Saturday, February 6, 2016

Daily Thoughts 02/06/2016

Daily Thoughts 02/06/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebok this morning.

I read some more of the book, On Her Own Ground.  I am reading about Madam C.J. Walker's funeral.  I am almost finished reading the book.

I checked the flyers and the gift books.  I printed up some more flyers today.

I also worked on ordering new books as well as a few more sports books.

Web Bits

Car Crashes Into Greenburgh Library

Friday, February 5, 2016

Daily Thoughts 02/05/2016

A Guide to the Works of Art In New York City, American Book Poster, 1895-1911

Daily Thoughts 02/05/2016

This morning, I finished reading The Most Good You Can Do How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically by Peter Singer.  I found parts of the book to be off base.  Peter Singer argues that saving lives is more important than museums or education for example.  I am not sure that saving a life is more important than improving a life.  He also makes some arguments about the possibility of human extinction with artificial intelligence and an asteroid hitting earth that are a bit far fetched.

The central tenet of how to choose which charities to donate to, earn more to give more, and pick out charities which are most effective is an excellent reason to read this book about charity.  The other parts, I find questionable.

I have also been reading more from On Her Own Ground.  The section on the period around World War I is enlightening.  Madame C.J. Walker is a member of the NAACP, the NACW and other civil rights organizations.  There is material on lynching, Pan Africanism, African American soldiers in World War I, missionary work in Africa from a Baptist perspective and other social issues.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

There is a stamp unveiling today. Some of the Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees are here and the mayor, a few police officers, and people from the post office.  They are unveiling a black heritage stamp of Richard Allen.  Later, I found out the Amani Charter School and Eliot Engel were here as well. The room was standing room only.

I printed up a few flyers.

We had a meeting today to discuss programs.  We discussed some different ideas for several months ahead.  I had looked at the Programming Librarian calendar before the meeting.

I also spent some time discussing procedures and training for the staff for the public computers.

I wrote the January monthly report and compiled the monthly statistics.

On the way home, I read some more of Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple.  I picked up this book because Molly Crabapple worked at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, the famous bohemian bookstore.  I thought this would be a very literary biography.  It is much more,  In fact it is a little too much.  It is like picking up a Jane Austen novel and getting Anais Nin.

As the biography progresses, Molly Crabapple becomes more and more on the edge.  It has turned into something akin to erotica in some parts.  For example, Molly Crabapple first starts modeling in the nude for artists, then she begins doing cheesecake photography, then it goes a little further.

Not what I expected, not something which I expected to write about in this blog.  Then she starts describing the reasons she is doing this.  She can't afford her art supplies.  It even describes how she changes her name to Molly Crabapple so she would have a stage name just like Lady Gaga has a stage name.  Everything in this book pushes boundaries. It is worth reading, but I will hold off on reviewing it.

Web Bits

Mount Vernon Library Director Responds to Editorial Page

92 Percent of Students Prefer Paper Books Over Ebooks: Survey

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Daily Thoughts 02/04/2016

Title: Public library week--November 12 - 18 Abstract: Poster for the Chicago Public Library promoting public library week. Physical description: 1 print on board (poster) : silkscreen, color. Notes: Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).; Date stamped on verso: Feb 16 1940

Daily Thoughts 02/04/2016

On the way to work, I read some more of The Most Good You Can Do.  The author describes the concept of the "hedonic treadmill" where at a certain point, you won't be happy with increasing amounts of money.  Peter Singer describes how giving money can increase happiness when you have enough for yourself.  He also makes the argument that helping a poor person in a poor country has greater effect than helping a poor person in a rich country.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I am working on an order of sports books.

I spent some time discussing future programs with a colleague.

I finished ordering some new sports books.

There is a class from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Basic Internet Security.  We also have Lashonda Keith Barnett is doing a lecture tonight called Sound The Trumpet Black History Through Jazz in the community room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Web Bits

The Tiny London Shop Behind Some of the Very Best Libraries
Project Outcome Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Daily Thoughts 02/03/2016

Little Nemo: Give Us a Fleet Act III, Score, Illustrator Winsor Mckay, Songwriter Harry Bache Smith,  1908

Daily Thoughts 02/03/2016

I read some more of On Her Own Ground on the way to work.  I am reading about Madam C.J. Walker's move to Harlem, New York.  She was one of the early members of the NAACP.

I read some more of The Most Good You Can Do as well.  I am reading about metacharities which track how well other charities do.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook pages for the library.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also did a little work with flyers.  I am watching the computer lab to make sure that the change hours works.

I spent some time working on Bookletters this morning.  I also did a little work on next weeks new book order.

I spent some time in the computer lab this afternoon. There is a Using Digital Media class tonight from 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits

Diversity and Your Public Library

Amazon Rumored to Be Opening 400 Bookstores

Former B&N Booksellers Have Hope For Queens Indie

Beyond Books: Why Some Libraries Lend Tools, Toys, and More

Brooklyn Heights Library Proposal Hits Temporary Roadblock

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Daily Thoughts 02/02/2016

Patent Office, Shelving, 1865  from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Daily Thoughts 02/02/2016

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  I spent some time discussing Facebook with a person who works for me in the computer lab.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  The latest copy of Bookpages came in for me to read.  I also have copy of the New York Times Book Review to read.  Also, the book, Weeding Library Collections, Library Weeding Methods by Stanley J. Slote came in for me to read.

I spent some time discussing scheduling today.

This is a list of celebration weeks and promotional library events from ALA.

Programming Librarian Calendar


There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class today and a Beginning Microsoft Word class in the computer lab.

I am looking at the book, Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple.  I checked it out from the library.  It looks very bohemian and risque.  I have a can of diet coke and I need to clean up my desk.  Sometimes life seems so absolutely ordinary.  I put my hat on so I can be ready to go in a few minutes.

 I read some more of On Her Own Ground.  It is interesting that Madam C.J. Walker adopted a young woman, Mae Walker,  because she had beautiful hair.  I rather liked the descriptions of Madam C.J. Walker visiting Haiti and Jamaica to sell her hair products.

I also read some more of The Most Good You Can Do.  Peter Singer makes an argument that you should earn as much money as you can so you can give more money away.  He gives several examples of people entering the finance and banking industry so they can give away their money.

Web Bits

How One Company Designed The Booksehlves That Made America's Biggest Libraries Possible

Smithsonian Coloring Pages

Roundup Links To A Growing List of Library Coloring Books As Color Our Collections Week Begins

Fine for Overdue Library Books Owed By George Washington is Now $300,000

A Handy Sign That a Local Government Is Shirking Its Public Duty: Privatizing the Library