Saturday, September 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2014

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Ernst Rudolf, Reading a Book

Daily Thoughts 09/20/2014

This morning, I finished reading Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer on the train to work.  I enjoyed reading the Southern Reach Trilogy.  The ending was very satisfying.  We learn more about Area X where a strange thing from another place or dimension has shown up beyond human understanding.  It changes biology in ways that are beyond anything human and makes people do strange and terrible things.  The story is creepy and gives a strong sense of the unknown and does a very good job touching on what is unknowable by human beings.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook this morning for the library.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.  My colleague is sitting in the Doric Hall entranceway asking people to sign up for library cards and handing out flyers for programs.  We have a table set up with literature from the library.  We printed up some of the information from the report, From Awareness to Funding from OCLC and some points from the Pew Internet study on libraries so we would have a few talking points to support the library.

I had my first request for Holiday Books.  A patron wanted some simple Christmas crafts.  It might be time to start bringing out the holiday materials.  I spent a little time preparing for the upcoming weeks orders.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2014

Portrait of a Man With a Newspaper, Andre Derain, 1913

Daily Thoughts 09/18/2014

On the way to work, I read some of the book, Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer which is a weird tale set in an otherworldly place called Area X.  It is the third book in the Southern Reach Trilogy.  I am finding it both intriguing and a bit disturbing.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I went to the board meeting and talked about my department.  It was an interesting experience.  I probably spent too much time talking, but felt that I had a lot which needed saying.  Some of it was focused on shelving, electronic resources, computer classes, and the collection.

There was a consultant who wrote grants and a planning consultant at the meeting. A lot of it was adminstrative focusing on budgeting, staffing, and the general operations of the library.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also spent some time working on the job information center books.  I try and do a little bit each day.

I spent some time talking to people about programs.  I am looking at the book, Images of America, Mount Vernon Revisited by Dr. Larry H. Spruill and Donna M. Jackson.  It is a new about the history of Mount Vernon, New York with lots of pictures including some pictures of the library.

There is a program tonight called Sharp Again Naturally which is about how to reverse dementia and prevent Alzheimers.  It is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.  There is also a Basic Gmail class in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2014

Vendor of Song Books, Vasily Perov, 1863-1864

Daily Thoughts 09/17/2014

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

On the way to work, I finished reading  The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.  Isabel Wilkerson shows a very solid grasp of the material, has an interesting writing style, and catches peoples personalities quite well.  I enjoyed reading the book.  The book also has extensive notes, an index, and quotes at the beginning of each chapter.  I am looking forward to discussing it on September 23, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room.

I checked the gift books, checked the displays, and looked over the program flyers.  My order of Career Examination Passbooks came in from National Learning Corporation.  They sent a catalog as part of the order.  We get regular requests for test books.

I also spent some time working with the Job Information Center books.  In addition, I took some time work on the survey and check on adult program flyers.

Tonight, I am doing a presentation on my department during the board of trustees meeting.  The poetry workshop is also tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room  as well as a Beginning Powerpoint 2013 class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2014

Rembrandt, The Parable of the Rich Fool, 1627

Daily Thoughts 09/16/2014

This morning, I read some more of The Warmth of Other Suns.  I am reading about the use of housing covenants designed to limit who can live in a community.  Housing covenants would legally designate which racial or ethnic group could live where. They were prevalent in the northern United States. They were often used to exclude African Americans.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the gift books and displays.  I spent a little time going through some of my older paperwork.

I am going to be working with the job information center books.

The book, The Human Age The World Shaped By Us by Diane Ackerman came in for me to read. I now have a pile of books on my desk which I have not begun to read.

I spent some time working on Bookletters for the website so we have lists of suggested current titles.  I did the CD Audiobook list and the DVD list, but will have to call the company again to get the e-book list process done for new books in Overdrive Advantage.

We got a nice new donation of gift books of popular titles.  Some of them will be added.

There are two computer classes tonight, a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Fundamentals of Computer Operations class from 6:35 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.

I am looking at The Kashmiri Shawl which is by Joanne Dobson who is a local author and teacher at the Hudson Valley Writers Center.  It is historical fiction.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Daily Thoughts 09/15/2014

Young Man and Skull, Paul Cezanne, 1898

Daily Thoughts 09/15/2014

This morning, I read a little more of The Warmth of Other Suns.  I am reading about the Chicago Defender which was the largest African American newspaper.  It often wrote articles that encouraged people to migrate away from the south.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the displays.  I also checked on some shelving that needed to be replaced.

I spent some time working on the test books.  I am ordering replacements for some of the outdated test books.  Things like the Paramedic Exam, the Series 7 Brokers License, the LPN exam, and other exams.

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