Thursday, December 12, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/12/2019


Daily Thoughts 12/12/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Behavioral Finance last night.  I am reading about mental biases which cause us to make financial mistakes.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I worked on shifting some books on the main floor.

A colleague and I are going to The Capstone Workshop for Sustainability at the Earth Institute of Columbia University which is being held at the County Executive's office in White Plains.  We are looking at doing some more environmental programming.

Web Bits


Learning for a Living

Public Libraries Are Now Mental Health Resource Centers






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




Saturday, November 30, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/30/2019

Charles Green, Something Wrong Somewhere, 1868

Daily Thoughts 11/30/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor as well as Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  There are some common themes in both of these books, do not follow the crowd and do what everyone else does, look for well managed companies with strong sales forces and understandable products, and plan for investing long term to make money

Web Bits


We Wanted Our Patrons Back Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity

The Post Truth Archive

Opinion: Gratitude for Museums, Librarians and Historians

Friday, November 29, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/29/2019

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Nikolai Ge, Leo Tolstoy, 1883


Daily Thoughts 11/29/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about why it is a bad idea to invest in IPO's.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

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

I placed some orders for new books.

We spent some time discussing programming for January and February of 2020.

I looked through the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weeklyn Bestseller list.

I looked through a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.

Web Bits



New York Public Library Pokes Fun At Black Friday Deals in Ad Campaign

How To Find A Book In the Library Your 101 Guide

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2019

Hans Heinrich Bebe, The Sun, 1852

Daily Thoughts 11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving.  I am a little sleepy with some turkey and some wine.

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about the choice between hiring a broker and doing your own research.  I prefer to do my own research.

I also read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  I am reading about what not to do with stocks.

Web Bits


Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Now Open In Indianapolis

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2019


Arab School. John Frederick Lewis, 1841-1851

Daily Thoughts 11/27/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  I am reading about when to buy a stock and when to sell a stock.

I also read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about how attention and time are more important determiners on your style of investing than your age.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I spent a little time shifting books on the main floor of the library.

I looked through a copy of the Times Literary Supplement.

I spent some more time looking at the census.

I donated to the Libraries 2020 Campaign
http://www.libraries2020.org/?utm_campaign=donate_2020_pledge_est&utm_medium=email&utm_source=votelibraries

I worked some more on the Giving Tuesday campaign which is coming up on December 3, 2019.  A colleague is working on a flyer.
https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/giving-tuesday-at-the-mount-vernon-public-library

I signed up for Digital Census Preparation Training which is on December 18 at the Westchester Library System.
https://senylrc.regfox.com/digital-census-preparation-westchester

Web Bits


Small Bookstores Are Booming After Nearly Being Wiped Out

America Has a Digital Skills Gap Libraries Can Fix It


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/26/2019

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A Lady Reading in the Garden, Niels-Frederik Schiottz-Jensen, 1894

Daily Thoughts 11/26/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I am reading about stocks versus bonds in The Intelligent Investor.

I read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  Philip A. Fisher gives 15 points on what to look for in a company that is worth buying stock from.  These points seem to be a general guideline for what a well run company looks like.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time working on Givegab.  The online fundraiser is going to be going live soon.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

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

I also gave a brief tour of the library to some students from Columbia University.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class in the computer lab tonight.

Web Bits



Rescuing the Forgotten Jewels of the Internet

West Virginia Charges Prisoners 3 Cents A Minute to Read E-books From Free Library, Despite Earning Less Than $1 An Hour

Read This: New York Public Library Selects Best Books of 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/25/2019

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Swing into books. Book week, November 1-7, 1964, Bruno Munari, Library of Congress, Public Domain


Daily Thoughts 11/25/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about how the DJIA Dow Jones Industrial Average affects stocks.

I also read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  I am reading about the importance of a company having a strong sales organization for it to be a good stock pick.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I shifted a few books in the main floor collection.

I read a copy of the New York Times Bestseller list.

I put two orders of books on order.

We are looking at Eventbrite as another social media platform.

Web Bits


Serving Writers and Readers: African American Literary Organizations

Looking for an Old Library Building?  There’s One for Sale In Lake Villa


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2019

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Two White Cats On a Table With Books, Public Domain, Gottfried Mind (1768-1814)

Daily Thoughts 11/24/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

New York Public Library is hiring people to work with the census.

The cost per person for not being counted at the median level is $1091 per person in 2015 from the 2010 census according to this report.
https://gwipp.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs2181/f/downloads/GWIPP%20Reamer%20Fiscal%20Impacts%20of%20Census%20Undercount%20on%20FMAP-based%20Programs%2003-19-18.pdf

I read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits. I read some more about inflation and why it is necessary to invest to beat inflation.

Web Bits


Wikipedia and Libraries Revolution Through Collaboration

Art Lending Library Lets People Take Home Art for Free

Library Artificial Intelligence Program Wins National Award

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/23/2019

Books and Brush-Stand
Books and Brushstand, Kubo Shunman, 19th Century

Daily Thoughts 11/23/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about the place of inflation in investing.  I am finding it much more useful to read now because I have a little more knowledge about money than the first time I read it.

I am also reading Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  Kenneth Fisher who is the son of Philip A. Fisher wrote the introduction.  Kenneth A. Fisher is a long running columnist for Forbes magazine.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I worked on shifting some books.

There is a leather bracelet workshop this afternoon in the fiction room from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Public Library.  It is sponsored by Arts Westchester.

I spent a little time looking at new science titles.

Web Bits


‘Unhideable’ Book from Stephen Colbert Arrives at Coeur d’Alene Library

Why You Should Encourage Your Child’s Love of Graphic Novels

Friday, November 22, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/22/2019

Book or album cover
Book Or Album Cover, Henry- Auguste Fourdinois, 1875

Daily Thoughts 11/22/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits.  I am reading about growth stocks.

I also read some more of The Intelligent Investor.  I am reading about how it is easy for people to become overconfident with stocks.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I shifted some books.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I read some of the Ingram Advance catalogs.

I am looking through the patron request sheets.

I looked through Bookpage today.

There is a Teen Games Hour with video games in the community room from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..  This week we added coloring.  Next week we will add graphic novels.

Web Bits


The Library of Congress Will House the Archives of the Famous AIDS Quilt

Amazon Book Orders on the Rise




Thursday, November 21, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2019

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Poul Friis Nybo, Reading Woman, 1929

Daily Thoughts 11/21/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read some more of the book, A Long Petal on the Sea.  One of the characters is Salvador Allende.  Isabel Allende, the author of the book is distantly related to Salvador Allende.  The book is very political and describes the conflict between the right and the left in Chile and Spain.  I am enjoying the characters in the story.

I also read some more of Walking One Step At a Time.  I like the authors sense of place and use of literacy in this nonfiction book about walking.

I am going to a Volunteer Session for the Complete Count Committee for the Census this morning at 12:00 p.m. in Mount Vernon City Hall Council Chambers.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

My colleagues are working on shifting books on the main floor of the library.

I spent some time working on grants for Arts Westchester.

I checked out the Revised Edition of The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham.

Web Bits



Sandler, Krasznahorkai, Sze, Broom, Choi Win National Book Award

Over 300 Books Are Available for Free Download in the Getty Museum's Virtual Library

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2019

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Pablo Neruda During a Library of Congress Recording Session, 20 June 1966.  Public Domain.

Daily Thoughts 11/20/2019

I read some of Walking One Step At A Time By Erling Kagge.  I am enjoying reading this book, there are many examples of literary walks where he follows in the footsteps of different books and authors.

I also read some more of A Long Petal On the Sea.  One of the minor characters in the novel is Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet.

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I worked on ordering new books today.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I also worked on shifting some of the books.

I worked on scheduling today.

I also set a whole bunch of appointments for tomorrow to do a variety of different things.  I am going to the Volunteer Program for the Complete Count Committee for Census at city hall from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m..  I think libraries need to be prepared for the coming census.  It will be the first online census.

Web Bits


From Banking to Books:  The KC Public Library Library’s Crosby Kemper III

Creating Libraries for Online Students Is Harder Than You Think

Keep It Crafty With the Library

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/19/2019

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Kuniyoshi Utagawa, The Actor, 22

Daily Thoughts 11/19/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

We are displaying the holiday books soon.

We also have a display of Latino films.

There is a new USB power strip in the reference area.

I read some more of A Long Petal On the Sea.  The Spanish Civil War has ended in the story.  People are fleeing to France as Franco takes over.

I am reading the New York Times Book Review.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2019

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Peter Ilsted, A Woman Reading, circa 1905

Daily Thoughts 11/18/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende.  The book is historical fiction.  I like the feeling of it.  It describes the fall of the Spanish Republic to Franco.

There is another complete count committee meeting for the City of Mount Vernon. One of my colleagues is going.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-census-volunteer-training-in-mount-vernon-day-and-night-sessions-tickets-82541617199?fbclid=IwAR19TnbNfFuqfbqCJ4xAdAPb9JAGC1hA0jnvF-flOxgcMPF5V---JPuk-9I

Web Bits



Let's Be Thankful for Libraries

Sex, Drugs, and Random Acts of Madness at SD Central Library

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2019

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Man Reading A Newspaper, S T Gill

Daily Thoughts 11/17/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of A Long Petal Of The Sea.  The book is being released on January 21, 2020.  The beginning is set during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

I watched Ancient Skies Explore the Cosmos through the Eyes of Our Ancestors which is a PBS video.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/16/2019

My Gems A22780.jpgMy Gems, William Harnett, 1888

Daily Thoughts 11/16/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading It's the Manager Gallup Finds That the Quality of Managers and Team Leaders Is the Single Biggest Factor In Your Organization's Long Term Success by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter.  This book is about building strengths for managers.  It focuses on employee development and creating a positive workplace environment.

I also started reading A Long Petal on the Sea by Isabel Allende which is a literary novel.  I have an advanced reading copy of the novel.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2019

Still Life - Henri Fantin-Latour.JPGStill Life, Henri Fantin Latour, 1866

Daily Thoughts 11/15/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook.

I finished reading Incubating Creativity At Your Library A Source Book for Connecting With Communities by Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore.  This book is packed with ideas for programming and outreach that are artistic.  It is excellent for the art oriented library.  I am giving it to a colleague to read and hoping we can implement some of the ideas in the book.

I also read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about common qualities in managing that make a workplace better.

I checked the displays and the gift books.  We have a new display up for Latino Films at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

Silk Flowers of Care has a display on the First Avenue side of the building.

I worked on some shifting on the main floor.

I also checked some books in the mezzanine.

Right now, I am at the public computers.

I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

I am checking out the book, Walking One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge, Author of Silence.


Web Bits

Illiteracy Linked to Tripled Dementia Risk

The National Book Festival: Takeaways for Programming Librarians

7 Ways Libraries Are Combating the Opioid Crisis


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2019

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Portrait of John Keats, English Poet, Joseph Severn, 1821

Daily Thoughts 11/14/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager last night.

I also read some more of Incubating Creativity At Your Library.  I am reading about inviting people to give suggestions for different events and activities.  There is an interesting suggestion for a Book to Art Club.  https://booktoartclub.squarespace.com/

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I am preparing for the Hipster Death Rattle reading tonight at 6:00 p.m..  It is a mystery by a Brooklyn native, Richie Narvaez.

I worked a little bit on shifting books.

I also removed some books that were not found on the shelves.

Web Bits


80 Years Later, Alexandria Sit-In Arrest Charges Are Dismissed

Life Cycle of A Library Book

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2019

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La Richr, Herman Richir, 1910

Daily Thoughts 11/13/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of It's the Manager.

I also read some of Incubating Creativity At Your Library A Sourcebook for Connecting With Communities by Erin Batykefer and Laura Damon- Moore.  This books come from the website,
https://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I also checked the mezzanine.

I put in a few orders for new books.

I deleted some items that were not found on the shelves.

I spent some time checking the shifting of the books on the main floor.


Web Bits


Random Acts of Kindness at the Library

Peachtree City Library Wants Historical Objects
https://www.ajc.com/news/local/peachtree-city-library-wants-historical-artifacts/oONgSCU8oWMo4XScS68qhI/

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2019

Gothic Library
Gothic Library, Frederick Clarke Withers, 1859

Daily Thoughts 11/12/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I started reading the Appendixes for the book.  I am reading about different strengths which people have.

I spent some time working on orders.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I have read the latest copy of the New York Times Book Review.

I checked on the shifting on the main floor.

The Crochet Group met today in the Community Room from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers class and Beginning Microsoft Word 2013 class tonight in the computer lab.

Web Bits



The Internet Archives is Digitizing and Preserving Over 100,000 Vinyl Records Hear 750 Full Albums Now

Stories That Stand the Test of Time

Monday, November 11, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2019


View of the Library Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire, Susan Alice Dashwood, 1886

Daily Thoughts 11/11/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about artificial intelligence in the workplace.  Part of this is about how we will increasingly be working performing the social aspects of work while artificial intelligence takes care of the clerical aspects of work.

Web Bits


Veterans History Project-- Library of Congress

Fine Policies and Lost Item Policies

Creating An Adult Speaker Series In A Tiny Library With Zero Budget

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/10/2019

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Sogi, October 1892. From the Thirty-six Ghosts series. 9.25" x 14.25". The print depicts Sogi, priest and poet, writing a couplet for a ghost

Daily Thoughts 11/10/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Last night, I read more than half of The Boho Manifesto An Insiders Guide to Post Conventional Living by Julia Chaplin.  Julia Chaplin is a fashion designer.  All of the pictures look like fashion drawings.  This makes the book very tongue in cheek.  You get fashion pictures of people from Burning Man, Digital Nomads, and people doing various activities like meditation and yoga.

There is wonderfully ridiculous element to this book.  It incorporates a lot of pop culture references to alternative lifestyles including many of the different counter culture or alternative lifestyle festivals like the Glastonbury Festival, the Envision Festival, the Oregon Country Fair, and many other festivals.

The book is definitely for adults.  It is a psychedelic and karmic romp through all kinds of alternative beliefs and places from dating to business.  Some of the sections read like summer camps for adults.  Everything from van living to cult kitchens is covered.  In addition to fashion pictures there are many photographs that look like they came out of a travel brochure for hippies.

There are many references to venture capital, TED talks, and other abundance lifestyles.  Steve Jobs and Sergei Brin are mentioned in the book.

I found the book to be very entertaining and more than a little bit about fantasy and wish fulfillment.  If you live or are interested in modern counter culture this book is worth reading.  The book design is excellent, there is an index and photographic credits.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about the gig economy and flex time.  This book is based on a large global study on the future of work Gallup.

Web Bits


Campaigners Want You To Vote for Libraries in This General Election (United Kingdom).

How Your Library Can Use Google Ad Grants to Supercharge Your Website and Reach A Huge Untapped Audience

National Library of Israel Uploads 120,000 Books Online

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/09/2019

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From the Series, Streaked Mists, Ikeda Shoen

Daily Thoughts 11/09/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's the Manager on the way to work.  I am reading about women in the workplace.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I looked through the latest copy of Library Journal and Booklist.

I checked out the book, Incubating Creativity at Your Library: A Sourcebook for Connecting With Communities by Erinn Batykefer.

I applied for the Library Census Equity Fund.
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/govinfo/census/grants

I gave out a bookmark for inspirational fiction.  I'll be updating the bookmark soon so it will be more current.

I have a stack of Advanced Reading Copies on my desk from Library Journal.  The most intriguing title is A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.  It is a historical fiction novel set in the 1930s.


Web Bits

'Tis the Season to Think Critically About Holiday Programming
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/11/01/tis-the-season-holiday-programming/



The 9 Things You Should Never Do In a Library, According to Former Employees

Why Libraries Have A Public Spirit That Most Museums Lack

Friday, November 8, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/08/2019

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Orest Kiprensky, Newspaper Readers in Naples, 1831

Daily Thoughts 11/08/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about the concept of coaching in management.

I checked the displays this morning.

I spent some time checking books in the mezzanine.

I have a pile of periodicals to read today.  I looked through two copies of the Times Literary Supplement.  I also looked through the New York Review of Books.  I checked the New York Times Bestseller list and the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.  I also looked through the New York Times Book Review.

I still have more review material to read.

I put in several orders for new books.

We are continuing to work on shifting the main floor books.  We are currently in the 800s.

Yesterday, one of my colleagues went to the Complete Count Committee meeting for the Mount Vernon census at city hall. She signed up to be a member of the committee.  We plan on applying for a grant from the census.

Today we had the Teen Gaming Hour in the Trustees Room from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Web Bits


Library of Congress Says it has “Significantly Improved” IT

Book Hider at Coeur D’Alene Library Receives National Media Attention
https://www.krem.com/article/news/local/book-hider-at-coeur-dalene-library-receives-national-media-attention/293-4e53e676-efe5-4258-ade8-9b0c8a2a6114

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/07/2019

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Daniel Huntington, The Fair Student, 1858

Daily Thoughts 11/07/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about strength based employee development.  Jim Clifton's books include a lot of helpful ideas on how to manage people in a non confrontational way.  They do not seem oriented towards major confrontations, but will make suggestions for steady small improvements.

Web Bits



Florida Librarians: Here Is Why Citrus County Was Wrong to Reject the New York Times

Wake Up Your House Is On Fire Sustainability

Building A University Library Into One of the Most Influential In China

Handling Patrons' Personal Property

Hearing Modernizing the Library of Congress




Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/06/2019

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The Gentle Music of a Bygone Day, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, 1873

Daily Thoughts 11/06/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about how people can easily find out about a company's culture through social media and why it is important to have a strong company culture.

Web Bits

The Economic Case for Supporting Libraries

For the Love of Literacy, Better World Books and the Internet Archive Unite To Preserve Millions of Books

New York Public Library Lions Gala Honors Writers Raises 2.8 Million

Unauthorized Practice of Law in the Library




Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Daily Thoughts 11/05/2019


Daily Thoughts 11/05/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I also read some more of It's The Manager.  I am reading about the concept of company culture.

Web Bits


This Robot Librarian Locates Haphazardly Placed Books

A Woman May Go to Jail for Forgetting to Return Library Books

What You Can Learn From Your Library About Data As a Service

Commissioners Call New York Times, 'Fake News', Deny Library Funding for Digital Subscriptions

Monday, November 4, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2019

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A delicate illustration by Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti in the book of The Assemblies. 13th Century Manuscript

Daily Thoughts 12/04/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of the book, It's The Manager Gallup Finds That the Quality of Managers And Team Leaders is the Single Biggest Factor In Your Organization's Long Term Success by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter.  This is a New York Times bestselling book.

Web Bits


650 People Make A Human Chain To Pass Off Children's Books to a New Library

Free Library of Philadelphia Stops Selling Cards to Non-Residents


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2019

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Hero of Alexandria, Pneumatica 1,16: technical drawing of a hydraulic apparatus of singing artificial birds in the manuscript Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, Gr. 516, fol. 172v.

Daily Thoughts 12/03/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading Ancient Greek Gadgets and Machines by Robert S. Brumbaug.  I learned that priests are often the first people to seek labor saving devices.  Hero of Alexandria created machines that generated steam, gravity, air, water, and wind power.  However these were mainly toys and devices for religious demonstration.

Web Bits


Library Journal, Horror Writers Association, and Partners Announce Second Annual Summer Scares Reading Program

Is Publishing Too Top-Heavy

Penn Yan Library, Yates Add Charging Station, Horse Shelter