Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/11/2019


"DAILY SCANDAL MONGER" Criticism of journalism in 1897 art detail, from- The "new journalism" beats him - Ehrhart. 

Daily Thoughts 12/11/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Intelligent Investor, The Revised Edition by Benjamin Graham Preface and Appendix by Warren E. Buffet, Updated With New Commentary by Jason Zweig.  This is a classic book on investing.  It is the second time I have read this book.  The last part of this book is about different investors who used value investing successfully.

This morning, there is an early meeting for the staff at 9:30 a.m.

I finished writing my monthly report.

The staff meeting went well.  We discussed the payroll system, hiring more people, and the upcoming budget.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some of the material in the mezzanine.

We worked on shifting some books on the main floor of the library.

I discussed some science books to purchase.

I started reading Behavioral Finance What Everyone Needs to Know by H. Kent Baker, Greg Filbeck, and John R. Nofsinger.

Web Bits


Preparing My Library for the 2020 Census




Preparing Your Library for the 2020 Census-- Youtube Video



Bill Gates' Top Five Holiday Book Picks



Iowa Man Spends Months In Library to Become Teacher


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/10/2019

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The Census At Bethlehem, Peter Breughel The Younger, Between 1579 and 1638

Daily Thoughts 12/10/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about a variety of stocks to not invest in.

I shifted some books on the main floor of the library.

I checked a few books in the mezzanine.

There is a meeting of the Complete Count Committee for the Census which a colleague and I are going to at noon.

The meeting was interesting.  We joined the subcommittee for CBO's Community Based Organizations.

I looked through the latest copy of the New York Review of Books.

The Crochet Group is having their holiday party today for members.  The room is packed.

Web Bits


Public Libraries, Events and Book Sales, A Panorama Projects Survey

Chinese To Punish Library Officials for Burning Books- But Only Because They Did It In Public

The Library’s AI Chatbot Can Help You Pick a Book and Stream Movies


Monday, December 9, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/09/2019


Box for Books With Waterfall, Japan, 16th Century

Daily Thoughts 12/09/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about why an index fund beats most investors.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I looked through the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.  It is the giant holiday issue.

I shifted some books on the main floor of the library.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I looked through a copy of Library Journal.

The Intergenerational Games Night program is tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 and a Fundamentals of Computers class in the Computer Lab.

Web Bits


Britain Has Closed Almost 800 Libraries Since 2010, Figures Show

Boston Public Library Considers Adding Apartments to 4 Library Branches


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Dialy Thoughts 12/8/2019

Flag of the Most Serene Republic of Venice

Daily Thoughts 12/08/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about how to compare different companies and decide which ones are the better ones to invest in.

Web Bits


The World's Most Beautiful Libraries: Stuttgart City Library

Behind Amazon's Doors Is A Library

“Rosa Park In Her Own Words:” Reveals The Real Person Behind the Icon

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/07/2019

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Memento Mori 'To This Favour' by William Michael Harnett, c. 1879

Daily Thoughts 12/07/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am learning about accounting tricks in publicly traded companies.  There is a reminder to read the fine print in the annual reports.

I took a few moments to look at the Diamond Comic Book Distributors list of the Top 100 Graphic Novels for October 2019.
https://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/597?articleID=236985

I checked the displays.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I worked on shifting some books in the main floor nonfiction collection.

We discussed some future ideas for the budget.

Teen Tech Week has been replaced with a month long celebration called Teentober.
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teentober-web-graphics

Web Bits


Retired?  Head to Your Local Library

Inside Odd Obsession:  Chicago’s Volunteer Run Video Library

Friday, December 6, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/06/2019

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Vogue magazine cover, November 1st, 1915: Women sitting in a forest, by George Wolfe Plank

Daily Thoughts 12/06/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I finished reading Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Philip A. Fisher.  It is a classic on how to invest in growth stocks.  I had read it earlier.  This is my second reading of the book.  It is both practical and conservative in its investing philosophy.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked some of the books in the mezzanine.

I worked some more on shifting the books on the main floor of the library.

Web Bits


Westchester Libraries Are Moving Beyond Books and Becoming Cultural and Community Centers

Public Libraries Bridge The Digital Divide

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/05/2019

Frank Bramley - Delicious Solitude 1909.jpgDelicious Solitude, Frank Bramley, 1909

Daily Thoughts 12/05/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about how to choose a stock adviser.

I also read some more of Conservative Investors Sleep Well at Night.  I am reading about what the right price to buy a stock at is.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I did a little shifting of books on the main floor.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I spent a little time working on programming.

There was a Holiday Candle Tin Craft today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room today.

There was also a class on Downloading Pictures and Video in the Computer Lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We also had a management meeting today at 3:15 p.m..  It has been a very busy day.

I posted on Nextdoor about the campaign for the Teen Computer Area.
https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/giving-tuesday-at-the-mount-vernon-public-library

Web Bits


In the UK, the 'Library of the Future' Looks A Lot Like Lego

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2019

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A hermit reading, Louvre, Paris, formerly attributed to Rembrandt, 1630

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about mutual funds and whether the average investor can beat the market.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I placed two orders for new books.

We met to discuss grants and partnerships with PCSB bank today.  It was an excellent meeting.

I spent a little time working on the Givegab campaign.

Web Bits


Toy Libraries Are Building Communities and Keeping Toys Out of Landfills

My Library Card, My Constant Friend


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2019

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Charlotte Bosanquet-- The Library at Dingestow, 1840s

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I posted about the Give Gab campaign at the Mount Vernon Public Library.
https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/giving-tuesday-at-the-mount-vernon-public-library

The library has raised $585 dollars so far.

I read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  The book has a second book in it, called Conservative Investors Sleep Well.  It is about how to protect your assets in the stock market.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I worked on some orders for books.

I did a little shifting in the main floor nonfiction collection.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class and a Beginning Microsoft Word class tonight in the computer lab.

Web Bits

How To Become A Librarian Your Guide

Stretching Library Card Metadata for Community Diversity Needs

Monday, December 2, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/02/2019

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Cover of Astounding, June 1936

Daily Thoughts 12/02/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I posted about Giving Tuesday at Mount Vernon Public Library, starting December 3, 2019
https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/giving-tuesday-at-the-mount-vernon-public-library

I spent some time relaxing today avoiding reading about investing and playing the gamebook, Dust and Salt which is a Narrative Adventure Game.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne5mzq/a-narrative-strategy-game-that-confronts-the-nature-of-power

I also did a little work for Arts Westchester.  We have been working on creating a few different events.  There is a banner that is being worked on for the children's room as well as a series of acrylic painting workshops.

Web Bits


Helping Patrons Navigate Online Banking




Sunday, December 1, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/01/2019

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Cover of the pulp magazine Weird Tales (March 1944, vol. 37, no. 4) featuring The Trail of Cthulhu by August Derleth. Cover art by John Giunta.

Daily Thoughts 12/01/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I bought a bunch of gamebooks on Steam last night.  There was a weekend special where many of them were less than $2.00 each.  Game books are a form of fantasy or science fiction novel which is combined with a game, they are a more complex version of choose your own adventure books.  Many of them have maps, dice, and are heavily illustrated..  Most of the things which I bought were from Tin Man Games which is an Australian company.  Most of the early Fighting Fantasy Games are not that prominent in the United States.  They are more popular United Kingdom and Australia.
http://gamebookadventures.com/  My favorite book so far is from a Spanish company, it is a Lovecraftian horror adventure story called Omen Exitio Plague.  This was originally a Kickstarted game book.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matteolana/omen-exitio-plague


Web Bits


Meet the Bookmobiles's Cousin

A Reminder That Fake News is an “Information Literacy Problem” Not a Technology Problem

Photograph of Climate Activist at Standing Rock to Be Preserved by Library of Congress

The Authoritarian's Worst Fear?  A Book
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/opinion/books-censorship.html