Saturday, April 25, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/25/2015

William Adolphe Bouguereau, Inspiration, 1898

Daily Thoughts 04/25/2015

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

I also read some more of Start A Revolution Stop Acting Like A Library.  I am reading about Facebook marketing as well as Youtube.

I placed Biblio Tech Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In the Age of Google by John G. Palfrey  on hold.

I watched Mockingjay Part 1 of The Hunger Games on dvd.  It was fairly close to the book in content.

LaShonda Barnett will be at the Mount Vernon Public on May 14, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.

I am reading The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.  The style is unique.  It is the only graphic novel I have ever read with extensive historical footnotes at the bottom of each page and diagrams throughout.  So far many of the footnotes are about Lord Byron.  It reminds me a little bit of  Fallout J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and the The Political Science of the Atomic Bomb by Jim Ottaviani which is a graphic novel about physics, math, and politics.

Web Bits


The Two Men Who Helped Create the World's Greatest Library

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pulitzer-prize-winners-list-20150420-story.html#page=1

An Interview with Rick Riordan
https://www.sfsite.com/00a/rr406.htm

Library of the Future  7 Technologies We Would Love to See


Friday, April 24, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/24/2015

Library Walk New York City,  Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain, 9, February, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/24/2015

On the way to work, I finished reading Around the World In 50 Years.  There is a positive message in this book about conservation and the destructiveness of war.  He also tells us how children are taking education very seriously as the only way out of poverty and that many of the Asian nations are willing to work much harder and for less than the people in the United States to get ahead.

I checked the libraries Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Kids Adults Share Original Work at Poetry Event in Mount Vernon
http://westchester.news12.com/news/kids-adults-share-original-work-at-poetry-event-in-mount-vernon-1.10326038

I spent some time writing up a few things which we need to do with our website.  Locally, I like the White Plains Public Library website and the Somers Library website.

I spent a little more time working on programming today.

On the way home from work, I started reading Start A Revolution Stop Acting Like A Library by Ben Bizzle with Maria Flora.   The book is about digital promotion.  The first chapter is on websites and the second chapter is on mobile.  Ben Bizzle argues that it is better to have a professional web developer build a website than an in house librarian.

It is confirmed that I am going to Book Expo America this year with a VIP pass.  This is a Library First Time Guide to BEA from Early Word.  http://beaguide.earlyword.com/forums/

I have been invited to a variety of events.

I watched The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.  I am going to show it in May in honor National Mental Health Month.

I put the book, The Martian by Andy Weir on hold.

Web Bits

Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges' Library of Babel as Infinite Website
http://flavorwire.com/515783/brooklyn-author-recreates-borges-library-of-babel-as-infinite-website?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=interest_target&utm_campaign=FlavorwireSocial

Denying New York Libraries The Fuel They Need
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/nyregion/denying-new-york-libraries-the-fuel-they-need.html?_r=0

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2015

File:John Quinton Pringle - Still Life with the Head of Dante.jpg
Still Life With the Head of Dante, John Quenton Pringle, between 1886 and 1890

Daily Thoughts 04/23/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  Malinda Daniel Hodge will be doing an Open Microphone at the library today between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I read some more of Around the World in 50 Years on the way to work.  It is interesting reading about Kiribati and Tuvalu both islands that will be completely underwater within 20 years.  There is also quite a bit about difficulties with visas, flight connections, border crossings, and permissions to travel to certain countries.  Some of the countries which Albert Podell visited have already disappeared.

We had a book club today for the book, Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m..  The next book we plan on reading is Americanah A Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

There was a Google Docs class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

The poetry open microphone went well and was well attended.  News 12 was there and interviewed Malinda Daniel Hodge who did some excellent singing.  Quite a few people read their poems.  A few of them had attended the Mount Vernon Poetry Workshop.

On the way home, I read some more of Around the World In 50 Years.  The book is quite political because the author travels to many places which are dangerous to outsiders.   Towards the end of the book, he is attempting to travel in some very difficult places, Saudi Arabia, Mogadishu, Rwanda, and South Sudan. He is attempting to finish his travels.  Albert Podell also goes to places which have different views of the world than the United States like Cuba and North Korea.

Web Bits



2015 Eisner Award Nominees Announced





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2015

Glass Carafe and Newspapers, Georges Braque, 1914

Daily Thoughts 04/22/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.  We now have a way to send out a weekly list of events to Facebook and through the email list.

On the way to work, I read some more of Around the World in 50 Years.  I am enjoying it.  It is quite adventurous.  The author has many hair raising experiences, travels through wars, over dangerous roads, and deals with a variety of different kinds of excitement.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I worked on some scheduling.  I also worked on a description of my job for civil service.

We just got a Makerbot.  I hope we have a chance to play with 123D Catch to make some interesting things.  http://www.123dapp.com/catch

I read a little bit more of Around the World in 50 Years. I like that the author visits Robert Louis Stevenson's grave in Samoa.  I also like his description of visiting Timbuktu.  Also, he describes taking risks to visit countries that are in war zones, plagued by lawlessness, are dangerous to travelers, and suffer from corruption. Albert Podell also describes how it feels different and it is a different experience traveling in the Middle East and Africa since 09/11 for westerners.

The graphic novel, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua came in for me to read.  Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron.  She was a mathematician and invented the first example of a computer program in Victorian England.  Charles Babbage had a design for a mechanical computer.  In this story which is part alternate history and part fact, Ada Lovelace did not die at an early age from Cancer  and got together with Charles Babbage to build a steam driven mechanical computer.

Web Bits

New York Public Libraries Warn of a 'Staggering' Crisis With Infrastructure
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/nyregion/new-york-libraries-citing-dire-need-for-renovation-seek-funds-from-city.html?_r=0

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Daily Thoughts 04/21/2015


Daily Thoughts 04/21/2015

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I read a little bit more of Curiosity by Alberto Manguel.  I am reading about the sophists.

I spent some time working on an event.  Kenneth Davis will be at the library on June 18, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m..  He will be discussing his new book, The Hidden History of America at War, Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also handed some more of the library surveys.

The crochet class is today from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the fiction room.

I read the latest copy of the New York Review of Books.  I am looking at Around the World in 50 Years My Adventure to Every Country on Earth by Albert Podell.  I started reading the book.  It is a book about often dangerous, adventurous travel all over the world.

We entered our first batch of paper surveys into the computer.  We have 390 people who have taken the survey.