As we go into the end of the year, we start thinking here about all the things we'd like to accomplish in 2016.
At the top of my list is to build some kind of "maker space," a place where we could have a 3D printer; soldering stations; sewing machines; and all kinds of things to work on and build, helping our patrons learn how to do everything from saw a board to code an app.
I think we have the space, although it's limited. Now we just need the stuff: work benches, computers, printers, etc.
Last year during December we ran a very low-key campaign to get patrons to think about donating to the library before the end of the year for tax purposes. And we raised some money!
This year, we're going to do the same thing. No arm-twisting. No pressure. Just letting you know the opportunity is there, and your gift will be a tax present for you.
For my last cooking class here at the library, I cooked some vegetarian fare, notably because of the report issued by the World Health Organization last month that eating red meat and processed meat could kill you.
Maybe you saw the story in the papers or on TV. It seems that stuff like bacon and sausage will cause cancer over time. Eat enough over a lifetime, and these things might kill you before a heart attack, skin cancer, car wreck, climate change or an accidental war.
Lots of folks have now come to the defense of processed meats. One, writing last Sunday in the New York Times, said the report was the result of junk science. The Wall Street Journal had a story last Thursday out of Frankfurt, Germany, not debunking the science but deriding the idea that something so close to the German heart as sausage should be labeled as bad for you.
In these regards, I am reminded of a couple of familial connections: One, my grandfather always counseled that one should take all things in moderation; and, two, my father ate bacon or ham nearly every day of his adult life and lived to be 83 years of age. He did not die of colorectal cancer; instead, he died of a combination of factors, among them prostate cancer, which is not caused by eating processed meat.
Amazon opened its firsts bricks-and-mortar store today in Washington State, and it appers that it is much like every other bookstore on the planet.
There is an exception, and it is of singular importance, I think.
All the books in the inventory at the store are shelved with the cover facing outward. The browsing visitor can see entire cover, not the spine.
Bookstores traditionall do best-sellers with a cover-out shelving scheme and then float a few others here and there in their collections.
The issue is space. If you face books outward, there is limited room for other books. That's why most libraries don't have face-out shelving schemes. We'd have far fewer books if we did.
Obviously, Amazon sees this as a must way to do things. And that means that what they have to offer for sale in that physical space will be very limited. Maybe they don't care because they don't intend to sell a deep and broad collection, just what's current and hot on the market.
At least, that sounds like their strategy.
Several library branches in the Phoenix area are helping their patrons do something besides just sit there and read.
They have installed treadmills.
Yep. You can now read and walk at these libraries.
A $20,000 grant from a city fitness/wellness group provided the funding.
I once knew a history professor who would walk across campus while reading a book. He ran into lots of people and almost got hit by motorists who expected him to obey pedestrian traffic laws.
So, it's not like there aren't people out there who'd like to do juggle more than one task at a time.
A new report out today says American teens continue to embrace Instagram, but have not completely abandoned FaceBook.
I'm a little surprised since Instagram, which is for photos and videos, is so much like FaceBook in terms of facilitating "sharing." (Boy, am I sick of that term.)
Thirty-three percent of teens say that Instagram is the most important application out there. Only 14 percent say FaceBook is.
FaceBook is probably seen as something for old people.
Way down the list of most important apps is Pinterest, and that, too, is no surprise. Pinterest is a little girlie for guys.
That Instagram is so liked tells me a lot about how many photos are being taken with smartphones.
Is there anything that hasn't been shot?
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