Friday, May 25, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. Because everyone catalogs together, you can also use LibraryThing to find people with similar libraries, get suggestions from people with your tastes and so forth.
How LibraryThing Works
LibraryThing is really two sites in one.
First, it is a powerful tool to catalog your personal library. Users add books to their catalog by entering titles, authors, or ISBN numbers. LibraryThing then searches the Library of Congress, all five national Amazon sites, and over 45 world libraries, and returns with precise book data. Users can then edit the books in their catalog, tag their books with their own subjects, and use the Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal systems to organize their collections.
LibraryThing is also an amazing social space, connecting people with similar libraries. It also makes book recommendations based on the collective intelligence of the other libraries.
Visiting this website is fun. They even have "unsuggestions" - telling people which books they wouldn't like to read based on their personal library! Click here to start your browsing.
My favorite color - spring green!
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Maidenhair fern fronds against Squirrel Corn leaves.
Friday, May 11, 2007
We began the legislative year requesting $1.6 million to support the 178 public libraries in Vermont. This would equal about 10% of each library’s operating expenses. We were well received at the statehouse; every lawmaker has a least one library in their district and who does not want to be a supporter of libraries? But when it came time for the appropriations committees to consider direct aid there was little support.
The study committee bill does give us the opportunity to make our case and we will be at the statehouse on the opening day of the session next year. Whether we are successful will depend in large part on our ability to mobilize library patrons and board members around the state to advocate directly with their representatives.
An excerpt from the bill that passed, H-99:
(a) The joint fiscal office and the legislative council shall identify other states that are comparable to Vermont in terms of population or population density.
(b) After acquiring information regarding libraries in states of comparable population, the JFO and LC shall:
(5) Compare the level of state funding provided to public libraries in Vermont to state funding provided to public libraries in states of similar population.
(6) Identify the additional funding that will be required to meet the growing demand for services from public libraries in Vermont and maintain the quality of their operations.
(c) The JFO and LC shall submit a report detailing the results of their study to the general assembly by January 15, 2008.
The full text of the bill can be found by going the Vermont Legislature’s web site and entering the bill number, H-99.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
NINETEEN MINTUES by Jodi Picoult is a terrifying novel, especially so after the recent Virginia Tech shootings. Among other things, this book deals with:
*the life and perspective of troubled youth,
*how our society breeds bullies,
*are schools, parents, peers, lax gun control laws or violent video
*games to blame
and much more.
If you are interested in attending a casual discussion group about this book at the Kellogg Hubbard Library on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 7pm, please contact Conrad Boucher at 223-3697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library has two copies of this book.
Friday, May 4, 2007
All of the following items are ONE GREAT PRIZE for a lucky winner!
*$75 gift certificate from Boulevard Gardens
*Two Hours of Garden Consultation from Layne’s Garden Design
*$25 gift certificate from von Trapp Greenhouse
*Two Tickets to Goddard College Greatwood Gardens Tour and Tea
*Perennials for American Gardens by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Nicolas H. Ekstrom, donated by The Book Garden
*Assorted Items from Gardener’s Supply Company
*Two 20-quart bags of manure compost and one 6-quart bag of Compost Plus from Vermont Compost Company
*$15 gift certificate from Highland Gardens (Vendor at Montpelier Farmers’ Market)
*Assorted seeds and Garden Frogs in Tub
Tickets are $2 each, 6 for $10 and 15 for $20. Drawing is May 31, 2007
All proceeds benefit the Kellogg-Hubbard Library
We appreciate the generosity of all the people and companies that donated services and items for this great raffle!
This is a small-budget operation with the survey being processed through our internet provider, Sovernet. When you complete the survey online and click send, you are then connected to your e-mail account and your survey is sent to us as an e-mail. This means the survey will not be confidential, as it will contain your e-mail address. If you seek anonymity, come to the library to complete the survey. (We will not share or save e-mail addresses.)
Either way, we want to hear from you!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Last Minute Poem for Chernobyl
A battle for nothingness.
Never won and never lost.
So many causes -
dying nuclear power plants,
big factories, hate, war.
And yet, disease is the only one majorly fought.
To those fighting other causes,
I say, “Keep going!”
- Maia Fialco, age 8
This poem was written for the 20th anniversary of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl.
Review by Claire, Kellogg-Hubbard Librarian
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
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