Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/30/2015


Daily Thoughts 01/30/2015

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, I handed out the chapbooks to the students of the Mount Vernon Poetry Workshop.  This completes a project where there were 12 classes on poetry including a final student reading and a chapbook published at the end.  It is something that I have wanted to do for a while.

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.  I also checked the gift books and the displays.  I spent some time working on the oversize 600s.

I also did some followup on some future programming and displays.   There is a teacher for Zentangles which is kind of interesting.   A colleague is working on a display for African American films.  In addition I did a little follow up on patron requests made for material through email.

I finished reading The World of Raymond Chandler.  I liked the quotes, the over 100 pictures, and the content.  It was a very satisfying read about a classic hard boiled mystery writer.

I put in an order for e-books today.

On the way home, I read some more of The Whispering Storm.  Michael Moorcock has escaped to alternate place in London which he calls Alsacia where he sleeps and carouses with Moll Midnight away from his wife and family.  It is a bit uncomfortable reading.  Alsacia for Michael Moorcock is a place outside of time in a different world.

I find this a little uncomfortable.  It is easy enough if you look in the right places to find ways to live off the grid without electricity and partake of various unusual lifestyles from hippy communes to religious communities.  Alsacia reminds me of many of the excesses which occur around fantasy fandom from medieval mysticism to practicing broadsword fencing in padded armor to drunken costume parties.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/29/2015

Russians Reading and Writing, 1861, Utagawa Yoshikazu

Daily Thoughts 01/29/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

On the way to work, I read some more of The World of Raymond Chandler.  I liked his hard boiled descriptions of Los Angeles.  They appeal to me because of my strong dislike of Los Angeles and Hollywood. I also really like the pictures with Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Howard Hawks, Veronica Lake, and others.  The quotes from Raymond Chandler's correspondence make the book excellent as well.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  A colleague is working on a display for African American films for February.

I talked to Gale about two ebook collections, a collection on jobs and careers, and a collection on travel books.  I also asked about Career Online High School which is a program from Gale that is a certified online high school.  http://www.careeronlinehs.gale.com/the-program/

I also had a chance to start evaluating the Consumer Technology Library from Proquest which is a collection of computer related e-books.

Westchester Library System recently purchased a new set of databases and online learning tools for us to use, Flipster which is a magazine database which currently has a subscription to 12 popular electronic magazines, Novelist which is a readers advisory tool, Lynda.com which is an online video learning service, and Fashion University which is a collection of material to learn sewing and fashion.

I spent some time working with the oversize 600s.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Excel computer class in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/28/2015


Daily Thoughts 01/28/2015

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

On the way to work, I read a bit more of The Whispering Storm.  I am reading about Michael Moorcock visiting New York for a science fiction convention.  I also read some more of The World of Raymond Chandler.  I am reading about Philip Marlow, Raymond Chandler's fictional detective.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I put a few posters out for Black History Month.  I also put together a few more chapbooks.  The students are coming to pick up their chapbooks this evening.

I have a copy of the Times Literary Suppment to read.  I also have a copy of Publishers Weekly.

Day of Dialog from Library Journal registration starts today.
http://lj.libraryjournal.com/dayofdialog/#_

I spent some time working on next weeks book order.

Web Bits

Paper is back: Why 'real' Books are on the Rebound
http://www.geekwire.com/2015/paper-back-real-books-rebound/

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/27/2015

Cropped Screen Shot from the Trailer of the film, Double Indemnity

Daily Thoughts 01/27/2015

I read some more of the Whispering Storm today by Michael Moorcock as well as The World of Raymond Chandler.

I checked the library Twitter and Facbook this morning.

There is a foot of snow outside and the library is closed.  I watched The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland to pass some time.

Web Bits


Walter Dean Myers: ‘Once I Began to Read, I Began to Exist’

We Must Defend Public Libraries from a Market Based Ideological Framework


Monday, January 26, 2015

Daily Thoughts 01/26/2015


Daily Thoughts 01/26/2015

I am enjoying reading The Whispering Storm by Michael Moorcock.  I am reading about a strange experience which Michael Moorcock is not sure is real or a hallucination where meets one of the fantasy characters he writes about called Moll Midnight.

I checked the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the library this morning.  I also checked the displays and the gift books.  We are closing early today because of a big snowstorm at noon.

I have to send in the graphic novels grant in this morning.  It is snowing heavily outside and I have to get on the train back home before it stops running.

I put in an order for new books today.  The new February Bookpage came in for me to read. I also picked up a few posters from the business office for Black History Month which is this February.

My train ride from work home was quite long.  I had a chance to read some of The World of Raymond Chandler.  Raymond Chandler did not start writing mystery stories for money until he was in his 40s.  There are some interesting pictures of Erle Stanley Gardner and Dashiell Hammett as well as James M. Cain in the book so far.  Raymond Chandler is often considered to be the most literary of the hard boiled detective writers.

I also read some more of The Whispering Storm.  I am reading about Michael Moorcock's first marriage.  I learned that one of Michael Moorcock's mentors was Mervyn Peake.  I am not that fond of Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake's most famous novel.  The writing is beautiful, but a little too dark for my tastes.



Web Bits

Evolution for Libraries In Brooklyn Plans for Brooklyn Branches Have Merit
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/arts/plans-for-brooklyn-branches-have-merit.html?_r=0