Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Daily Thoughts 02/17/2016

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An Early Taste for Literature, Charles Conder 1888

Daily Thoughts 02/17/2016

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I am going to the board meeting this evening at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I read a little bit more of Better Living Through Criticism. I am reading about artistic views of criticism from people like Percy Shelley, Susan Sontag, and John Keats.  A.O. Scott, the author is a Chief Film Critic for the New York Times.

The board meeting was rescheduled tonight to Monday, February 22, 2016.

I checked out the book, Stoned Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Rajen.  This book has some very interesting qualities.  At its core it is about value and how we perceive value in monetary terms.  The book starts with the famed story about the beads that were used to purchase Manhattan.  Aja Rajen describes them as venetian glass something which the natives would have never seen before.

Right now, I am reading about how DeBeers created the market for diamond engagement rings.  It is a story of advertising, public relations, artificial scarcity, and manufactured demand.

I had a chance to check out a few other books; Film Programming for Public Libraries by Kati Irons and Failure Why Science Is So Successful by Stuart Firestein.

Web Bits

Three Ways Publishers and Public Libraries Can Work Better Together

The Future of Our Public Libraries Is At Stake We Must Act Now-- UK

Pitching In To Save a Library-- United States

Column: I Invite You to Celebrate Library Lovers Month

Library Lovers Unite: Join the Friends of the Library

Weighing the Future of Yonkers Public Library

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