Monday, April 20, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2015

Girl Reading, Edward Simmons, 1893

Daily Thoughts 04/20/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  We are working on changing the pattern of how we post things.



I read some of Curiosity by Alberto Manguel.  I am reading about Dante and Inferno.  Alberto Manguel is describing Dante talking to Virgil and Ulysses.



I checked the gift books and the flyers this morning.  I also handed out some paper surveys to the public.



May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  I spent some time looking at bibliographies of bibliotherapy books.


The Westchester Library Association has a set of bibliographies for helping children with bibliotherapy.
Gill Library Bibliotherapy List

Grieving List White Plains Public  Library

Bibliotherapy Lists from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
http://www.clpgh.org/research/parentseducators/parents/bibliotherapy/


We are going to be showing The Soloist on May 4 and having a panel discussion about the movie between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m..


I spent some time reading the latest New York Times Book Review and started working on my order for new books for next week.







Web Bits


Linda Gregorson: "The Internet Chips Away  at the Barriers Between Solitary Writing and Solitary Reading."


Automation

The Machines Are Coming

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2015

Reading, Berthe Morisot, 1888

Daily Thoughts 04/19/2015

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

I enjoyed reading Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale.  When the Romans enter North America in this alternate history they encounter the Cahokian tribes.  In the real world, the Cahokia mounds are a mystery.  No one is quite sure what happened to these people between 1200 a.d. and 1400 a.d..  The time setting is 1218 a.d.  This allows a lot of license for Alan Smale to create a culture from scratch.

It also allows Alan Smale to speculate with technology.  For example he draws on conjectures like Jim Woodman's Nazca ballooon http://juliannott.com/nazca/  and the idea of pre-colombian glider craft.  There is even a bit on greek fire.  This makes for interesting alternate history.  It also makes for a tale about technological innovation and change.

The book is the first part of a three part series.

I also started reading Curiosity by Alberto Manguel.  He opens with a critique of education for purely technical skill, arguing that education is meant to seek new things and ask questions about how the world works.

Web Bits


Metro Money: Growing Number of New Yorkers Are Using the Library for Office Space

Library of the Future Is Here



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2015

Woman Reading, Henri Matisse, 1894

Daily Thoughts 04/18/2015

This morning, I read some more of The Blue Zones Solution.  I am reading about how social connections, personal interests, and attending church extend longevity.

I also started reading Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale.  This is an alternate history novel.  The setting is a Rome that did not fall invading North America and losing its first major battle against the natives.  The description of a Roman legion in 1248 c.e. is interesting.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I spent some more time looking at our libraries statistics.

I handed out a few more paper copies of the Mount Vernon Public Library survey this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

The book Curiosity by Alberto Manguel came in for me to read.

I spent some time looking at collection policies for committee work.  I also got contacted by someone for the Latino Americans 500 Years of History Grant.

I spent some time working on the order for new books next week.

Web Bits

The Real Purpose of Libraries by Ferguson Library Director Scott Bonner
https://www.readingrainbow.com/blog/2015/04/16/the-real-purpose-of-libraries-by-ferguson-library-director-scott-bonner/

The Future of the Future of Books
http://www.buzzfeed.com/lincolnmichel/the-future-is-never#.mo60EdyBd

Take a Look at New York City's Best Boutique Libraries
http://observer.com/2015/04/take-a-look-at-new-york-citys-best-boutique-libraries/

Friday, April 17, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2015

Lewis Hine, Boy Studying, 1924

Daily Thoughts 04/17/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  We are working on a weekly email newsletter.

On the way to work, I read some more of the Blue Zones Solution.  This is a link to an app which calculates life expectancy.  http://apps.bluezones.com/vitality/

I also finished reading The Orbital Perspective by Astronaut Ron Garan.  He describes the concept of the Overview Effect or what happens when people first see earth from space as an astronaut.


Yesterday was very busy.  Malinda Daniel Hodge did an excellent job with the poetry open microphone yesterday.  We are having another poetry open microphone on April 23, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Please come if you are a poet in Westchester county.

I read a lot of review material yesterday.  I still have quite a bit more to do.

The book, Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale came in for me to read.

We sent several packets of flyers about the Mount Vernon Public Library survey to local libraries.  We are also getting people handing in paper copies of the library survey.  We have been steadily receiving more paper surveys.

I spent some time working on the order for new books next week.  I also discussed some of the responses from the survey with a colleague focusing on computer classes.

I also finished working with the large print books today.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  I am looking at Bibliotherapy lists.


Web Bits
Library of Congress is Uploading 75 Years of Poetry and Literature Recordings




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/15/2015

The Bookseller Blok, Vincent Van Gogh, 1882
Daily Thoughts 04/15/2015

I read some of The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner.  Dan Buettner is writing about where the long lived people are on earth as well as why they live so long.  He focuses on community, diet, exercise, social circles, and faith.  There is a strong public health orientation in this book.  He is writing about changing communities not just individuals.

I also read some of The Orbital Perspective by Astronaut Ron Garan.  Ron Garan is writing about how if you look at the earth from space, you see the world as being three dimensional and about collaborating with others on an international scope.  I enjoyed the section on how the Americans and Russians worked together on the initial plans for the International Space Station.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also checked Facebook and Twitter for the library.  We now have an account on Constant Contact and are signing up people for the mailing list. http://www.mountvernonpubliclibrary.org/E-Blast

We are also on continuing work with the survey. 285 people have taken the survey so far.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PXYDLNH

I spent some time working with the large print books.  I also have several review magazines to read, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, Booklist, and the Ingram Advance.

I placed a hold on the book, Curiosity by Alberto Manguel.  I liked his book, The Library at Night.  I also am looking forward to the book Paradise Sky by Joe Lansdale which is based on the tale of Nat Love.

Web Bits

In This Digital Age, Book Collecting Still Going Strong
http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-this-digital-age-book-collecting-is-still-going-strong-1428894136

How Libraries Engage Local Advocates
http://connectivity.cqrollcall.com/how-libraries-engage-local-advocates/