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Friday, September 11, 2015

Can an Online Test Really Determine Your Personality?

With the deluge of quizzes on sites like Buzzfeed (though how your favorite pizza topping corresponds to your celebrity soulmate, I'll never know), I've been thinking about personality quizzes that are more--ahem--scientifically based. There are personality tests stemming from a wide range of psychological thought. The popular Myers-Briggs test, for example, is actually extrapolated from the theories of psychologist Carl Jung. Curious about the test's accuracy, I took a 12-minute quiz on 16personalities.com. And the outcome? I was impressed; the information it gave me about my personality was often startlingly accurate. What surprised me most was how the questions seemed so insignificant, yet actually communicate a great deal about the test taker's worldview.

Another fun method is The Enneagram, which categorizes people into one of nine personality types, but also includes "wings" into some of the other 8 types. One characteristic of The Enneagram philosophy is that everyone is born with one dominant personality type. In other words, people can never change the personality type they were born with. 

Curious about your Myers-Briggs results? Take a great (free!) test here. 

Want to learn more about personality types, the Meyers-Briggs test, and the Enneagram? Check out some great reads at the Mountain View Public Library. 

Post by Allie C., Homework Assistant

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Life-Changing Tip for Speed Reading

Do you ever let your eyes trail off while reading a text? Do you find it difficult to maintain a focused reading mindset? I, for one, have personally struggled with both habits throughout my career as an English student. Last week, however, a friend shared a simple idea that has (only in last couple of days, admittedly) revolutionized the way I tackle chunks of my newly assigned required reading book, Wuthering Heights.

First, find the audio book on Youtube. Quite often, school-assigned books are in the Public Domain, so audio books will be free and easy to find (and if not, you might be able to borrow the audiobook from the library - just ask a librarian!). Then--here comes the great part--click the settings icon on the Youtube video and change the speed from 'Normal' to either '1.5' or even '2.0'. Now, just listen to the accelerated version while you read along. Coupling both reading as well as listening will reinforce your understanding of the action while also keeping you focused. The increased speed makes using audio books WAY more time efficient. And if the pace feels fast at first, don't worry! You'll acclimate to it quickly.
So there it is. Silly, I know. But man, has it helped me. Changing the speed may also be useful if you want to zip through a review video on science or math.

Post by Allie C., Homework Assistant.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

YA Authors are Amazing!!!!!

I'm a huge fan of YA authors - after all, they write some amazing books!

Now I'm even more impressed with how wonderful they are as people.

Patrick Ness, author of The Knife of Never Letting Go, A Monster Calls (which I'm currently reading) and More Than This, which I've heard is fantastic, wanted to do something to help with the refugee crisis in Europe.

So he tweeted that he would donate £10,000 to the Save the Children fund if the public did the same.

That first goal was met within two hours.

Then John Green pledged to match funds, followed by JoJo Moyce, Rainbow Rowell, Derek Landy, Philip Pullman, and the list goes on.

The current total for this fundraising effort stands at £520,000.

I am so impressed by the efforts of this community, and proud to be a YA librarian.

For more info, click here to read the article from The Telegraph.