Friday, May 25, 2018

Daily Thoughts 05/25/2018

Daily Thoughts 05/25/2018

I checked the Twitter and Facebook this morning.

They put me in charge of the building today.  It is not something which I find exciting.  My goal when this happens is for the patrons to have a peaceful, pleasant, enjoyable day without incident or excitement.

Web Bits

PBS Unveils the Great American Reads' 100 Most Loved Books

Bill Gates Wrestles Big Questions With Five Books That Make Up His Summer Reading List

We Took Our Young Children on a Library World Tour and it Was Marvelous

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Daily Thoughts 05/24/2018

Girl Reading,  Nikolaos Gyzis, 1898

Daily Thoughts 05/24/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis.  The last part was on diplomacy focusing on Isaiah Berlin.

I also started reading Superminds The Surprising Power of People and Computers Thinking Together by Thomas W. Malone.  One of the major new advantages of computers is that you can get large groups of people to work together on a single problem from all over the world very easily.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I read a copy of Booklist.

There was a program today on the African American Cemetery in Rye from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It was kind of interesting.  There are numerous civil war veterans buried in the cemetery as well as some men who served on ironclad ships.

We also had a program on Smart Phones and tablets in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

I brought in the Community Development Block Grant in to city hall today which focuses on teen computers.  I have a second part which focuses on disability access.  I spent some time working on this tonight.

Web Bits

NBF To Expand Its Literary Programming

Core Competencies for Acquisitions Professionals

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Daily Thoughts 05/23/2018

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 Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), 19th century, Scholars Books and Objects (Chaekkeori)

Daily Thoughts 05/23/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of On Grand Strategy on the way to work.  I am reading about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his decision to work with Stalin.

I am looking at the book Superminds The Surprising Power of People And Computers Thinking Together by Thomas W. Malone.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I printed up the sign up sheets for the computer classes and wrote a letter for a volunteer.

Web Bits

US Public Schools Have Lost 20% of their Librarians Since 2000

Reversing the Slide in Voter Support BackTalk

Which Musical Instruments Can You Now Check Out from the Brooklyn Public Library? An Explainer.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Daily Thoughts 05/22/2018

An Old Woman Dozing Over a Book, 1655, Nicolaes Maes

Daily Thoughts 05/22/2018

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this afternoon.

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

I worked on some orders for new books.

On the way to work, I read some more of Principles.  I am reading about why it is important to have transparency and honesty inside an organization.

I read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review as well as the Times Literary Supplement.

I spent some time talking to a visitor from Los Angeles Public Library named Peggy Murphy who had once been a page at the Mount Vernon Public Library.  She is now the manager for electronic collections at Los Angeles Public Library.  It was an interesting conversation.  We are both going to Book Expo America with VIP passes.

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

Web Bits

What Exactly Is A Cozy Mystery?

Here are the Winners of the 2018 Nebula Award

Different Bernstein Takes at WNO, Library of Congress Concerts

Monday, May 21, 2018

Daily Thoughts 05/21/2018

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Antonio Machado y su musa, retrato de Antonio Machado (1875 - 1939), en el oleo modernista de Leandro Oroz Lacalle (1883 - 1933).

Daily Thoughts 05/21/2018

My computer screen went out on Sunday. This morning, I took the computer and monitor to the repair shop.  They confirmed that the monitor was dead.  I got a new monitor at Target and set it up this morning.  I also got an external hard drive to increase memory for the computer.

Having no computer access can make me a little antsy.

This is why I did not post yesterday.  I also took some time to look through my paperwork.

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

Last night, I got some extra reading done.  I read more of On Grand Strategy.  I am reading about Clausewitz's descritpion of the Napoleonic wars versus Tolstoys description of the Napoleonic wars.  It shows two very different persepctives on the same war.

I also read some more of Principles.  I am reading about why it is important to have multiple ways to bring in money in a business.

There is an article in the Mount Vernon Inquirer about a special event which the Mount Vernon Public Library is supporting.

ArtsWestchester to present a free evening of West African dance and drumming in Mt. Vernon