Monthly Archives: March 2012

Dear Reader: Where’s the paperless society?

Where are the flying cars? And the robot maid? We were told that computers would bring on the paperless society. Well, here are some surprising statistics from Tech Soup, the company that sells discount computer software to nonprofits: Paper’s Shocking Statistics. We here at Plumb recycle as much as we can, especially office paper, newspapers, and boxes. We also use 30% recycled paper in the copier and computer printers. Like everyone else, there is probably more that we can do.

Librarians seem to gravitate toward cats and knitting, and here’s a new book that combines all three: Knit Your Own Cat. To be fair, they also offer Knit Your Own Dog.

The links for Law Depot and Transparent Language are now live. For Law Depot, you can go here:Law Depot Login Page. Have your library card handy each time you log in. For Transparent Language, go to this page: Transparent Language. So far, I’ve tried German, Scotts Gaelic, and Latin. The Gaelic is by far the most difficult.

And lastly, we are now offering coupons for Pawtucket Red Sox games. There is one coupon per game day per family, and each gets you up to 6 tickets for a total of $18. The coupons must be reserved in advance, like any museum pass, and do not guarantee that you will receive tickets, as they are based on availability. We have Paw Sox schedules too. Reserve your coupon up to one month in advance. We also have the library pass for the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford, thanks to the Friends.


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Dear Reader: 3/26/12

I’m back! I took a little break after PLA (too many ideas running around in my head), which was an incredible time. I took many notes (which are not in front of my right now), but I can say, without a doubt, that the Flying Monkey Bakery in Reading Terminal Market sells the most delicious goodies in the city. I sampled a couple of whoopie pies and a macaroon, both yummy. If you’re planning a trip to Philly, stop by the Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, and check it out.

As a result of one workshop, I’ve decided to name this twice-weekly blog “Dear Reader”, mostly because of the famous line in Jane Eyre: “Reader, I married him.” This will set aside my blog of links, musings, and updates from anything else that gets posted here. So let’s go!

We had a wonderfully busy Saturday on the 24th. First we had Coffee with the Candidates. Only four candidates showed up, and no-one came by to chat with them, but still they got to know each other, which is a good thing. We’ll do it again next year. Then we had “Musik-n-fun”, but without Aoife Clancy, who had a sudden illness and had to cancel at the last minute. Many thanks to Andrea Cooper and Colin Everett, who graciously stepped in. Everyone had fun. This, on top of the usual Saturday madness made for a packed parking lot and harried librarians. Next up: the Cafe Parlez book group will discuss The Invention of Hugo Cabret this Thursday evening at 6:30. Anyone is welcome to come and dive into the lively discussion.

The Hunger Games opened this weekend. Since Mr.P and I don’t like crowds, we will wait for a couple of weeks. I enjoyed this series very much, and I realize that many people want to read it. I will be ordering another set of the books this week, hoping that this will move the holds list along for Rochester readers. While you’re waiting, there are many books like Hunger Games that are also good. Two that come to mind are Enclave, by Ann Aguirre, and The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau. Here is a link to a list of other dystopian novels for teens: The Ultimate Hunger Games Read-Alike List. Thank you to the Seattle Public Library for these suggestions. From the New York Public Library, we have a short list of forthcoming movies based on books: No, But I Read the Book. I’ve heard that the John Carter movie stank, so stick to the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs (yes, the author of Tarzan). Personally, I’m excited about World War Z, a zombie novel that actually read like a docu-drama movie.

On the e-book front, the public is starting to take notice, which is a good thing since the big publishers don’t care what librarians think. Here is a good report: Consumers Start to Take Notice.

Lastly, the library will be adding two new databases to our line-up, which currently consists of Universal Class, Optimal Resume, and Encyclopedia Britannica. On April 1, we will add Law Depot, where you can download and use free legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, health care proxy, bill of sale, rental leases, etc.; and BYKI Language learning, offering lessons in 80 languages. All for free for Rochester card holders. This adds to the excellent databases from the MA Library System. This is why we’ve been nagging you about your cards!

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What’s happening?

Well, I’m back from PLA with a head-full of ideas and notes. I’ll type them up and report later. However, we’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this week at the library.

The Nonfiction Book Group meets this Thursday, 3/22, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss In the Garden of Beasts. Jen will lead the group this month, which should be interesting. April’s book is Columbine, a large-ish book, so pick it up early if you’re interested. Cafe Parlez meets on March 29, and I will be leading the discussion on The Invention of Hugo Cabret starting at 6:30.

Saturday March 24 will be a busy day. We’re starting out the day with Coffee with the Candidates, starting at 9:30. Meet some of the candidates for local office before the election in April. Coffee and pastries will be served. At 11:30, Aoife Clancy will be entertaining the younger crowd with Musik-n-Fun: A St. Paddy’s Day Celebration. Children ages 4-10 are urged to sign up.

Someone dropped off two large boxes of cookbooks last week, and we’ve got them for sale, $1 for hardcovers, $.50 for paperbacks (depending on size). There are some *ahem* elderly cookbooks here, which usually are a real hoot. Someone already picked up the Boston Cooking School cookbook, mainly for its recipes on serving pigeon. Drop by.

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Spring has sprung!

The weather is warm and balmy (for this area, in March), the crocuses (croci?) are up and blooming, as are some daffodils. Rumor has it that the bear has returned, this time with a cub. I’d like to say that the robins are back, but they never left. However, the red-wing blackbirds are back! It must be spring, no matter what the calendar says.

One of my favorite blogs is “Cake Wrecks”, where they show cakes decorated in many and varied terrible ways. On Sundays, however, they show what good cake decorators can do. This past Sunday, the theme was childrens books. Here is the link: Sunday Sweets Story Time. I LOVE the “Howl’s Moving Castle” cake. And the ones from Goodnight Moon, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are stellar. I would hate to cut into them, but I suppose if you didn’t, you’d end up with a cake like Miss Havisham’s wedding cake in Great Expectations.

Yesterday, I went to a Literary Tea at the Wamsutta Club, sponsored by the Claire T. Carney Library Associates (the Carney library is at UMass Dartmouth). The three authors were Margot Livesy, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy; Ha Jin, author of Nanjing Requiem; and Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale and Cafe Parlez’ June selection The Three Junes. These were not authors that I had read, though Waiting by Ha Jin has been on my reading list for a while. After hearing them speak, I can’t wait to read their latest titles.

There will only be one post this week as I will be at the Public Library Association’s conference in Philadelphia, my old stompin’ grounds. I’ll be coming back next week with lots of information and free swag, not to mention whoopie pies from the Reading Terminal Market. Have a great week!

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Friday at last!

It’s Friday! The rest of the state has enjoyed spring already. We got wind, a chilly, strong wind. I hope everyone came through all right.

We have lots of space in our special “Musik-n-Fun” program with Aoife Clancy, held on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. This program is for children ages 4-10 and is a lot of fun. How do we know? Aoife came by a few weeks ago to let us sample it. She had us clapping, singing, and -yes!- dancing along. You and your child will have a boatload of fun, and will hear Irish songs and stories. Sign up your favorite lass or lad.

Also on March 24, we’ll have an informal “meet and greet” with the local candidates starting at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. This is a good chance for working people to meet their friends and neighbors who are dedicated enough to run for local office. Drop by for a cup of coffee and a pastry, and chat with the candidates.

And, finally, we’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Lots of books are being published in recognition of this occasion, and we’re getting a few. Keep an eye open for a list coming up next month. Next week, I’m off to the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia, starting on Wednesday. More on this Monday!

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March 5 post

I’m just back from the Rochester Knitters annual retreat at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Wareham. It was a lovely weekend, and so great to be around such creative, fun women. Don’t forget that we have our creative time on Friday afternoons, knitting, crocheting, whatever.

Also don’t forget about our contest(s). Name our Friends Book Sale shelf and win a tote bag and some free books. Also, once we hit 100 “likes” on Facebook, we’ll draw a name from them for a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Some people have already jumped on board; don’t be left behind!

Aoife Clancy will be presenting “Musik-n-Fun: A St. Paddy’s Day Celebration” on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. for children ages 4-10. She came by a few weeks ago to demonstrate the program to the staff and had us all up dancing. It’s great fun, so be sure to register!

We were sad to read about the death of Jan Berenstain last week. The remaining half of the Berenstain Bears creators was continuing the series with the help of their sons when she passed away at age 88. HERE is the obituary from School Library Journal. The Berenstain sons will continue their parents’ legacy. Extra points if you can name the first book that featured the Bear family. Answer on Friday.

Lastly, if you have a new (or old) child in the family, and want to build a library for him/her, here is a valuable list created by NYPL’s Elizabeth Bird: A Top 50 List of the Best Books for Kids. She has included something for every age and taste.

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Friday at last!

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I present to you the “Re-Seussification Project”, courtesy of School Library Journal. Click HERE to see artists re-illustrate The Cat in the Hat in the style of Jon Klassen and Arnold Lobel, Horton Hatches the Egg in the style of Laurent de Brunhoff and William Steig, and, my favorite, Green Eggs and Ham in the style of Eric Carle and Tomie DePaola. The real artists are listed at the end of the blog post, so be sure to look.
We have our own Seuss-ing going on. Kids can make a guess on how many fish are in the bowl. Names will be drawn after tomorrow, so be sure to drop by and make a guess.
Also coming up in March: Coffee with the Candidates – an informal “meet and greet” with your neighbors who are running for town office. It takes place on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m., and refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. We need to clear out at 11, because at 11:30, Aoife Clancy will be performing her “Musik -n – Fun – St. Paddy’s Day Celebration” for children ages 4-10. Pre-registration is required. This is going to be a fun program, so sign up now.

We have been highlighting a Book of the Month since January. January’s book was The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. February – Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks. March’s book is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente. I saw her read from this book, to music written and performed by Tricksie Pixie, at the Boston Science Fiction Conference last month. I brought the library’s copy with me, and had her sign it. It’s currently out, but place a reserve. These are all books that the three of us read and liked, so they come highly recommended.

That’s it for now. I’m off to a knitting retreat with my fellow Rochester knitters, so have a great weekend, everyone!

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