Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daily Thoughts 04/10/2014

Man Reading A Newspaper, John Plumbe, Jr. American, Daguerrotype About 1842 from the Getty Collection which has an open access policy for public domain works.

Daily Thoughts 04/10/2014

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

I also read the graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters.  It was both entertaining and informative.  The author drew heavily from history, including many historical people like Eugene Jaques Bullard, James Reese Europe, and Henry Johnson.  This is the story of the 369th regiment in World War I which was an African American regiment.  The regiment showed incredible heroism, and fought in many battles.  Henry Johnson, was the sole American to receive the French Cross of War.  At the end of the book, there is a bibliography of works which were used to create this graphic novel as well as some photographs.

The graphic novel is black and white with lots of detail in it.  There is constant action.  The story is one of African Americans facing racism and terrible conditions from one side while fighting in World War I on the other side.  It compares the attitude of the French with the attitudes of the Americans towards African American troops.

The battle scenes are tremendous.  There is trench warfare, artillery barrages, poison gas attacks, barbed wire, and all the horrors of war from close combat, to charging machine gun nests, to ambushes.  Equally interesting is the story of the battlefield with wounded soldiers, rats, and other horrors of war.

Max Brooks writes a superb story.  He also wrote World War Z and  The Zombie Survival Guide.  Canaan White did an excellent job of illustration.  The script was originally for a movie, but became a graphic novel.

I checked the displays and worked a bit on flyers.  I also did a bit more work with the oversize books today.  A colleague is doing a display on autism which is quite nice.

Tomorrow I am going to the Urban Librarians Conference at Grand Army Plaza which is the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library.  It is in the S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture.  There should be a few people from the New York Librarians Meetup coming which will be a nice thing to see.

Articles and Sites on the library vote and trustees.

Become A Library Trustee-- Mount Vernon Inquirer

Mount Vernon Inquirer Library Vote

Mount Vernon Fund Our Libraries

Mount Vernon Taxpayers for a Stronger Library

Web Bits

ALA to Participate in IMLS Hearings on Libraries and Broadband

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