Friday, April 30, 2021

Z: Zip Books, Zoom, Zombies, Z Titles

I can't believe that we have now reached...

Zip Books, Zoom, Zombies, Z Titles

I was hesitant to download Zoom, even though our writers lab began meeting that way once Covid hit. I miss the group, but Zoom just wasn't cutting it for me. I still have it on my computer just in case, but am not sure if I will ever be using it again, since I don't have to worry about school or work over Zoom. This video and cartoon are pretty much how I felt about Zoom:

And there was the lawyer with the cat filter on a Zoom meeting.

I found it funny how people likened Zoom to The Brady Bunch:

And someone on Facebook posted a meme about Zoom the PBS series from the 1970s (later remade in 1999): 

I have already said many times how when the library shut down for two months (before beginning curbside pickup). During that time, the Zip Books program was still operating, and I was glad for that. The Zip Books program allows patrons to request books not currently available through the library. The book is ordered through Amazon, then sent to the customer, who then has three weeks to return the book to the library. It will then be added to the library's catalog. While the library was shut down, people receiving books via Zip were instructed to return them when the library reopens. I accumulated about six books this way before curbside pickup was started. On the day I first requested books to go, I was able to return the Zip books. I'm still getting them this way, for titles I can't already find. I now return Zip Books along with other books borrowed from the library in the drop boxes (Those were also closed before curbside pickup).

One day in January or February 2020, pre-quarantine, while at the library, I spotted this book, Ziggy, Stardust, and Me. I was tempted to borrow it then, but didn't, thinking I'd do it another day. But the lockdown began and before curbside pickup, I was s tuck on finding a Z title for last year's A to Z Reading.  During the closure I searched Overdrive for a Z title, punching in the word "zombie" and came across this title: Zombie. I put it on hold, but thankfully it wasn't a long wait. The A toZ reading doesn't have to be done alphabetically, but Z was the last letter I had left by mid-May. For the A to Z reading this year, I finally checked out Ziggy, Stardust, and Me. 

And speaking of zombies:

With kids home for a year, worrying about the "smartphone zombies" (kids on their phones while walking to and from school) was not an issue. Once the kids started going back to in-person classes, I knew I was going to have to watch out for the "phone zombies" on their way home from school.  I have seen some kids walking to and from school, but not as many as before the virus. It's likely because they are only going to classes a few days a week, and still doing the online thing--hybrid learning. (I am so glad I don't have to deal with this stuff!) 

I kind of felt zombie-like each day, with little to do and getting tired almost all day long. And the repetitive days made me feel a bit like a zombie as well. I'm sure this happened to a lot of people. In a way, we did get zombies!


And that's a wrap! An A to Z reflection post will come next week. Meanwhile, I'll be back to regular blogging. Hope you have enjoyed my A to Z posts.


  1. The lawyer with the cat filter was one of the funniest things I saw last year. I'm glad you reminded me of that. I had long forgotten the old show Zoom too. You made it through the challenge, congrats! :)

  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge.
    I did the Zoom thing once. And hope not to have to do it again.

  3. Thanks for the videos! I use a kind of Zoom everyday and several times per day! I get used to it 😉
    Congratulations for completing nicely the challenge!

  4. Well done on completing the A2Z, I've not had to use Zoom, thank goodness as the signal up here in the hills is dire to say the least.

  5. Loved all the videos and memes that you shared in this post. Zoom was one of my favorites growing up. That was a blast from the past.

    Love the zoom parody videos too. It's a necessary evil for sure.

    I too would prefer Walking Dead zombies to the World War Z ones too! We can hope!

    Weekends In Maine

  6. Congratulations on completing the challenge, and I enjoyed the hilarious finish. Zoom and zombies - I'm not sure how we're all managing. But knowing there's a cat lawyer out there does great things to ramp up my confidence level. :-)

  7. I haven't used Zoom but already, I feel like song. Technology can be a bit daunting and confusing sometimes.

    Have a lovely day.

    My A-Z posts are here.

  8. Love the Zip program idea.
    The memes are a hoot, especially the seance meme.
    Have a great one.