Monday, August 31, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/31/2015

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Community Center, Abstract Poster, Works Progress Administration, Between 1936 and 1941

Daily Thoughts 08/31/2015

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I placed an order for new books and dvds.

There is a town hall meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the community room for the public.

The beginning computer classes are tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We have one session for Fundamentals of Computers and a Beginning Microsoft Word.

I spent some time printing up flyers for various programs.  I also had the poster printed for September is National Library Card month.

I spent some time working on the Latino Americans 500 Years of History Grant.

The townhall meeting was quite interesting.  There were a lot of recognizable patrons, a few board members, a number of people from the Friends of the Library, and the Mount Vernon Public Library foundation.

People talked a lot about the importance of the local history room, the need for better community outreach, more programming for the children, and improved technology.

I read some more of The End of All Things by John Scalzi.  I like the diplomacy and intrigue in the novel.  There are four factions, the Colonial Union which is an organization of earth colonies, earth, the Conclave which is an alien alliance, and the Equilibrium which is an organization which wants to break apart the Conclave, destroy earth, and end the Colonial Union.  This makes for a complex story.

Web Bits

This City Offered Free Public Transportation to Anyone Reading a Book on a Bus

Neil Gaiman: ‘my parents didn’t have any rules about what I couldn’t read’

The Curious Case of Basketball Star Turned Authors: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/28/2015

Woman reading (Olga) - Pablo Picasso
Woman Reading, Olga, Pablo Picasso, 1920

Daily Thoughts 08/28/2015

I read some more of Stephen Baxter Ultima.  The book is a mix of alternate history, wormholes, and interdimensional travel.  There are Romans in space and other anomalous ideas.  I am finding it an entertaining sequel to Proxima.

I checked the gifts and the displays.  I also checked the Facebook and Twitter page for the library.

We had a meeting this morning discussing adult programming.   There are a variety of programs which we are working on.  September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Americans month.  We are going to do some specials involving a grant from Latino Americans 500 Years of history.  We also have a music program planned.

We are also working on updating a new website for the library which has a much cleaner appearance.

We are also working on a grant from Arts Westchester for a memoir writing class.

 I spent some time reading through a copy of Booklist. 

I read through several copies of Publishers Weekly and the latest Book page.  I put the book, Three Moments from the Explosion Stories by China Mieville on hold as well as the book, Memory Theater by Simon Critchley which is about philosophy and memory.

Kenneth Davis who was an honoree at the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation gala last night and a successful local author, gave us a copy of each of the books which he had written to be added to our collection.

Web Bits

On writing, rejection, and persistence

Barnes and Noble Closes the Book on Queens
I go to the Bay Terrace Barnes and Noble.  I would rather it did not close.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2015

Woman Reading - Georges Braque
Georges Braque, Woman Reading 1911

Daily Thoughts 08/27/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time working on scheduling as well as setting up the list of computer classes for September.  There is a computer class tonight on Beginning Microsoft Excel from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  We have a new big screen monitor for the class.

I spent some time reading through the New York Times Book Review.  I also spent some time ordering new books on health and medicine to update the collection.

Tomorrow we are having a programming meeting to discuss adult programming.

Two books came in for me to read, they are both science fiction.  The first is Ultima by Stephen Baxter and the second is The End of All Things by John Scalzi.

We discussed the book In Montmartre Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art by Sue Roe for the book club from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  People liked the photographs in the book,  They especially liked the picture of Picasso as a young man.  For the next book club, we are reading The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain which should be entertaining on September 24, 2015 from 1:00 2:30 p.m.

Web Bits

Terry Pratchett's Final Novel on Sale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/26/2015

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Jove Decadent, Ramon Casas i Carbo, 1899 
Daily Thoughts 08/26/2015

I have steadily been reading more of Zero World.  I like the action in the story.  It is very intense.  It has a visceral high octane feeling to it.   The story is almost secondary to the scenes of fight, flight, escape, and trickery.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I also checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

There was a Wordpress class at the library tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I read through a copy of the Ingram Advance and the Baker and Taylor Forecast.  I also read the latest New York Times Book Review.

I sent in a small order for computer repair books.   I also have been working on an order of health books.  I am trying to cover many common ailments like heart disease, diabetes, lupus, and other health conditions.

On the way home, I finished reading Zero World by Jason M. Hough.  There is a bonus novella called The Dire Earth which is about the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse caused by a terrible alien disease.

September 1st is National Library Card Month.  Snoopy is the representative this year.

Web Bits

The Surprising Benefits of Reading Before Bed 

There was a Hidden Conveyor Belt Under the Capital that was Just for Moving Books
A secret of the Library of Congress.

Mount Vernon Public Library Holds Literacy Gala for its Children's Library
I worked the late shift tonight at the the library.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2015

Girl Reading at the Window - Gwen John
Girl Reading at the Window, Gwen John, 1911

Daily Thoughts 08/25/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gifts and the displays.

There is going to be a screening of a Mayoral Debate today at 6:00 p.m. in the Grace Greene Baker community room.

There are two programs today as well, the Crochet Class from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the Graphic Novels Club from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I spent some time working on the schedule for the computer classes for September.

There is a Wordpress class tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I have two lists of books to create, a list of books on computer repair, and a list of books on health.

Web Bits

The Surprising Benefits of Reading Before Bed

50 Inspirational Quotes from Literature