Belleville, Illinois the public library was founded 1836 and probable the first in Illinois.
Daily Thoughts 11/20/2015
I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.
Last night, I finished reading The Rainbow Trail by Zane Grey. Zane Grey is one of the few western writers that are still popular. People also still read Louis L'Amour and Max Brand. William W. Johnstone and Joe Lansdale are two modern western writers that are still popular. I like reading Joe Lansdale quite a bit.
I checked the displays this morning. I also spent some time talking to people about upcoming programming. We will be showing the short film Ellis on December 19, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
I also talked to Better World Books about their services.
I finished writing the Final Report for the Latino Americans 500 Years of History grant. It was a summary of all the different activities we had around the grant.
Sometimes, you see things that are kind of inexplicable. This article was in the Journal News. It is baffling to me in some ways. It left me speechless.
Mount Vernon Tower Developers Await City Agreement.
An earlier description is even more baffling.
There is even a video. It looks like it is in an imaginary city.
On the way home, I read a very short, philosophical novel of 101 pages called Memory Theater by Simon Critchley. It has a slightly feverish, hallucinatory quality to it. The book is a mix of philosophy, mysticism, hermeticism, and astrology.
The main theme of the novel is memory as represented in the memory palace and the memory theater. There is a description of the Globe Theater of Shakespeare as a device for memory.
The writer of the novel, Simon Critchley is the protagonist. He receives boxes from a dead professor which contain the professors works. This leads him down a hypothetical path into memory, hallucination, and philosophy.
They're Watching You Read-- Francine Prose
Rising to the Challenge Reenvisioning Public Libraries-- Aspen Institute
Wonder Follows Wonder as British Library Celebrates Alice's 150th Birthday