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.

Web Bits



Libraries Welcome Writers In Residence

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..

Web Bits

Publishers Events During Banned Books Week
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/how-publishers-plan-to-celebrate-banned-books-week_b90422

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.

Web Bits



After New Report, Councilman Calls for Unification of City Libraries
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/09/8552585/after-new-report-councilman-calls-unification-city-libraries

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.

Web Bits

Advocate Today.  One Hour a Day Makes a Difference.
http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/advocate-today

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Daily Thoughts 09/14/2014

Roses In Glass, Waldmuller, 1831

Daily Thoughts 09/14/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I have been reading a bit more of the Warmth of Other Suns.  Isabel Wilkerson is very good at characterization and describing people.  I like her descriptions of Ida Mae, Robert Foster, and George Starling.  The combination with the historical background makes an excellent piece of history.

I also read some more of The Organized Mind.  Daniel Levitin is describing how creating categories for things make them easier to remember.

I signed up for Lynda.com again.  I also took a one hour class on Merchandising from Webjunction called Merchandising that Works.

I am thinking about what I will say on Wednesday night to the board about my department.  The report appears to be in order.

Web Bits

Galleycat Exclusive: New York Times to Launch 12 New Monthly Bestseller Lists
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/galleycat-exclusive-new-york-times-to-launch-12-new-monthly-best-sellers-lists_b90232