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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

St. Louis Public Library

I took this picture of one of the quotes on the side of the St. Louis Public Library. Do people agree or disagree with this quote? Or do you have a different take on the quote?

Direction

If you ever need direction in life here is a suggestion. Go this way.

Stamps

The post office released a new set of stamps called American Advances in Aviation. A B-24 called the Black Cat is depicted on the stamps. The Black Cat was the last plane shot down in the European theater during WWII. There is a book called Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II that was written by the nephew of one of the men on the plane.

Pepperpad

On May 6th I posted this journal entry about the Pepperpad. In the Teleread Blog there is this entry today Library tech expert loves the Pepper Pad–and sees it as a good e-book machine As always LISNEWS is the place to hear things first.

That is not on Google.

I am looking for some example of questions that are asked of librarians where the information is not available on the free Internet but the information is available in the library. I have some examples but mine all focus around the type of library I work in and I am hoping to get a broader range of examples.

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One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

Andre Gide (1869 - 1951)

Irony

I just sold a book to a person in New York. The mailing address was a business on Wall Street. I think people may find the title of the book to be ironic. Link to book title.

East Coast Bias

I have been using the website Paperbackswap.com to exchange books. The site has a neat mapping feature that show where your books are sent to and where the books you get come from. Take a look at the maps for the books I have sent and received. There is a clear east coast bias.

iPod Murder

Story in the NYT.

Independent New York Bookstore

I sold a copy of Altered Carbon to an independent bookstore in New York City today. I find it kind of ironic that an independent bookstore in New York is buying from an Amazon seller in the midwest. Like everyone else he or she probably wants a cheaper copy of the book.

Saturday Book

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
Direct link
to book at PBS.
Direct link to book at Amazon.

Paperbackswap.com

At Paperbackswap.com you can list your used books and if someone requests them you receive one credit for each book you ship to someone else. Each credit can be used to request a book that you want. You can also buy credits for roughly $2 a piece. Not a bad price to have a book brought right to your front door. There is no shipping charge so a book only cost a credit. You can get a credit for $2 or you can ship someone a book.
Here are some books at the site that I recommend:

Titgroup

I receive an email with the subject line "Titgroup: titgroup in antwerp heart of Europe". I roll my eyes and wonder why my spam filter works so poorly. But the rest of the subject line does not seem to fit for a sex related email so I open the message. The message seems to be spam but it is not of the porn variety. It seems several people of the marine persuasion from Belgium have decided to open a marine services company called "Titgroup".

Gulag

On the cover of the hardcover edition of The Gulag Archipelago there is the following quote that I have always found interesting.

Books and Prisons

I have been selling books online. Recently I have had two orders that have gone to prisons and I have had problems with each order. One book went to a federal prison in Louisiana. Two weeks after I mailed the book I recieved the book back from the post office. There was a sticker on the package that books could only be sent by bookstores and direct from publishers. On the first package I had only included my return address but not the name of my store. I have a batch of return labels that is only big enough for my street address, city, and state.

Plutarch Quotes

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

--Plutarch

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

--Plutarch

Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

--Plutarch

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I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
- Franklin P. Adams

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