Link Love

Hope everyone had a fun weekend! Enjoy this week’s Link Love!

Did you notice all the Pixar references when you saw Toy Story 3? Slash Film has a thorough breakdown of the movie’s easter eggs.

The blog Stuff No One Told Me features adorable cartoons that teach unpretentious life lessons.

Feeling useless this summer? Turn it around with this guide on having a productive summer.

Don’t lie: you know you know someone who has one these cliché college posters.

From More Magic Always, a reflection on fairy tales and escapism.

A shipwreck dating back to the nineteenth century was found in Lake Michigan! Am I the only one who thinks that’s really cool?

Video Love

I’m going to be positive about the America’s run in the World Cup. You should too: relive the moment you watched the U.S. beat Algeria. I dare you not to get chills. 

I’m moderately obsessed with this video and the sunny music of She & Him. Zooey Deschanel’s organic voice is a refreshing part of today’s music scene. (Side note: she looks more like Alexis Bledel than ever.)

Happy Birthday to my friend Katie! She had a Taylor Swift-themed birthday, so what better way to celebrate than by posting my favorite T-Swizzle video?

Which links did you love this week?

~ Sarah

5 Reasons I Love the Library

When I was a kid, summer always meant a few things for me: no school, swimming pools, and… trips to the library? (Yes, I was a nerd even back in elementary school.) Summer has always been the best time to catch up on reading- you have hours upon hours to spend reading. But besides checking out books, here are five other reasons to go to your local library:

5. Online Services

Technically, this doesn’t require actually going to your library. Still, it’s great to check out your library’s website to see what services they offer online, such as e-books or digital collections. My favorite feature is placing holds. I can easily browse the catalogs and place holds for items I want to check out. It’s awesome because I can place holds for items that aren’t available in my particular library, but are at other locations in the county. I don’t even have to drive to another location, because my holds will be sent to whichever branch I choose.

4. Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re having trouble finding a job this summer, or just don’t have much to do, check your local library to see if they need volunteers. Throughout high school, I volunteered at my library once a week. Responsibilities vary, but you may shelve books, decorate bulletin boards, help organize events, or tidy up community space. You’ll learn a lot about how libraries really work. It’s a great way to help out your community and meet new people.

3. Library Events

Libraries are always hosting activities and events for the community, especially during the summer months. Just this month, my local library is hosting movie nights, open-mic nights, crafting clubs, language classes, seminars, and computer classes! (Previous events have included book fairs and yoga classes.) The library offers something for everyone, and the best part is many of these events/classes are free.

2. DVD/CD Rentals

I’m really lucky because my library has an absolutely fantastic selection of DVDs and CDs. Checking out CDs at the library offers a lot of musical options, and it’s a legal way to obtain free music. There’s a wonderful variety of movies too, from old-school comedies like Bringing Up Baby to newer releases like An Education. I’m constantly placing DVDs on hold. Plus, because it’s free of charge (unless you want to count the taxes you pay) there’s no need for me to go to Blockbuster or subscribe with Netflix.

1. Relax and Discover Something New

One of the best things about libraries is the peace and quiet they offer. It’s easy to relax while you go through book shelves, or find a comfy armchair to do some reading. There’s no rush at all. And if you spend time regularly at the library, it’s only a matter of time before you learn something new. Whether it’s a new favorite book or hobby, libraries are great place to grow and discover something new about yourself.

What do you think? Do you love going to the library? What are your favorite things about it? And what are you planning to read this summer?

~ Sarah

P.S. Happy Birthday to my friend Vince! 🙂

Girl Crush: Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks at the 2009 Golden Globes

You might not know her name, but if you have a taste for comedy then you should recognize Elizabeth Banks. She was born in Massachusetts in 1974 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. (Banks and Tina Fey single-handedly prove that you can brains, beauty, and a sense of humor.) After bit parts in movies like Spider-Man, Catch Me If You Can, and Seabiscuit, Banks’ breakout role was in the 2005 hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Since then, Banks has appeared in numerous movies, including Invincible; Definitely, Maybe; Zack and Miri Make a Porno; and Role Models. She also had a guest stint on Scrubs. Banks has mastered the role of the spunky and bubbly girlfriend. She has shown her strengths as a dramatic actress in the biopic W., in which she played former First Lady Laura Bush, and the upcoming The Next Three Days, opposite Russell Crowe.

The reason I’m currently obsessed with Elizabeth Banks? Her guest role on one of my favorite shows, 30 Rock. She was originally slated to appear in four episodes this season, but she has already appeared nine times and by the looks of the season finale (which I finally finished watching on Hulu) she’ll be back. Banks plays Avery Jessup, one of Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) many girlfriends. Avery, who is a conservative talk show host, stands out from the other female characters on the show. Jenna is dramatic, Cerie is sweet but shallow, and Liz is, well, Liz, but Avery is strong, smart, and confident. Banks is a great addition to 30 Rock, even if it’s just a guest stint.

So basically, Elizabeth Banks is pretty awesome. She’s talented, hilarious, and sexy. She’s one of today’s most promising actresses, and I can’t wait to see her career skyrocket.

What do you think? Do you love Elizabeth Banks too?

~ Sarah