Monday, November 24, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2014

Robert Henri, The Reader In the Forest, 1918

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook page.

I was at Barnes and Noble today.  I walked around and looked at books.  There were a few things that seemed interesting.  I placed the book Leading the Life You Want Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman on hold.  Another book which looked interesting is @War The Rise of the Military Internet Complex by Shane Harris.  I also bought a paperback copy of Starhawk by Jack McDevitt which is science fiction.

I am enjoying reading Starhawk.  Jack McDevitt has a wonderful sense of the ordinary.  Even with aliens, far off planets, worlds with collapsed civilizations, the basic condition of being human does not change.  Jack McDevitt can easily switch between an astronaut visiting an alien planet and then talking to his mother.  Another thing which is interesting is that most of the aliens are no big deal, in fact some of them are kind of boring, and others are just incomprehensible.

Web Bits

Growing Young Minds How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners

Faster Broadband for Schools and Libraries

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/23/2014

Amazing Stories, May 1930

Daily Thoughts 11/23/2014

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I have been reading some more of The Goliath Stone.  Part of the story is about nanotechnology meant to mine an asteroid becoming self aware.  Nanotechnology is the deus ex machina for many improbable things in this novel.

I finished reading The Goliath Stone this afternoon.  I enjoyed it.  It is lighthearted with numerous references to other science fiction and fantasy writers from Robert Heinlein to Douglas Adams to Terry Pratchett.  It has a libertarian streak to it focusing on individual freedom, life extension, and nanotechnology.  There is also a bit on the idea of space planes, turbines, and asteroid mining.

Web Bits

Next Year, One Billion Works Will Be Free to Use Online

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/22/2014

Amazing Stories, Scientifiction, September 1928

Thoughts 11/22/2014Daily 

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I read a graphic novel this morning, Blacksad Amarillo by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido.  The characters are different types of animals.  The main character is a black cat, Blacksad who is trying to escape from his life as a detective.  The series is in a noir style 1950s.  This was a fairly dark story.  I especially liked the character Chad, a writer with a homicidal streak who ends up killing some especially ill intentioned villains.  Neal Adams did an introduction praising the style.  The comic is a translation from Spanish.  I enjoyed the different animal characters; parrots, hyenas, lions, elephants, and dogs. I put the previous book, Blacksad A Silent Hell on hold.

I started reading The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington.  It is a near future thriller set in the 2050s with nanotechnology and asteroid mining.  You can recognize our earth with some changes in the politics.

Web Bits

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

Do Men Read Books Written by Females? INFOGRAPHIC

Neil Gaiman and Ursula Le Guin at the National Book Awards

Friday, November 21, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2014

Marguerite, Guy Rose, 1918

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook accounts.

I read a bit more of The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.  I am finding this book useful on a personal level.  It is about a process of forgiving people.  I am not sure how to write about the different exercises and thoughts in this book many of which have a bit of both religion and ethics in it.  The bits about South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are interesting.

I checked the gifts and the displays.  I also did worked a bit on scheduling and programs.

I spent some more time looking through a list of missing items today.

I placed the book, Unbroken : a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand on hold.  We are reading it for the next book club.

Web Bits

Neil Gaiman: Libraries are cultural ‘seed corn’


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2014

Three Women at the Table by the Lamp, August Macke, 1912

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2014

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I have been reading more of The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr.  One of the things he correctly points out is that industry prefers to make automation more efficient and require less labor.  This is the phenomenon of capital replacing labor.  The other option is to make machines that improve the quality of production which require human input.

I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also spent some time checking for missing books that had holds.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.  Some of the more popular books which we got as gifts from authors like James Patterson and Zane are being processed.

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library are bringing in an antiques appraiser on December 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. who is going to be doing appraisals in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room.

I read a copy of Booklist.  There is a book which I am hoping to read which is coming out in January, 2015, Tesla A Portrait With Masks by Vladimir Pistalo translated by Bogdan Raki and John Jeffries.  Tesla is very enigmatic.

Web Bits

Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) Graphic Novels Reading List K-8

A Field Trip to America’s Public Libraries