Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/22/2019


Daily Thoughts 10/22/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Web Bits

UK Libraries Receive 125 Million Pounds in Additional Funding (United Kingdom)

The Library Lifecycle-- NEA Today

Write A Novel At Your Library

John Singer Sargent's Many Beauties, Male and Female at the Morgan Library

Monday, October 21, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2019

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Dues Dammes Conversant En Una Terrassa, Francisco Moralles Gallup, 1901

Daily Thoughts 10/21/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Hipster Death Rattle. I am enjoying reading the mystery.

I also read some more of The Importance of Small Decisions.  I am reading about transparency and rational choice versus guesswork and copying.

Web Bits



New York Public Library's Main Branch Opens New Research Space

Bag of Snakes Brings New Library Policy in Madison County

Inside the 8 Most Beautiful Libraries In the World

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2019




US Census Bureau Seal

Daily Thoughts 10/20/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Hipster Death Rattle.  The mystery story is picking up.  There are more murders in Williamsburg.  There is even a side plot with real estate.

I also read some more of The Importance of Small Decisions.  I am reading about the quickly changing landscape of technology and education.

The Census Bureau is coming on Tuesday to use the computer lab.


Web Bits

Abraham Lincoln Library Donation Could Be a Gold Mine for Scholars of the President

Can My Library Ban Guns?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/19/2019


The Boston Sunday Herald, Ethel Reed, 1874

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.

Web Bits


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







Monday, October 14, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/14/2019


Writing Board of An Apprentice Scribe, 2030 BC

Daily Thoughts 10/14/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of Capitalism The Graphic Guide.  I am reading about Thomas Hobbes and Adam Smith.

Web Bits


The Library That's Also An Art Gallery


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/13/2019


Woman Reading By A Window, Gari Melchers, 1895

Daily Thoughts 10/13/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of Introducing Capitalism A Graphic Guide by Dan Cyran, Sharron Shatil & Piero.  I very much like the Graphic Guide series.  They make many complex subjects easy.

I also read some more of Hack Your Journal.  The habit tracker where you try to make something a daily habit is of interest to me.

Web Bits

Networks, Knowledge and Power in U.S. Public Libraries
http://globalmedia.mit.edu/2019/10/09/networks-knowledge-and-power-in-u-s-public-libraries/

Pop Culture Library Has Romance Fiction Covered, Features Largest Collection of Its Kind

Why Library Late Fees Make Complete Sense

Fines are Fine: New York's Public Libraries Should Continue Charging Late Return Fees

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/12/2019



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Paper Holder, Louis Comfort Tiffany, circa 1910-1920

Daily Thoughts 10/12/2019


I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

On the way to work, I read some more of Hack Your Journal.  I am looking at different calendar layouts which people draw for journals.  There is a circular layout which looks different.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

Today from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Mount Vernon Public Library Children's Room, we have John R. Howard reading from his book, Poor Joshua, The Deshaney Case and Child Abuse In America.  It is a fundraiser.  All of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to support the children's room.

I am at the public computers right now.

Web Bits


7 Cool Things Libraries Are Doing, Beyond Books

E-books for All Petition

Just 350 Books? UF Professor Chafes At Library Limit

Join All Hallow’s Read! With Friends of the Batavia Library

Friday, October 11, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/11/2019

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Marcellin Desboutin, Portrait of Edgar Degas, 1900

Daily Thoughts 10/11/2019

One of my colleagues is at a Re-Entry Job Fair for people coming out of incarceration.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I did a little bit of shifting.

I checked on the computer lab and the public computers.

We did some more shifting in the 600s.

I also spent some time checking the books in the mezzanine.

I wrote the monthly report for September 2019.

Web Bits


New Venture: Random House Graphic

China and Taiwan Clash Over Wikipedia Edits

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/10/2019

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Adalbert Von Rossler, Horace,  by 1922

Daily Thoughts 10/10/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this afternoon.

I got my computer back up this morning.

I read some of Chaos A Graphic Guide by Ziauddin Sardara and Iwona Abrams.  It includes descriptions of nonlinear systems, the butterfly effect, and the unpredictability of weather.  I find chaos theory interesting.

I also read some of Hack Your Journal Stay Organized and Record Everything That Matters With One Notebook by Lark Crafts.  This is a book about visual journaling with different organizational suggestions.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking books in the mezzanine.  I had a few days to catch up with things.

I have a number of review magazines to look at.  I looked through Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and the New York Review of Books.

I spent some time talking with Dr.Howard about his fundraiser on Saturday with his book, Poor Joshua: The Deshaney Case and Child Abuse in America.  We are looking forward to his discussion on this subject.  All the proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards supporting the Mount Vernon Public Library children's room.

We are also continuing to shift the books on the main floor of the library.

Web Bits


Library of Congress Gets Grant to Experiment With Digital Collections as Data

Eliminating Overdue Library Fines is A Fine Idea / Opinion

An Expedition Reveals The Perils of Reading Dostoevsky In Antaractica





Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/09/2019

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Reading Woman on a Couch, Isaac Israel, by 1934

Daily Thoughts 10/09/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this afternoon.

This morning, I was at the Kings Highway Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.  They are the first branch in Brooklyn with a Best Buy Teen Computer Center.  We spent time looking at the different computers.  They had a dozen hewlett packards and four MacIntosh computers.  \

There was also a sound studio with a midi keyboard and drums.  There was a drawing tablet and cameras and a variety of other electronics like a makerbot.  It was a combination of makerspace and computer lab.  I liked seeing the setting.

We are planning on applying for the Best Buy Grant.  We are also planning for a teen lab and maker space of our own at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

I checked the gift books and the displays when I got back.

People continued to shift books while I was out.

I read a copy of the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Review of Books.

Web Bits

The Real C-Word Is Community
https://www.ned-potter.com/blog/the-real-c-word-is-community

New York Library Exhibit to Pay Tribute to JD Salinger
https://news.yahoo.com/york-library-exhibit-pay-tribute-040650644.html;_ylt=AwrC1TH5Vp5d4mMAazrQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByNXM5bzY5BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMzBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg--

The Battle for the Future of E-books Is Happening at Your Local Library
https://www.fastcompany.com/90404633/battle-for-the-future-e-books-at-the-local-library?utm_campaign=eem524%3A524%3As00%3A20191009_fc&utm_medium=Compass&utm_source=newsletter

Monday, October 7, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/07/2019


Daily Thoughts 10/07/2019

I had a challenging day today.  My computer crashed last night.  I am bringing it in to the shop tomorrow.  My car also had to be fixed.  So first the car got fixed, now I can fix the computer.

Right now, I am in the public library writing on my computer.

I had a chance to look at my email, check Facebook and Twitter and do a few things with the computer.

I of course read some at the Laundromat from Philosophy A Graphic Guide.  I enjoyed reading about Descartes and Voltaire.

I have a limited amount of time on the computer.  My time will be up soon.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/06/2019

Pietro Bellotti - Diogenes.jpgPietro Bellotti, Diogenes, 17th Century

Daily Thoughts 10/06/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Disordered Mind What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R. Kandel.  I found this to be a fascinating book because the author uses a mix of brain science and psychology to describe how the brain malfunctions in different ways.  He hopes to see a time when psychology becomes more scientific because it draws more on the science of how the brain works.

Eric R. Kandel describes many examples where peoples don't work because of accident or genetics and then describes how these problems illuminate human brain function.

This is a popular science book by an academic writer.  It is illustrated has an index, notes, and illustration credits.

I read some more of Philosophy a Graphic Guide.  I rather liked the brief comments on inductive and deductive reasoning as well as Occam's Razor.

Web Bits

As The Welfare State Decays Public Libraries Becomes Sites of Social Trauma

Long Lost Library Sculpture Returns to L.A. But the Mystery Continues

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2019

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A Savant In His Cabinet, 17th Century, Mattheus Von Helmont

Daily Thoughts 10/05/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I started reading Introducing Philosophy A Graphic Guide last night.  I am reading about the early Greek philosophers.

I also read some more of The Disordered Mind.  I am reading about the concept of consciousness.  Eric R. Kandel describes how many of our unconscious decisions make our conscious decisions possible.

Web Bits


What's Wrong and Right With Library Technology? A Survey

Opinion In The Land of Self Defeat

Palatine Public Library's Clear and Simple Message/ Marketer of the Year 2019

Facebook Announces Intention to Fund New Belle Haven Library And Community Center

Friday, October 4, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/04/2019

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Portrait of writer Willard Huntington Wright (detective story author S. S. Van Dine) by his brother Stanton MacDonald-Wright, 1913–14

Daily Thoughts 10/04/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time shifting books in the large print section.

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

I put in two orders for new books.

I arranged for the census to come do a census jobs workshop on October 22, 2019.

I spent some time working on programming.  We are planning for a book reading on November 14.

Web Bits


How We’re Helping Small Business Succeed

The Authoritarians Worst Fear? A Book

Libraries As Community Catalysts

College Students Just Want Normal Libraries

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2019

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Jean-Pierre Beckius, HT 1933

Daily Thoughts 10/03/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I took a break from reading and meditated a little bit to clear my mind last night.

I read some more of The Disordered Mind on the way to work.  I am reading about gender identity and the brain.

I checked the displays and the gift books this morning.

I put out the new Book Page today for October.

I shifted some of the large print books.

I also checked some of the 300s on the main floor and the 200s in the mezzanine.

I checked out the book, Philosophy A Graphic Guide by Dave Robinson and Judy Groves.

I worked on some orders for books.

There is a Beginning Microsoft Excel 2019 class in the computer lab tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I spent some time preparing for the monthly report.


Web Bits



How Much Coffee Do Librarians Drink?

New Online from Stanford Libraries: 'Rare Books: A Digital Library of Reference Books'

Joint FBI and LAPD Homicide Library Brings New Hope for Cold Cases


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2019

The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians, E A Wallis Budge, 1914

Daily Thoughts 10/02/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of  The Disordered Mind.  I am reading about addiction.

Web Bits


Neuroimaging Reveals Hidden Communication Between Brain Layers During Reading

Cities Are Tackling the Housing Crunch by Building Above the Library

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Daily Thoughts 10/01/2019


Daily Thoughts 10/01/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

This morning, I read some more of The Disordered Mind.  I am reading about emotions like fear, anger, and anxiety.

I also checked the displays and the gift books.

I spent some time checking the 300s.  I also spent some time checking the 200s in the mezzanine.

We have been shifting more in the main floor collection.  We are in the 300s.

I wrote a little bit about mending.

Web Bits


Libraries As Student Success Hubs

Chicago To Become Largest Us Public Library System to Go Fine Free For Overdue Library Materials That Get Returned

Jump Start: Helium Delivers Library Books To Your Door

Remembering Andrew Carnegie’s Legacy

Monday, September 30, 2019

Daily Thoughts 09/30/2019


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The Ten Cent Breakfast, Willard Leroy Metcalf, 1887

Daily Thoughts 09/30/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read the Wall Street Journal on the way to work.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I read a copy of the New York Times Book Review.

There is a Fundamentals of Computers Class and a Beginning Microsoft Word 2019 class in the computer lab tonight.

I checked some books in the mezzanine.

I checked some of the 300s on the main floor.  We also continued working on shifting.

Web Bits


Machine Learning: This Machine Read 3.5 Million Books Then Told Us What It Thought About Men and Women

Will the President Trump Library Be Built on Staten Island

In A Syrian Town Under Siege, A Secret Library Kept Dreams Alive


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Daily Thoughts 09/29/2019

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ancient seal, original, currently in the archaeological museum of Iraklion, origin unknown

Daily Thoughts 09/29/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some of The Art of Mindful Reading last night on the way home.  I read about different ways to read poetry and how to use Haiku as a meditative art.

I also read some more of The Disordered Mind.  I am reading about Parkinson's disease and other neuromusculature disorders.

Web Bits

Book Vending Machines Coming to Eastside, Hilltop Which Lost Libraries to Budget Cuts

Can Libraries Save America

Down With Dewey




Saturday, September 28, 2019

Daily Thoughts 09/28/2019

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Poland Mrs Batowska's travelling library, 18th Century

Daily Thoughts 09/28/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I started reading The Art of Mindful Embracing The Wisdom of Words by Ella Berthoud.  This book is about reading as both a contemplative and meditative practice.

I read some more of The Disordered Mind last night.  Eric R.  Kandel describes how brain disorders can kindle creativity.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I shifted some of the 300s.  I checked some of the 250s in the mezzanine.  I also checked some of the 300s on the main floor.

I am cutting out speech bubbles for a comics collage for the Comics Expo today from 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Public Library.

Right now, I am watching the children's room.

The Mount Vernon Public Library Comic Expo is on today.  The bat mobile was at the Comic Expo as well as Ghostbusters car which were fun to look at up close.

I had a chance to buy a few issues of Judge Dredd and a few issues of Barbarella.

They were doing comics collage in the children's area.

I also had some jerk chicken for lunch which was good.

Right now, I am watching the adult area.

One of my colleagues is taking some pictures of the Comic Expo.

Web Bits


One in Five Americans Now Listen to Audiobooks

Enjoy Free Internet at the Library? You Can Thank This Woman


Friday, September 27, 2019

Daily Thoughts 09/27/2019


Daily Thoughts 09/27/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Disordered Mind on the way to work.  I am reading about how creativity is often sparked by brain disorders.  There is the example of the artist Chuck Close.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

We worked on flyers today.

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

I spent some time shifting books on the main floor.  I also worked on weeding in the 300s and the 200s.

Tomorrow is the Mount Vernon Public Library Comic Expo.

Web Bits


'NYT' Shifts Lists Again

At 'Captions' Hearing, Judge Hammers Audible's Fair Use Argument

Encore: How A Librarian Changed A Future Judge's Life

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Daily Thoughts 09/26/2019

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Swedish Author Viktor Rydberg Reading a Book In His Rocking Chair, Anders Zorn, 1890

Daily Thoughts 09/26/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I finished reading The Atlas of Happiness The Global Secrets of How to Be Happy by Helen Russell.  This book goes over different concepts of happiness from different countries.  For example, it described the concept of Homeyness for Americans and why people liked to craft.  There are many different suggestions on how to be happy from all over the world.  It is a positive, upbeat book with plenty of colorful images throughout the text.

I read some more of The Disordered Mind on the way back from work.  I am reading about schizophrenia.

I checked the gift books and the display books.

I have been checking the mezzanine.  I also am checking the 300s and the 800s upstairs.

We did some more shifting of books on the main floor.

We have a digital camera which we are getting ready to use this Saturday for the Comic Expo.

I spent some time looking up our representatives for Mount Vernon, New York in preparation for a fundraiser.

Today is the day for the staff raffle for Adult Summer Reading.  We have a separate raffle for the staff who participate in Adult Summer Reading.

I placed holds on the Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor for the book club.

I also checked out the book, The Art of Mindful Reading Embracing the Wisdom of Words by Ella Berthoud.

Web Bits


Brooklyn Libraries on their Way to Net Zero CO2 Emissions

New York Public Library Convinced Thousands of People to Read Books In Instagram Stories

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Daily Thoughts 09/25/2019

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Harrietbackernoruega-leitora-1890

Daily Thoughts 09/25/2019

I checked the library Twitter and Facebook this morning.

I read some more of The Atlas of Happiness last night.  I read about tapeo and sobremesa from Spain.

I read some of The Disordered Mind on the train on the way to work.  I am reading about schizophrenia.

I met with John R. Howard today to discuss the advertising for his fundraising campaign for his his book Poor Joshua: The Deshaney Case and Child Abuse In America.

I checked the displays and the gift books.

I worked on shifting the nonfiction this morning on the main floor.

I also spent some time looking at the 800s.

I spent some time checking the books in the mezzanine.

I spent a little more time looking at new science titles for books.

I also worked on a few orders of books.

Web Bits


Oprah's Book Club Reimagined Via Partnership With Apple

For the Love of Libraries

The SF Public Library Cleared Late Fees for 260,000 Patrons. I was One of Them.