April 2012

I can't wait to read that

I recently spent three days doing something I absolutely love to do, which is to head over to JWMS to talk to the kids about what they are reading and to book talk the 2013 Garden State Teen Book Award Nominees for Middle School.

All you need is Love

Our "Inside A Child’s Mind" speaker series will conclude for this season on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.,with the appearance of Kapila Love, children’s librarian and early literacy specialist. "Education and reading seem to be a competitive sport," says Love." I want to focus on the fundamentals of reading, and children’s reading particularly, in a way that is compassionate, humanistic and downright magical.”

Get fit, have fun

Spring has sprung. The neighborhood is blooming. We’re coming out of our hibernation and getting out and about more. Hooray! Pick up some fun exercise DVDs and try a new fitness routine. Whether it’s yoga, Zumba®, or T’ai Chi, we have some really good samplers in our library DVD collection.

More about Barb

Barbara Ackerman, a long-time employee of the Lending Services Department, is well known for her book recommendations, her caring ways, and her song writing skills. But how many people know that Barbara is also a published author? Perhaps I was the last to learn this about her. Here is the second part of a two-part interview with Barbara.

Q: Can you tell us how your book, “Ask Angela,” came about?

Today on this day... April 4th

There have been many significant historical events on this date in history.  As a learning exercise I used the "list" feature to put together a "Topic Guide" in our new Bibliocommons catalog highlighting a number of the historical events that have occurred on April 4th.

Protect yourself

I remember when I learned that computer viruses were not just some weird electronic byproduct but were actually created by malicious people who sent them out into the world to destroy others' computers.  I just couldn't understand it. What was there to gain? Then I learned that, in the case of a virus that allows information to be stolen by an identify thief, the criminal has a lot to gain.

Books to check out

One of the benefits of staffing the Welcome Desk is talking about great books. Two recently released titles that have been frequently requested are the fictional novel, "Lone Wolf" by Jodi Picoult and the nonfiction title, "The Obamas" by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor. Both of these recently made it to my "to read" list. Not able to put either down, I finished them in time to blog about them here.  

"Lone Wolf" by Jodi Picoult