Saturday, June 24, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/24/2017

Still Life With Fruit and Vegetables, 1914, Thomas Hart Benton

Daily Thoughts 06/24/2017

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

On the way to work, I read some of Leading the Unleadable.  A lot of this book is about how to communicate with people and listen to them so they will be motivated to work.  It is also about what is the baseline amount of work you should accept from people.  It starts from a premise that you should expect excellence.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

We are going to have two programs today, a reading by Jennifer Kitses of her book, The Small Hours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and a Reading from the Journal Kaleidoscope which is made by the Senior Memoir Class led by Karen Leahy from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Web Bits


MIT Press, Internet Archive Collaborate to Digitize Titles


10 Most Challenged Books of 2016


 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/23/2017

Reading - Julius LeBlanc Stewart
Reading, Julius Leblanc Stewart, 1884

Daily Thoughts 06/23/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Capture today on the way to work.  I especially liked the description of Winston Churchill describing depression as the "black dog."

We have been working on the summer reading things.  The summer reading theme today is "Build A Better World".

We spent some time discussing computer things in the morning.

Right now, I am signing up people for the Adult Summer Reading.  We are giving away books for signing up as well as pens.  I am near the rotunda gallery right now.

The book, Leading the Unleadable How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by Alan Willett came in for me to read. 

We had a good turnout for out start of Adult Summer Reading.

I checked some biographies today.  I also spent some more time discussing technology.

The books for the reading tomorrow, The Small Hours by Jennifer Kitses came in.

Web Bits


KHCPL to be the First Library in the World to Display Work  by Banksy

New York Public Library to Display Declaration of Independence Copy for Holiday Weekend

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/22/2017

Jeanne Reading - Camille Pissarro
Jeanne Reading, Camille Pisarro, 1899

Daily Thoughts 06/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I attended the Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees meeting.  There was some discussion of written policies as well as the central library status.

Last night I read some more of Capture.  I am reading about what drives people to become killers.  There is a discussion of why Sirhan Sirhan, Ted Kaczynski, and Eric Harris became murderously insane.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also did a little more work on programming. I also spent some time working with a new librarian the Literacy program.

Tonight we have an Immigration Forum in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There is also a Tablets and Smart Phones class from 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I posted a list of CD Audiobooks to Bookletters.

Web Bits


Syrian Students Library Helps Arabic Culture Blossom In Berlin

The Original Wonder Woman Slays the Crowd at Library of Congress

24,000 Vintage Cartoons from the Library of Congress Illustrate The History of This Modern Art Form (1780-1977)

Library and Archives Canada Launches Its First Enhanced E-book


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/21/2017

Sir William Orpen - Grace reading at Howth Bay.jpg
Grace Reading at Howth Bay, Sir William Orpen, Circa 1900

Daily Thoughts 06/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed a hold on Leading the Unleadable:  How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People by  Alan Willett.

On the way to work, I read some more of Capture.  David A. Kessler, M.D. describes David Wallaces writing of the novel Infinite Jest.

I also read some more of A Paradise Built in Hell.  The book is very radical in its content.  Rebecca Solnit is describing the anarchist, Kropotkins view on the concept of mutual aid.

I checked the displays and gift books this morning.

I printed up some flyers.  There are some bookmarks being printed up for the Build A Better World Summer Reading program.  We looked through some of the galleys to use as giveaways.

I spent some time going over the procedures in the computer lab.

I created the sign up sheets for the July computer classes.

I checked out two more books, Social Media for Writers Marketing Strategies for Building Your Audience and Selling Books by Tee Morris and Check Wendig and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.  One of our librarians is going to teach a drawing class using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.



Web Bits


Librarians In the 21st Century: We Need to Talk About Library Security

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 06/20/2017

Velimir Khlebnikov by M. Larionov (1910).jpg

Velimir Khlebnikov by M. Larionov (1910)

Daily Thoughts 06/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Capture.  The author uses many examples of famous people with problems as examples: Jim Belushi, Anne Sexton, and Robert Lowell.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.  I also did some weeding.  We are getting a few donated games.

I also did a little more work on ordering.

I spent some time going over Content Reserve for Overdrive Advantage.

We also had the Crochet Group today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are two computer classes tonight, a Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class.

On the way home, I read some more of A Paradise Built In Hell.  I am reading about the idea that disasters bring about social change.