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The Big Short August 18, 2011

Posted by roganp in Recommendations.
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The Big ShortAs I write this, our Congress is debating our national financial future. Our President and the Speaker of the House have gone on television to state their viewpoints of what needs to be done in this crisis. Libraries have traditional sought to educate the average person  to be informed, participating citizens and voters. Toward that aim, we have newspapers from a variety of places with a variety of viewpoints; compare a few to dig out the facts and make up your own mind. Try the Washington Post versus the New York Times. We also have magazines such as the US News and World Report and the Congressional Digest. We  have databases that you can reach from our homepage with many more newspapers and magazines. And for a deeper, more thoughtful insight into the issues of the day, try a book. For insight into the current financial crisis where decisions will affect each and every one of us; read The Big Short : Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis or How the West Was Lost: 50 Years of Economic Folly by Dambisa Moyo. A bestseller is Reckless Endangerment : how outsized ambition, greed and corruption led to economic armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson. Libraries across the country have computers for public use to   allow access to information about current issues of the day. From our homepage you can find useful links that are organized by the Dewey Decimal System.  Government is 300. I recommend the website http://www.votesmart.org/ to find your representatives and how they vote on key issues. It is up to every one of us to keep informed, and to  let our representatives know how we would like them to vote.


Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Furry Farewell August 11, 2011

Posted by macethedog in Mace.
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MaceIt’s time for me to say goodbye. I will be going on to the next phase of my training, on Friday Aug 12th. Thank you all for helping with my training so far. It’s been very important to have all the interaction (petting) that I have had in the past 18 months. I have learned to sit or stand quietly while letting kids pet me (OK…sometimes hug me or strangle me but that’s alright). I have learned not to lick the little kids, no matter how good their faces or hands smell. It’s really been a lot of fun to have all the kids read me stories; I think that has been the best part. I got to put my head in their laps and snuggle up to them and hear great stories. It’s been a lot of fun to be able to come to work with my mom. I’m going to miss her. We have had some great adventures. We went hiking in Virginia (don’t ask me about the ticks…ouch).  We drove to NC and FL to visit family and then rode home in a big plane!  I didn’t have much room on the floor, but I did great. In fact, I have heard (while I was spying) that I was the best puppy she has every raised, that I did everything great! Now I hear that I’m going to have to really work hard, if I want to have a career as a service dog. I hear that I will be in training for 6-9 months with the best trainers. I will be taught to open any doors (refrigerators included…yum, yum) and pick up anything off the floors, on command. I can’t surf the floors looking for goodies though. I will really have to be on my best behavior, if I want to graduate and make my mom proud of me.

I have to tell you about my replacement puppy; her name is Saleena. She is my half sister (we have the same 4-legged mom), but let me tell you, she isn’t anything like me!  My 2-legged mom will have her work cut out for her with that golden airhead.  She has way more energy than I have, but mom is a great trainer and I know she will show her the proper way to behave. I know you will all help her to train Saleena to be a great dog like I am.

I love you all and will miss you,


Loving Librarianship August 8, 2011

Posted by metzgerd in Van Etten, Youth Services.
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Big Rabbit's Bad MoodI love being a librarian. Here is an example of one of the reasons why:

A six-year-old girl just came in with her grandpa. Tayla couldn’t find any picture books to suit her, so Grandpa & I selected books we thought she might like.  At random, I pulled out one called: “Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood.” I laughed inwardly, because I happened to be in a Bad Mood myself, although I was successfully acting cheerful on the outside.  On impulse, I plopped down and read part of the book to Tayla, making growly voices for the Big Bad Mood as he followed Rabbit, “stuck to him like glue.”  I wanted to get Tayla interested in the story, but I also wanted to know how Rabbit got rid of his Mood, for me!  Just as Rabbit got a “very, very brilliant idea” about how to get rid of his Bad Mood, I clapped the book shut.  I told Tayla that she should take the book home to read and then tell me what Rabbit did about his Mood so I could get rid of mine.

I was rewarded with a small, shy smile. Tayla decided to take the book home.  Grandpa told me that Tayla often pretends she’s a librarian and makes him check his books in and out properly at home.  I beamed at Tayla, amazed that I had made any impression on this quiet little girl, who has barely looked me in the eye or said three words to me in all the time I’ve known her.

I still don’t know what Rabbit did to get rid of his Big Bad Mood. But Tayla, her grandfather, and finding the right book for them (and myself), rid me of mine.

The thrill of finding the right book, (or information), at the right time, for the right person.  I love being part of that, and this library profession that holds that process at its center.

Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
Van Etten Library

Meet Monty August 1, 2011

Posted by poppendeckc in Youth Services.
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MontyHere is your official introduction to Montigue T. Moose! “Monty” was conceived as a way to connect to other libraries, share an experience with them, and bring the experience and good will to our patrons. He is one of our story time puppets, traveling via parcel post, to libraries that have volunteered to host him via the library listserv.

Monty is doing a great job as the CCLD Goodwill Ambassador. His first stop was New York City, and the famous library there. He posed with Fortitude, one of the library lions. He also attended a storytelling festival! Afterwards, he traveled to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, West Palm Beach, Florida (where he met up with “relatives”, Uncle Malcolm and Cousin Marc) and was a huge hit there, as the guest of honor at a story time tea.

He continues to travel the U.S. and Canada (where he is helping with the grand opening celebration of a new library!) until May of 2012. Watch his Facebook page, which you can find on the CCLD’s Facebook front page, or directly at http://www.facebook.com/montytmoose .

MiltonTo keep the home fires burning, Monty’s brother, Milton, is making the rounds at Summer Reading Club events at Steele, and all branch libraries. He is a little nervous being in the spotlight, so give him a warm welcome if you see him at your local library!

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library

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