Saturday, October 19, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2019


Daily Thoughts 10/19/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Importance of Small Decisions.  I am reading about the difference between social and individual learning.

I also read some more of Hipster Death Rattle.  I rather like that the story has a theme of gentrification, yuppies and hipsters versus the old neighborhood, Puerto Ricans and people who grew up in Williamsburg.

Web Bits


Friday, October 18, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2019

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The Student, Charles Green, 1881

Daily Thoughts 10/18/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some of Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez.  I like that people act badly.  They smoke things, drink too much, and cause their neighbors trouble.  I also like that the villain is cutting down hipsters in Brooklyn.  There is some very dark humor and the descriptions of Williamsburg are accurate.  This book has a unique style.

I also read some of The Importance of Small Decisions by Michael J. O'brien, R. Alexander Bentley, and William Brock.  This book explains how and why small decisions can make a difference.  Part of this is about how small decisions can compound over time like eating out or choosing to take specific actions at work.  The book is surprisingly practical.  It is by the MIT Press.

I checked the shelves in the mezzanine.

We worked on shifting on the main floor.  We are in the 700s.  I also did a little bit of shelf reading.

I worked on two orders of books. 

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

I deleted some items that were not found.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2019

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Xu Beihong, 1925, Painting Jiang Biwei by a Table

Daily Thoughts 10/17/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night I read Infinity A Graphic Guide by Brian Clegg and Oliver Pugh.  I enjoyed reading the book because it made math interesting.  There are a lot of different ideas about infinity in this book from a variety of sources.  It describes math from many different cultures, India, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, England, other places.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I checked on some programming.  The second session for the See It! Write It! Say It! is happening tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the community room.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

We are also working on shifting the books on the main floor of the library.

I had a demonstration of the new World Book Online Encyclopedia tools today from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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

I checked out the book, Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez.  He is going to be doing a book reading and discussion of gentrification at the Mount Vernon Public Library in November.

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Evolving Public Libraries




Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2019

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Here is an hdr photograph taken from an enclosure inside the reading room at The John Rylands Library. Located in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK. The apse of the historic reading room, 1st floor

Daily Thoughts 10/16/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Introducing Capitalism A Graphic Guide By Dan Cryan, Sharron Shatil & Pietro.  I like this series.  All of the book are informative and easy to read.  The illustrations in black and white are well done.  There are opinions from the left, right, and center about capitalism as a system.  It makes for interesting reading.

I also finished looking through Hack Your Journal, Stay Organized & Record Everything That Matters With One Notebook.  There are over 40 layouts for organizing different activities.  It is a book that is both practical and artistic at the same time.  I like the lettering which is used in the book.

I checked the displays and gift books.

I also checked some of the books in the mezzanine.

We are continuing to shift the collection.

I wrote some commentary on our new catalog as well as on weeding.

I spent some time looking up preservation grants for libraries.

Web Bits

Why Did a Georgia School District Ban This No. 1 Bestseller About Race

Major Public Library System Will Boycott McMillan Library E-books

12 Authors and their TED Talks

Women’s Suffrage Displays




Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/15/2019


Interior Scene With Books and Writing Implements, Edo Period, 17th Century, Unknown Artist

Daily Thoughts 10/15/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Capitalism a Graphic Guide.  I am reading about the relationship between labor, socialism, and capitalism.  It is a contentious one.

I also read some more of Hack Your Journal.  I am reading about different layouts to plan for events in a persons life.  Everything from meal planning, to parties, to habit tracking.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also checked on the shifting of books in the main floor library.

I looked through a copy of the New York Times Book Review.

One of my colleagues is at the high school giving presentations.

There is a Botanical Arts Workshop funded by Arts Westchester from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today in the fiction room.

The Crochet Group meets today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We also have a Personal Development Writing Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room.

We also have our Fundamentals of Computers class and our Beginning Microsoft Word class in the computer lab from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Web Bits


Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed The Western Cannon Dies At 89

By the Numbers:  National Friends of the Library Week