelerated his success.

What We’re Reading–January 21-25

What We’re Reading: January 14-18

What We’re Reading: January 7-11

What We’re Reading: December 31-January 4

Cookies, cakes, crickets and clutter compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

Mmmmmm . . .cake.

NASA’s New Horizons mission comes with its own soundtrack, courtesy of Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of Queen.

Mark Kent/flickr/2012

Lessons learned from opening a box of crickets.

How clutter weighs you down.

Gluten-free Girl Scout cookies!

Pinterest decorating trends for 2019–vertical gardens, pops of yellow and natural pools.

There’s an app for everything–from a reminder to drain your water heater to early earthquake warnings for Los Angeles.

 

New Books–January 2019

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection. Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Prospecting with purpose : how to methodically grow your real estate business by Shannon Ensor

Whether you’re a seasoned agent or just starting out, Prospecting with Purpose shows you how to create a sustainable and successful real estate career.

The million dollar real estate team how I went from zero to earning $1 million after expenses in three years by Chris Watters and Bradley Pounds

Contained in this book is a step-by-step business plan with simple, unambiguous directions on which steps to take and in what order. Learn from Chris Watters and Bradley Pounds how they scaled their business at a breakneck pace and earned a profit of over $1 million in just three years.

Rich habits rich life : the four cornerstones of all great pursuits by Randall Bell

Rich Habits Rich Life is the result of research that has spanned over 25 years at the intersection of sociology and economics, and specifically explores what behaviors result in disaster, recovery, and prosperity.

Back to the cabin : more inspiration for the classic American getaway by Dale Mulfinger

A yearning for smaller homes…simpler times! Architect and renowned “cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger rekindles our love of the iconic American cabin in Back to the Cabin. This latest book picks up where his best seller, The Cabin, left off, engaging readers with fresh insights and strategies for designing a contemporary cabin with all the charm of yesteryear.

Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman

From the author of the bestselling Traction, Rocket Fuel details the integral roles of the Visionary and Integrator and explains how an effective relationship between the two can help your business thrive.

No One at the Wheel by Samuel I. Schwartz

The country’s leading transport expert describes how the driverless vehicle revolution will transform highways, cities, workplaces and laws not just here, but across the globe.

What’s Your Genius? by Jay Niblick

This book does two very significant things: first it focuses on one of the most vital yet least understood aspects of success…decision-making. Unlike many other treatments on individual success that focus on behavior, personality or intelligence, “What’s Your Genius” paints a clear picture, perhaps for the first time, of our subconscious decision-making process and how it directly affects our success.

What We’re Reading–December 24-28

A famous NASA photo, storing your Christmas lights, how to grip the steering wheel and much more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

We were punked by the glitter bomb anti-theft device.

The history of the NASA Earthrise photo.

Christmas lights storage hacks.

    Tom Ipri/flickr/2011

Tips for working smarter in 2019.

10 and 2 or 9 and 3.  What is the best way to hold a steering wheel?

The country’s oldest veteran has passed away at 112 years old.  We thank him for his service.

This takes guts, and planning. Not sure about this adventure.

Is this movie within a movie a real movie or fake movie?  Now we have the truth.

No, aliens have not landed in Queens, says the New York City Police Department.

What We’re Reading: December 17-21

The greatest Christmas movie ever made, a $3 million dollar Tiffany lamp, tracking down a stolen tiny house and much more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

Alexa makes shopping easy.  Even a parrot can do it!

Beware of a Netflix phishing scam.

Offshore wind lease plots have just sold for $400 million. Three years ago, one parcel from this area were sold for $1.50 an acre and one parcel sold for less than a dollar. How times change.

 

Aleksandr Zykov/flickr/2017

You can purchase this beautiful pinecone treehouse.  It features a geodesic structure and a platform is set high up in the trees.

The greatest Christmas movie ever is Die Hard.  It’s just like A Christmas Story but with explosions.

Can rabbit DNA in a plant remove benzene and chloroform from the air?  Professor Stuart Strand of the University of Washington thinks so.

Why is this lamp worth $3 million dollars?

A former NASA engineer outwits package thieves with glitter.

Breaking in to phones with a 3-d replica of your face.  Seems like a lot of trouble personally.

Alternative Christmas trees.

Her tiny house was stolen. Then she tracked it down.

 

 

What We’re Reading: December 10-14

 The history of traffic lights, insurance for stolen packages, fax machines, dangerous toys, architectural gingerbread and much more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist.

Cubicles=Freedom? Not so much.

Traffic lights are 150 years old.

Dagny Mol/flickr/2010

Police are teaming up with Amazon to outwit thieves.  Will insurance cover those stolen packages?  Maybe.

Does anyone still use a fax machine?

A shower for your dog.

Boxy apartment design and how it relates to housing policy.

Alaska repaired its roads within days of the earthquake, and Chicago can’t fix its potholes on main streets? Facepalm.

Dangerous vintage toys.  Remember Jarts?

How “algae curtains” can help fight air pollution.

Be thankful you aren’t on Dashlane’s list of 2018 worst password offenders.

What can you make out of gingerbread?  The Louvre, a University and a home by the sea, for a start.