Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/22/2017


Daily Thoughts 05/22/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Stress Proof Brain.  I am reading about the difference between controllable stressors and stressors which you have no control of.

I called Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D)  in support of the IMLS today.


Web Bits


Stapleton Library in Staten Island


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/21/2017

The Story Hour - Lilla Cabot Perry
Lila Cabot Perry, The Story Hour, 1921

Daily Thoughts 05/21/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Stress Proof Brain on the way home last night.  Melanie Greenberg, PhD includes numerous meditative exercises in this book including grounding exercises to bring people back into the moment and exercises to observe your own emotions.

I spent some time looking at Ebooks Today with 3M and Overdrive.

I also checked the purchase alerts.

Web Bits


10 Ways Reading More Makes You An Excellent Employee

Community Vision Library Design 2017

Build Relationships to Advance Advocacy


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/20/2017

Index
Affiche américaine pour la Revue "The Chap-Book".Marx, Roger, 1859-1913 (Author of introduction, etc.)  Bradley, Will (1868-1962) (Artist)

Daily Thoughts 05/20/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

There is an Acrylic Painting Class today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

I spent some time checking my budget for books.  I also worked on some orders for new books.  In addition, I spent some time working on an e-book order.

I did a little work getting ready information for an immigration program.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/19/2017


Gerrit Van Vucht, Still Life With Books, Between 1658 and 1697

Daily Thoughts 05/19/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books today.  We have gotten in a lot of new books lately.

I also put in some orders for books.

I spent some time discussing staffing.

I also printed a few flyers.

I discussed a program on immigration.

I also checked on the computer lab.

I am looking at the pictures in Mad Enchantment Claude Monet and The Paintings of the Water Lilies by Ross King.  It is a very pretty book.

On the way home, I read some of The Stress Proof Brain Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenberg, PhD. I spent some time identifying stressors in my life.  There is a section on meditation practices focused on mindfulness.

Web Bits

The Librarian of Congress Weighs In On Why Card Catalogs Matter

The Library of Books and Bombs





Thursday, May 18, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/18/2017


Still Life With Books, Henri Matisse, 1890
Daily Thoughts 05/18/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We are working on a grant for a teen computer space.

I spent some time working on programming this morning.

The Growing and Aging Program is tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Excel class in the computer lab tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits 


Graphic Design on a Shoestring

Major Companies Expand Effort to Support Federal Library Funding

Businesses Unite to Fight for Library Funding


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/17/2017


Books and Cards, Reisai, Japanese 18th-19th Century

Daily Thoughts 05/17/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way home from work, I read some more of We Have No Idea.  I am reading about particle physics and the periodic table of the elements.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I am reading a copy of Library Journal and the latest Ingram Advance right now.

I spent some time checking biography books and 600s.

There was a makeup session for the Senior Memoir Writing Class this morning.

I spent some time discussing a possible local authors day in August with Peter Sherrill who publishes local authors.

The book, Seasteading How Floating Nations  Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians by Joe Quirk with Patri Friedman came in for me to read.  It is pure pie in the sky mixed with bluesky thinking.

There is a Wordpress class from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab tonight.

Web Bits


Libraries Are Dropping Overdue Fines But Can They Afford To?

House Votes to Limit Powers of First Black Librarian of Congress
http://www.blackpressusa.com/house-votes-to-limit-powers-of-first-black-librarian-of-congress/

Libraries Are For Everyone 

Queens Library, A Welcoming Place With Open Doors

Queens Library Libraries AreFor Everyone Campaign

Libraries Are For Everyone Artwork


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/16/2017

Hotel Lobby - Edward Hopper
Hotel Lobby, Edward Hopper, 1943

Daily Thoughts 05/16/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I rested on the way to work.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I arranged for Better World Books to pick up the leftovers items from the book sale.

The Crochet Group is today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I have a copy of the Ingram Advance to read and a copy of the New York Times Book Review to read.

There is also a Fundamentals of Computers Class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Beginning Microsoft Word class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

I spent a little time looking at a grant from Best Buy.

Web Bits


British Artist Visits 16 Lost Libraries Along the Silk Road

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/15/2017


Daily Thoughts 05/15/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read a little bit more of We Have No Idea this morning. I also finished reading Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong as an e-book.

Web Bits


NYC Libraries Plagued by Leaky Roofs, Poor Electrical Systems, Report Says
http://www.amny.com/news/nyc-libraries-plagued-by-leaky-roofs-poor-electrical-systems-report-says-1.13634992

Reorganizing the Executive Branch
https://www.whitehouse.gov/reorganizing-the-executive-branch#page
I put in my two cents about keeping the IMLS Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/14/2017

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Davoser Cafe - 1928.jpg
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Davoser Cafe, 1928

Daily Thoughts 05/14/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of We Have No Idea A Guide to the Unknown Universe by George Cham and Daniel White.  I am reading about dark energy and dark matter which make up 95% of the universe.  Very little is known about either dark energy or dark matter.

I also started reading Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong.  This is an interfaith book which draws from taoism, buddhism, judaism, christianity, and islam to discuss compassion and how to be more compassionate.  I am reading it online in my browser in Overdrive.

I spent a little time thinking about doing an Author Fair at the library.


Web Bits

Forest of the Future Library
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/forest-of-the-future-library


Corona Del Mar 'fibrary'-- Firehouse Library Combo-- Could be Revived

Getting Your Beets and Books at the Library
This is a program which the Mount Vernon Public Library is participating In.

Messages of Inclusion
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2017/05/01/libraries-respond-messages-of-inclusion/


Argentina's Page Turner: How a Canadian Author Became the Leader of a Library Revolution
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/argentina-alberto-manguel-national-library/article34966600/

Where Anti-Tax Fervor Will Mean All Services Will Cease
Some people just don't way to pay taxes which is the base for public libraries.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/13/2017

NEWSPAPER - Cassandre
Newspaper (1934), Cassandre

Daily Thoughts 05/13/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Utopia for Realists this morning.  I am reading about how opening borders would increase wealth.  I also read about how machines will inceasingly replace peoples jobs.

I watched the movie Snowden today on dvd.  I find some of the story to not be believable.  I also watched the film, The Arrival last night which I thought was fantastic.  There were pieces of it that were very subtle and well thought out.

This afternoon, I finished reading Utopia for Realists How We Can Build The Ideal World by Rutger Bregman.  It is a challenge to the left to create a new platform for change focused on on poverty elimination, a guaranteed basic income, a shortened work week with solutions to the race against the machine, and a utopian belief in open borders.  The book had a lot of ideas written into a coherent political platform for change.  It was a mix of realism and impractical political idealism which will interest many people.  Rutger Bregman is Dutch so his viewpoint is different than the American left..  He is a proponent for basic income in Europe.

Web Bits


Corporate Champions Urge Senators to Support FY 18 Library Funding

Friday, May 12, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/12/2017

Reading of Love, He being by - Robert Bateman
Reading of Love, He Being By, Robert Bateman 1874

Daily Thoughts 05/12/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some of Utopia for Realists.  The author tackles subjects like a guaranteed basic income and poverty relief.  He makes the argument that it is cheaper to provide counseling and housing than leave people homeless on the streets for the police, social workers, and courts to deal with.

On the train to work, I read some more of Utopia for Realists.  I am reading about how GDP (Gross Domestic Product) can include many detrimental aspects of an economy.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

Today is the Book and Bake Sale for the Friends of the Mount Vernon Public Library.  I had a brownie and some coffee.  I also bought the book, Space Flight Satellites, Space Ships, Space Stations, and Space Travel Explained by Dr. Carsbie C. Adams.  The book is from 1958.  There are pictures of V-2 Rockets, missiles, and early proposed moon rockets.

Right now, I am in the computer lab.

I spent some time training a new person on the reference desk.

I also spent a little time working on a grant for teen computers.


Web Bits


A Better Way to Get Kids In The Library Stop Fining Them

Bookseller Suing California Over 'Autograph Law'

The Amazing Story of Kentucky's Horseback Librarians
http://archiveproject.com/the-horseback-librarians-of-eastern-kentucky-10-photos

                                                                             

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/11/2017

Bouquet of Dahlias and White Book - Henri Matisse
Bouquet of Dahlias and White Book, Henri Matisse, 1923

Daily Thoughts 05/11/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Deviate.  I am reading about how meditation and self reflective practices allow us to stop acting automatically for a little while.  This allows us to re-evaluate or rethink our past and create new opportunities in the future.  On the train to work, I finished reading Deviate The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto.  I am going to look through it again, because I liked many of the ideas.  I think Beau Lotto had some ideas that were different in this book.  It is the kind of book where you have to go through it three of four times to get some of the points.

I also started reading Utopia for Realists How We Can Build the Ideal World by Rutger Bregman.  Rutger Bregman discusses the medieval European utopia of "Cockaigne" where food, wine, and necessities are readily available to everyone and then compares it to our time.  He is setting the tone for the book.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.  I also checked out the book, We Have No Idea A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson.

I looked through a copy of the latest Times Literary Supplement.

The Growing and Aging Program is tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fiction Room.  The program went well.

I spent some time working on scheduling today.

I also put in some orders for books.

I did the final piece for the Mount Vernon Arts Initiative grant.




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/10/2017


Daily Thoughts 05/10/2017


I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.


On the way to work, I read some more of Deviate.  I am reading about how the best way to change the future is to reinterpret how you experienced the past.  The author also describes how to ask questions which challenge your assumptions.


There was a Senior Memoir Class this morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Fiction Room.  We are having Reverend Leslie L. Booker read from her poetry book, Psalms for the 21st Century tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


I checked the gift books and the displays.  I also read through a copy of Booklist and the latest New York Review of Books.


I checked out the book, Utopia for Realists How We Can Build The Ideal World by Rutger Bregman.

I am looking at the book, How To Create Your Own Gig Posters Band T-Shirts Album Covers and Stickers.  Screenprinting, Photocopy Art, Mixed-Media Collage, and Other Guerrilla Poster Styles by Ruthann Godollei.  It has a radical print shop feeling to it.  They have some interesting pictures.  I like the examples of people using car tires to make prints as well as stamping with found objects.


I also printed a few more flyers.



Web Bits

Does Meeting Authors Make Us Better Librarians
http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/meeting-authors-make-us-better-librarians/

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/09/2017

Theatrical Rehearsal in the House of an Ancient Rome Poet - Gustave Boulanger
Theatrical Rehearsal in the House of Ancient Roman Poet, Gustave Boulanger, 1855

Daily Thoughts 05/09/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Deviate on the way home. The book draws on the latest neuroscience.  I am reading about how the brain does not reflect reality.  Our senses create a world which is useful to us, but cannot fully view the whole world.  For example, dogs have better hearing and birds can see electromagnetic radiation.  Also, we create stories about how the world works.  These stories are useful and consistent, but have very little to do with being truthful.  Beau Lotto, the author demonstrates this with a variety of optical illusions and philosophical games throughout the book.  In other words, we create delusions that help us handle everyday life.  Beau Lotto also describes how we view the world internally can be as real as the outside world.  This is why visualization in sports and other activities can be so useful.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

We had the crochet group today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..  A lot of new material is coming in for the new books area.

I spent some time working on programming today.

I got my free VIP Pass to Book Expo America.  I am very much looking forward to it.  A colleague is going to Book Con which is the consumer convention which follows Book Expo America.  http://www.thebookcon.com/

Web Bits

How People Fit Libraries Into Their Lives
http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/03/30/how-people-fit-libraries-into-their-lives/

Monday, May 8, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/08/2017

Freedom, I write your name - Fernand Leger
Freedom, I Write Your Name, Fernand Leger, 1953

Daily Thoughts 05/08/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays this morning.

I also did a little work on ordering.

I looked over some of the 600s today.

I also looked up a few graphic novel people for a program in September.  In addition, I checked some vendors for the Adult Summer Reading program.  I have more programming things to work on.

Web Bits


Harvard Library Fines No More


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/07/2017

Francis Luis Mora - Subway riders in NYC.jpg
F. Luis Mora, Subway Riders In New York City, 1913

Daily Thoughts 05/07/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I have been reading more of Deviate.  I am reading about how the brain is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.  A stimulating environment improves brain function.

Web Bits


Obama Pioneers A New Approach to the Presidential Library

Carla Hayden's Big Plan for Kids at the Library of Congress


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/06/2017

Papyrus or Paper Reed Growing in the Ciane, Sicily - Marianne North
Papyrus or Paper Reed Growing in the Ciane, Sicily, Marianne North, 1870

Daily Thoughts 05/06/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also looked at the Brooklyn Public Library New Arrivals section and Queens Library New Arrivals section.

I read some more of Deviate this morning.  I am reading about how people can interpret the same color in different ways.  Quite often people do not see exactly the same thing when they look at an object.

Web Bits


Librarians In the 21st Century It Is Becoming Impossible to Remain Neutral

Why Aren't More Big Donors Giving to Public Libraries?


Friday, May 5, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/05/2017

The Reader, Grace Cossington, 1916
Daily Thoughts 05/05/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

I put in an order for large print books.  I am working on an order for books on professional development for librarians.

I spent some time discussing the computer classes.

I also printed up some flyers.

I read the New York Times Bestseller List and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list today.

Two books came in for me to read, All Systems Red The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells and Deviate The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto.

I have been looking at professional books for librarianship as well.

On the way home, I read All Systems Red The Murderbot Diaries.  This was a story with some challenging ideas.  The main character is a security android who has subverted its program so it can watch entertainment videos and ignore some of the commands given to it.  There is a theme in the story of what it means to be free and be able to make choices.  The book is short, 149 pages and holds your attention.  I finished it on the way home.  It feels like a complete story.

I also started reading Deviate which is about how we perceive the world and how understanding that perception in terms of neuroscience can give us opportunities to innovate and change.

Web Bits


Mount Vernon Public Library Budget passed-- new trustee to be sworn

Back In the Big Apple BEA Preview 2017

Libraries are Fining Children Who Can't Afford to Be Without Books


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/04/2017

Still Life with Spherical Mirror - M.C. Escher
Still Life With Spherical Mirror, M.C. Escher, 1934

Daily Thoughts 05/04/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  I also put together some orders of books.  I am planning on placing an order for large print books next.  I will be looking at Random House Large Print and the McNaughton plan for books.

I also spent some time looking over the 800s and the 600s.

The film Home was shown today for Emotional Wellness Week.  It is an excellent independent film that show issues of mental illness in a down to earth manner.  http://www.homethefilm.com/

We also had the Growing and Aging program today from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..  It was mostly seniors who attended.  I was too young to answer a few of the questions.  One of the patrons brought some carrot cake.  This was a conversation supported by funding from Humanities New York.

I finished reading The Card Catalog, Books, Cards, Literary Treasures, The Library of Congress Foreword by Carla Hayden. This is a beautiful books.  It very much appeals to the old fashioned sense of antiquarian books.  The book contains many illustrations of classic book covers and title pages next to a catalog card fot the item from the Library of Congress. You get to see The Wizard of Oz,  The Fire Next Time, The Elements of Euclid, The Scarlett Letter A Romance, and many other classics throughout this book.  The book successfully describes the transition from catalog cards to computer punch cards and the early MARC records.  I enjoyed it.


Web Bits


Library Associations Turn Activists for April Marches
                                                                                                            

Books or Bombs: A Battle for the Soul of America

                                      
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/03/2017


Woman in Black Reading, Rik Wouters, 1912

Daily Thoughts 05/03/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the gift books and the displays.

We had the Senior Memoir Writing class this morning.

I met with Jim Swarz from Davidson Titles today and looked through a variety of books for ordering. 

I checked out the book, THE Card Catalog Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures The Library of Congress, Foreword by Carla Hayden.  This is a history of the Library Congress as it is shown through its card catalog from the beginning of the institution.


Web Bits


Proposed Spending Bill Would UP NEA, NEH Budgets


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/02/2017

Student with newspaper - Pablo Picasso
Student With Newspaper, Pablo Picasso, 1913

Daily Thoughts 05/02/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I spent some time working on a grant today.  I am almost ready to hand it in.

We had the Crochet Group today from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Quite a few people are signing up for the computer classes.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight.

I read a copy of the New York Times on the way home.

Web Bits


Fight For Libraries Despite Challenges, Advocacy Continues and Thrive

Spending Bill Includes $2 Million Increase for NEA After Trump Proposed Eliminating Funds

Institute of Museum and Library Services for Now Survives Trumps Effort to Kill It

How Ebooks Lost Their Shine 'Kindles Now Look Clunky and Unhip'

How a 'Tiny Car Wash' Helps the Boston Public Library Clear Dust from Its Millions of Books

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daily Thoughts 05/01/2017

Harold Harvey, 1920 - The new book.jpg
Harold Harvey, The New Book, 1919

Daily Thoughts 05/01/2017

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I placed a hold on the book Deviate The Science of Seeing Differently by Beau Lotto.

I am looking at the Community Conversation for Immigration from Humanities New York.


I looked at the Purchase Alerts last night for books.

I checked the gift books and the displays today.

I also did a little bit of work on ordering today.

I checked out the graphic novel, Paul Gaugin, The Other World by Fabrizio Dori.  It is a biographical story about Gaugin.  I read it on the train home.  It is a mix of Tahitian mythology, biography, and extreme artistic vision.  The artwork and storytelling is superb with vibrant colors and wonderful drawing.  I very much enjoyed reading this.  This book is part of a series.  I am hoping to read the graphic novel on Pablo Picasso next.

Web Bits

Thomas Bender: "The NEH Began Over 200 Careers in Libraries, Archives and More