Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Daily Thoughts 06/10/2015

Portrait of Jacques Villon - Marcel Duchamp
Portrait of Jacques Villon, Marcel Duchamp, 1905

Daily Thoughts 06/10/2015

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

On the way to work, I read some more of Beyond Our Future In Space.  I am reading about space colonization.  Part of this is the different resources that might be available on Mars and the moon.  The moon is supposed to have deposits of water ice and Helium-3.  Helium-3 is supposed to be useful for powering fusion.  Also, the moon base could possibly be built from regolith or moon rock.  On Mars, it is supposedly possible to build shelters out of martian rock as well as mine for fuel.

We had a Planning Committee meeting in the morning where we discussed strategy for the library as well as analyzing the survey and creating some focus groups to discuss long term plans.

There was a group who was interested in local history so I spent some time looking up information on the Doles Center in Mount Vernon.  There is going to be a documentary on the Doles Center.  Robert Doles was a local African American pastor.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also spent some time checking the 130s.

There is a Microsoft Excel class today focusing on formulas and macros from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On the way home, I read some more of Beyond Our Future in Space. Chris Impey writes about settling Mars and the moon.  He also discusses the possibility of eventually leaving the solar system for extrasolar planets.  Part of this discussion is about exotic propulsion systems like solar systems, beamed propulsion, and nuclear propulsion. 

Web Bits

It's All About Education: Reading for Pleasure Predicts Academic Success

Do People Need Libraries in the Digital Age?

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