Thursday, November 15, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2018

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Maurice Poirson, Vichy, la sieste dans le parc au bord de l'Allier / La lecture et la méditation / Le repos, 1880

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of Healing the Angry Brain.  I am reading about different ways to calm anger and irritation.  Activities like progressive relaxation, mindfulness meditation, and deep breathing are discussed.  Also, how to break off from confrontation is described as well as how angry thinking is poor thinking.  I am almost at the end of the book which has material on empathy and compassion.

Web Bits

Testifying to the Power of Hip Hop at the New York Public Library

Acevedo, Nunez, Reed, Stewart, and Tawada/Mitsutani  Win National Book Awards

Library Book Clubs Can Change Lives

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2018

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Enough / Frank A. Nankivell 1902. 

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Places That Scare You.  I am reading about compassion and loving-kindness meditation.

I also read some more of Healing the Angry Brain.  I am reading about neuroplasticity or how the brain changes with repeated activities over time.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read the latest Ingram Advance.  There was a special issue for Professional, Technical, Reference and Computer Books 2018.

I also put in for two orders of books.

I spent some time preparing for next months schedule.  We also discussed programs for March, April, and May.

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

I checked out the book, Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells today.

We finished putting in a display for Stan Lee near the rotunda.

Web Bits

Troy Library adds C-Pen Readers, Devices that Scan, Read Text Aloud

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2018

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Parizanka Pismom, Ivana Kobilca, 1892

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read The Painted Art Journal 24 Projects for Creating Visual Narrative by Jeanne Oliver.  I often read these books to learn about different art techniques.  I find it interesting reading about gesso, image transfers, painting and other artistic techniques.  It helps me understand what patrons want.  I am not a painter.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I also placed some orders for new books.

I printed up some more business and computer bookmarks.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

I spent some time looking at books that are not in the system.

I updated the ADP scheduling for my department.

We are doing a comics display for Stan Lee who just died.

I read through the latest copies of Library Journal and Booklist today.

I also checked out the book, The Organized Mind Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class tonight and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Impresario, Dies at 95

Pick Up A Book and Pedal As More Montreal Libraries Get Bicycle Desks

Amazon Picks NYC, Arlington VA as New HQ Sites

Monday, November 12, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2018

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A butcher's boy, reading to improve his mind, is so absorbed in his book that his delivery of meat is stolen by a passer-by. Coloured etching by T.L. Busby, 1826

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also spent a little bit more time looking at STEAM programs.  Arts Westchester has some STEAM programs in its calendar.

I read some more of The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron. This book is about an active form of Buddhist meditation which brings compassion into every day life.

I also read some more of Healing The Angry Brain.  The author describes a model for a cycle of anger and gives an example of improperly handling anger and an example of properly handling anger.

Web Bits

A Look at Why The Stark County Library Levy Failed

Book Art: Repurposing Is the New Recycling

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2018

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Charles Dickens 1812-1870, picture from Journeys Through Bookland by Charles Herbert Sylvester, 1922

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2018

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

I also read some of The Places That Scare You A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron.  This is a book on buddhism.  I usually don't discuss certain topics on this blog.  I used to order the non western religion books while I was at Brooklyn Public Library in the History Biography and Religion section of the library.

I also read some of Healing the Angry Brain How Understanding the Way Your Brain Works Can Help You Control Anger & Aggression by Ronald Potter-Efron.  I am reading about how the brain works.  Ronald Potter-Efron describes the a model of the cycle of how emotions process through the brain.  He describes how it is possible to become much more aware of how you are reacting emotionally.

Last night, I skimmed through a copy of Marketing the 21st Century Library, The Time Is Now by Debra Lucas-Alfieri, Elsevier Science 2015.  I downloaded it on my smart phone through Total Boox which is a service available through the Westchester Library System.  It only works on devices like smart phones and tablets, not desktops.

I watched a short animated DVD of Robin Hood based on the Howard Pyle book published by Dreamscape Video.  I am finding much of their animation to be very interesting.  Dreamscape Video also published a short DVD called Ada's Ideas: the story of Ada Lovelace, the worlds first computer programmer which also was very enjoyable to watch.

I watched a presentation on creating a Comic Con for libraries.  This is the PDF that goes with it.

I checked the Purchase Alerts for items on hold.

I also finished my monthly report covering October.

Web Bits

Library Stories-- Susan Orlena-- Guest Editor

Trove of War Posters Discovered at New Hampshire Library

Omaha Public Library: Cook Up Something New With The Help of the Library

10 AM Tuesday: Superhero Storytime @ Thomas Ford Library