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If we Really Read Bradbury, Orwell [et.al]...

The following thoughts come in the afternath of reading the article entitled New Look for Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' from Publisher's Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6654436.html?industryid=47140/. As a lover of Ray Bradbury's work, as well as that of George Orwell and other futuristic authors, I pose a few questions.

If we really read Bradbury, Orwell [et.al]...

Would we be so quick to put our words into an electronic format which is so easily changeable.

Would we be so quick to weed children's books because of a "lead paint" problem.

Would we forsake our personal reading time for time with social media.

Would we continue to call ourselves information technologists, rather than the noble term of librarian.

I hate to be a bother, but I just had to ask.

Together : A Shared Vision

Book Review: Together: a Novel of Shared Vision by Tom Sullivan with Betty White; published in large print by Center Point Publishing, 2008.

I saw the book Together on a large print book list. I was looking for some "gentle" fiction for some of my older large print users, who have forsaken much of general literature because they view it as being too vile for their enjoyment.

I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It is a story about Brendan McCarthy, who a pre-Med student who likes to live on the edge. With a hot girlfriend, Brendan thinks that he is on top of the world the fateful day he begins his descent from a mountain peak that will change his life forever. In a convergent story, Nelson is the third name given to a highly intelligent black lab that is going through service dog training for the third time.

Tom Sullivan and Betty White take a plot line that could have been completely formulaic and add sufficient plot twists to make you excited about turning the pages.

This book is a wonderful addition to any large print collection because it touches so many areas of interest for large print readers. The book proves to be a fairly gentle read, with only a small amount of bad language. As a dog story, it has a strong appeal to people like this writer who has black labs of my own. Third it offers contemporary gentle fiction that is not religious in nature. This will be welcome to patrons who do not want materials with vulgar language, graphic violence, or sexually explicit descriptions. -- Read More

Support Your Glocal Library

The libraries that thrive in the coming years will be those that learn to offer the best glocal service. Glocalization is the new term that some are bantering about in the fields of politics and economics, where although the populace around the world is able to conduct global business at will, but the concerns of both the worker and the consumer is turning to local issues.

The libraries that can best master glocalization will me the most likely to excell.

Great glocal libraries will:

1. Provide the best databases available for their size of community. This means not only having the databases, but having traied personnel who are adept at using those databases.

2. Have a strong, yet diverse core collection of materials in both hard copy and digital formats.

3. Provide for both the educational and recreational information needs of their people.

4. Encourage and support production of creative works by patrons within the community.

5. Develop a strong local collection of both fiction and nonfiction works that represent the local interests of the community.

While there are more things that libraries must do to continue to be successful, these represent some of the core things that libraries must do to survive in the glocal economy.

Picturing America This Summer

The South Sioux City Public Library has just started a blog for the Picturing America Bookshelf entitled, Picturing America This Summer http://picturingamericathissummer.blogspot.com/.

The library will post pathfinders that they have created for each of the books in the bookshelf, share programming with other libraries and invite other librarians to share their Picturing America Bookshelf ideas with one another.

We are excited about having the Picturing America Bookshelf this year because it dovetails so well with the Summer Reading Program theme this summer: "Get Creative @ :your Library".

The Centrality of Poetry in Libraries

I find it fitting that National Poetry Month & National Library Week occur in the same month.

I was introduced to books before I could walk. Books, oral stories, nursery rhymes etc. It was no surprise that I would discover the public library. This was in the dark ages before Summer Reading Program, or Teen Read Week.

It took some motivation to get me to read even though I loved stories. It was originally stories about sports heroes that filled my book list. As I grew older, I discovered music, then poetry.

It was a small step from John Lennon's lyrics to the poetry of Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. Teachers in school taught lyrics as a form of poetry, I was captivated by music like most teens. I listened to the music and read every book about every band that I could find. Those were either in the 780s music, or the 920 collected biography section of the library.

And right in the middle was poetry. I read poetry as a teen because I loved it and because several poets were on the list of authors that one ought to read before attending college. I read poetry, then American literature, essays, anything that would get a commoners son ready for college. But poetry was the key that opened the door for me.

Amid this week of remiinding our communities of the importance of libraries, let us take some time and remind our readers of the centrality of poetry to the library.

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