- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
A lot has changed since Margaret Wise Brown published the children’s classic bedtime book Goodnight Moon in 1947. It was a quieter, gentler world back then. There were only kittens, mittens, combs and brushes for little bunny to say goodnight to. The only tech stuff in bunny’s room was an electric lamp and a rotary dial telephone. Not so in Goodnight iPad : A Parody for the Next Generation. Writer and illustrator David Milgrim under the pseudonym Ann Droyd has written a fun little high tech parody of Goodnight Moon for adults. Goodnight iPad is a humorous study of those of us who are plugged in, day and night, to our high tech electronic gizmos. Instead of kittens, mittens and a bowl of mush, bunnies say good night to iPads, BlackBerries, YouTube, Facebook, LCD Wi- Fi HDTV, MP3, email, Nooks and digital books. Even the fireplace is a faux plug in electric model. Little bunnies are busy with headphones, iphones, cell phones and the great green room is buzzing with the constant tap, tap, tapping, and click, click, clicking of keyboards as bunnies text, tweet and play Angry Birds and Doom. Finally, Mother bunny has had enough and announces , "Goodnight remotes and Netflix streams, Androids, apps and glowing screens," and ends with "Goodnight MacBook Air, goodnight gadgets everywhere." Gathering all the gizmos in her arms, she sends them flying out the window to restore peace to the house. Parody and fun aside, Goodnight iPad is a clever commentary on society’s growing attachment to high tech devices and their pervasive presence in everyday life.