Monday, March 30, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/30/2015

Ignacio Merino, Reading Don Quixote

Daily Thoughts 03/30/2015

The survey has started moving along.  There is a link for it now on the website.

I applied for the Lulzbot 3D Printer Giveaway.  It is sometimes interesting to apply to these things.

I put in an order for new books this morning.

I placed the book, Elon Musk Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance on hold.

I checked the Facebook and Twitter for the library this morning.

Web Bits

Photographer Documents Istanbuls Little Known Treasures: Libraries

Missouri Governor Proposes Massive Cuts for Libraries

Get Cracking on Code Community Courses Lead to Jobs

Urban Librarians Unite – has a list of letters you can write in support of libraries

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/29/2015

Portrait of Chino Hyogo at His Writing Desk, Katsushika Hokusai, 1835

Daily Thoughts 03/29/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I spent some time on the library survey.

I also watched a little bit of the documentary Fed Up which is about processed foods and sugar and how it is making many children severely obese.  The movie is a challenge to the food industry about how much sugar there is in food.  Katie Couric is the main voice of the film.

There are a couple of interviews with Michael Pollan in the film.  Michael Pollan wrote the books In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manual, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Pollan Family Table, and many other books about food.

I read the New York Times Book Review today.  I bought a copy of the Sunday New York Times.  I don't usually do this.  It has gone up to $5 for the Sunday newspaper.  I read it at the laundromat.

Web Bits

Vote to Decide Fate of Purchase's Library
Of interest to Westchester residents.

Queens Library Seeks Public Funding
Part of ongoing building maintenance crisis in the libraries of the 5 boroughs of Manhattan.

Documents Reveal Long Trail of Library Privatization Talk
General interest.

Doors, Radiohead Preserved by Library of Congress

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/28/2015

Daily Thoughts 03/28/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  I also watched some of the documentary, Inequality for All by Robert Reich.  Robert Reich is an economist and worked for the department of labor under Bill Clinton.

Web Bits

10 Futuristic Libraries

Review 'Improbable Libraries' a Fascinating Trek Among the Stacks

Friday, March 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/27/2015

Bouquet of Dahlias and White Book, 1923, Henri Matisse

Daily Thoughts 03/27/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.  The library is showing Makers, Women Who Make America today.  The documentary was quite interesting.  We watched the episodes on Women in Hollywood and Women in Business.

I started reading Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan on the way to work.  It starts very much like a police procedural novel.

I spent some time working on programming this morning focusing on flyers and dates for events.

I also checked the gift books and the displays.

I read the April Bookpage and picked out a few books to order.  I have a couple copies of Publishers Weekly and a copy of Booklist which I need to read.

I finished reading Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan.  It is a mix of supernatural with police procedural.  The story is very much about what it means to be corrupt inside in a way that is evil.  At the same time it shows how a person can be incorruptible.

I liked how the book was put together.  It had a real sense of back story.  Europe was falling apart with gangsterism, right wing nazis, leftist riots, union riots, and corruption.   This was starting to spread to the United States.  At least part of the corruption is supernatural in nature, bolstered by crime which adds to the problem.

I did not find the supernatural part to be particularly scary.  It was more about darkness, regret from uncontrollable violent actions, and anger than fear.  The werewolf part of the story is about rooting out hidden evil and seeing peoples souls as they are.   There is a historical tension in the story created by the past souls who have not succeeded in finishing the quest that the hero of the novel completes. It was refreshing to read.  It was also very fast paced.

Web Bits

Decaying Libraries Crumbling Futures

April is Autism Awareness Month-- Partner Up to Reach Families in Your Community

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 03/26/2015

Shen Zhou Reading in Autumn Scenery, Palace Museum, Beijing, 15th Century
Daily Thoughts 03/26/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

I finished reading The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis.  It was a satisfying read.  I liked the alternate history angle of the French versus the Dutch.   I also liked the idea of pitting alchemy versus chemistry.  It made for an entertaining story.  The bits on machines having free will or being controlled were also well done.  This is a captivating fantasy with a unique setting.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.   I also worked on a flyer for an upcoming digital photography class in May.  I am starting to put out books on poetry today.

We had the book club meeting for The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.  It was interesting discussing the book.  More people came and checked out the book than came to the book club which is something that has not happened before.  We are reading Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou for the Thursday, April 23, 2015 book club from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

I read another copy of the Times Literary Supplement and the April 2015 Forecast from Baker and Taylor.

I checked out the book Werewolf Cop by Andrew Klavan.

Web Bits

ALA President Responds to House Proposal to Eliminate IMLS