Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Daily Thoughts 12/13/2011

The Lithographer, by Louis Prang, 1874.

Daily Thoughts 12/13/2011

This morning, I updated the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the library.  I like to put all the weekly events up on Sunday or Monday.

On the way to work, I finished reading Louis Prang: Color Lithographer Giant of a Man by Dr. Larry Freeman.  Louis Prang created popular prints for the home during the 19th century.  He used a process called chromolithography which is a multi-color system of lithography.  He is best known as the father of the American greeting card industry.  There was quite a bit on both Christmas cards and Valentines Day cards.  I was reading this book for the Biography Book Club which is today, Tuesday, December 13, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

I also read some of The Sixth Gun which is a graphic novel set in the old west with supernatural elements.  I rather like the depictions of gunfights against the walking dead.  The graphic novel has some excellent color artistry by Bill Crabtree.  I read both the first and second volume of the graphic novel.  The second volume, The Sixth Gun: Crossroads was even better than the first.  The setting in 19th century New Orleans was terrific. There were gunfights against evil spirits from the swamps.  It had a voodoo element to it with giant snakes, alligators, zombies, cat people, and loas.

We had a staff meeting this morning which went very well.

The Biography Book Club met today from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We talked about a number of different people including Louis Prang, Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, and Maulana Karenga.  It was a fairly interesting meeting.

I also opened the lab today for the Intermediate Computer Classes this evening and made sure the computers were ready.

There was a press release this afternoon letting people know that the library is searching for a new director, we are open on the first Saturday of the month in January through June, and there is an amnesty for lost items.

On the way home, I read some more of The Doctor and the Kid A Weird Western by Mike Resnick.  It creates a mythical past, with Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Thomas Edison, Geronimo, and other larger than life characters.  The magic and steampunk make the story interesting, the characters drive the story.

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