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A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 10-Feb-16 Handy Edmontonians plan to open city's first tool libraryEdmontonians will soon be able to add tools to the list of items available for checking out from the library, thanks to a new non-profit initiative in the works. When up and running, the Edmonton Tool Library will operate similarly to a public library. Similar libraries have already opened in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, but co-founder Leslie Bush came up with the idea of opening an Edmonton edition while he was renovating his new condo and grew tired of the cost and inconvenience that came with tracking down the required tools.
 09-Feb-16 Red River College student challenges women to go bare, ditch makeupCollege student Rhianna Saj wants to empower young women by changing the way society thinks about makeup and beauty products. She created a multimedia website called Bare as part of her Red River College creative communications independent project. Using photography, videos and blog posts, she's urging women to think about why they choose to wear makeup and how they define beauty.
 08-Feb-16 Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success.
 05-Feb-16 12 Books to Read Before Oscar NightThe Oscar nominees for 2016 have been announced. If you're the type who likes to read the book before you see the movie, you're in luck: CBC Books has put together a list of 12 books that inspired some of the nominated films this year. The 88th Academy Awards show will air on February 28, 2016.
 04-Feb-16 Are paper books really disappearing?That e-books have surged in popularity in recent years is not news, but where they are headed – and what effect this will ultimately have on the printed word – is unknown. Are printed books destined to eventually join the ranks of clay tablets, scrolls and typewritten pages, to be displayed in collectors’ glass cases with other curious items of the distant past? And if all of this is so, should we be concerned?
 03-Feb-16 Winnipeg Public Library has LyndaLibraryLyndaLibrary is a version of the popular Lynda.com service tailored for libraries. Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With your Winnipeg Public Library card, you can access the hundreds of thousands of videos Lynda.com offers. There is something for everyone, with courses for the very beginner to professionals.
 02-Feb-16 Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like ButtonThe most drastic change to Facebook in years was born a year ago during an off-site at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, a 10-minute drive from headquarters. Chris Cox, the social network’s chief product officer, led the discussion, asking each of the six executives around the conference room to list the top three projects they were most eager to tackle in 2015. When it was Cox’s turn, he dropped a bomb: They needed to do something about the “like” button.
 01-Feb-16 Doodlers, unite!Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we're caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen.
 29-Jan-16 What Does The Fox Say, And Why Is It Different In Every Language?Words for the noises made by common animals are some of the first words we are taught, as linguist Arika Okrent points out in this fascinating new video, "Why Do Animals Make Different Sounds in Different Languages?" Next time you're tempted to snicker over the animal noises in your Intro to Spanish textbook, look back at this video and remember just how odd and tricky it is, in every language, to put our barnyard pals' grunting into words we can understand.
 28-Jan-16 11-year-old girl, 'sick of reading about white boys and dogs,' starts literary movementMarley Dias is leading a revolution. Frustrated with the lack of diversity in her reading curriculum, the 11-year-old New Jersey student started a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks, which collects and donates books in which black girls are the main characters. The goal is to collect 1,000 titles by February 11, when Marley and two fellow student organizers will travel to St. Mary, Jamaica to deliver the books and host a book fair.
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