Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2013

Cover of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle. First edition.1892

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2013

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

On the way to work, I read some more of Daniel Goleman's Focus. I am reading about pattern recognition or the ability to recognize patterns in large amounts of data. This would be things like seeing the path of an epidemic, or figuring out how to sail between islands by common signs like birds, plants in the water, sea currents, and wind direction.

This morning, I checked the displays and the gift books.

Some more books were added to the holiday collection which is on display on Hanukkah. We have books on Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah on display right now. Also, the holiday music collection is out. There is going to be a holiday tree lighting on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. The Mount Vernon Interfaith Choir will be singing.

I spent some time updating different slideshow widgets of new books for our website in Bookletters today; African American fiction, Historical Fiction, Job Information Center, New Nonfiction, New Fiction, and Graphic Novels were updated. I like that you can both email out lists of books to a mailing list and post lists of books to Facebook from Bookletters. We have been working on improving our main Bookletters page with a new menu bar at the top.

I also spent some time weeding in the oversize books.

On the way home, I read some more of Focus. Daniel Goleman is describing how memory and concentration improve attention. Thus memory exercises, meditation, and actions which strengthen memory like reciting poetry, deep breathing exercises, and long distance running improve attention.

Web Bits

NPR's Book Concierge Our Guide to 2013's Great Reads

14 Literary Posters That Turn Famous Authors' Words Into Art

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