Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Daily Thoughts 05/07/2014

Euclid, Jusepe de Ribera, between 1630 and 1635

Daily Thoughts 05/07/2014

This morning, I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I got an invitation to the BEA Book Bloggers Bash on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in the News Corp Headquarters from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Fox Sports Lounge.  It sounds a little interesting.

This morning, I finished reading Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung.  I like his description of how keeping spiritual secrets or joining secret societies can lead to inner hypocrisy and self doubt.  I also found his description of how a person can be destroyed from the inside by trying to keep two conflicting value systems at the same time.

I also read a little more of On the Edge.  Alison Levine is talking about networking in the context of mountain climbing.  She describes how making friends at the base camp can save your life because are more likely to help if you get in trouble on the mountain.  It is an excellent metaphor about success and failure.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also read the latest issue of Booklist and the latest New York Times Book Review.  I put the book To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo on hold which is a zombie apocalypse novel.

The Computer Lab was open from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today.  We are also starting to teach classes on Wednesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab.  Tonight is a Microsoft Excel class.

There is an unofficial tally of 77% yes for the budget vote.   This is for the 2015 budget.  It was a challenge. 

I spent some time talking with my colleagues about the Adult Summer Reading program.  We have to work this out as well as plans for the upcoming year.  I also spent a little time working on programming.

On the way home, I read some more of On The Edge.  Alison Levine is writing about complacency.  Her view is that it is alright to be afraid or uncertain.  It is not alright to not take time to prepare especially if you are trying to climb a mountain.  It is complacency in the board room which destroys companies, not fear.   On the Edge is going to be one of the book club choices for June 3 along with a A Walk In the Woods: Rediscovering America on Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

The unoffical results for the Mount Vernon Public Library Vote.
Proposition #1 - $4.35 million in funding        YES 1855         No 543

Candidates for 4 Library Board Trustee Seats:

Oscar Davis         1317

Darren Morton    1201

Brian Johnson     1101

Linda Bryant          864

Dawn Cancellieri     734

Chanese Coleman  688

David Ockene         633

Sidney Cooper        438

Jamie Pessin           401

Judith Furnari           27 (withdrew after ballots were printed)

The official, certified results should be available by early next week.

Web Bits

What I Told the American Library Association

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