Archive for April, 2010

What Happens In The Library…

Posted April 29, 2010 By Jandy

My daughter, the almost-librarian (3 weeks??) sent me this link in a retired librarian’s blog:

1992 Librarians and the Sex Survey

Now please notice and remember that this was a joke in the early 1990’s. Although he had and published the responses, this was not a scientific survey. This was just fun for the time. Will Manley was active in the librarian field and still remains informed.

It’s The Last Weekend in April Again

Posted April 24, 2010 By Jandy

That means it’s the L.A. Times Festival of Books again. This year I came with my older daughter. She hadn’t come up here yet. We sat in on a panel of writers who had written books about baseball – Game Six by Mark Frost, Giants Past and Present by Dan Fost, and Forever Blue by Michael D’Antonio. Although I’m not the big baseball fan in our family, it is part of my family heritage.

The panel was fascinating. Now I want to read one of the books – although it’s a toss up between Game Six about the Boston Red Sox/Cincinnati Reds World Series in 1975 or Forever Blue about the Brooklyn Dodgers moving to become the L.A. Dodgers.

We wandered around, sat in at the Children’s Stage when Bernadette Peters read and sang her newest children’s picture book, Stella Is a Star (illustrated by Liz Murphy). We also visited in and out of many of the vendors’ pavilions and basically had a great time. We’re going back tomorrow for a couple more panels. I’ll be wiped out tomorrow night.

Duh! Headlines

Posted April 22, 2010 By Jandy

American Action Films Continue To Portray Female Heroines As The Weaker Sex

Are we supposed to be surprised?


Posted April 15, 2010 By Jandy

The Do-Re-Mi by Ken KuhlkenFather and son talking:

“I know you wanted to play music, same as I do. But the Depression knocked you out.”

“And something might come along and send your dreams packing. The fact is, most of us can’t be what we wanted to be.”

“Why not?”

He frowned like a war reporter giving yesterday’s body count. “Because life has a habit of making us be who we are.”

From The Do-Re-Mi by Ken Kuhlken

What Are Those Words?

Posted April 12, 2010 By Jandy

After writing that last post, I wandered around a librarian blog or two, then followed links. I found Lyric Wiki. It has the lyrics to hundreds (thousands?) of songs. This week White Rabbit has been in my head (I was watching a TV show where it was featured). It’s been over 40 years since Jefferson Airplane sang that song. Now, finally, I’m past the blurry sounds and I know what the dormouse said

It’s National Library Week

Posted April 12, 2010 By Jandy

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman is this year’s reader for National Library Week.

Actually the timing is good for me. I had reserved a copy of the new book This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. It came in last week and I started reading it yesterday. Reading about all these librarians active on the Internet, in their own cities, within the librarian community, in Second Life, blogging, etc, is enough to give me an inferiority complex.

Then I remember that I do well for my own little corner of the world. My library may have a small number of readers, but they certainly appreciate us. We know their work is easier and better because of the work we do for them.

I know there is a lot of negative perceptions about librarians – but watch the people highlighted in this book and the librarians of the new and coming generation (including my daughter in a few months). They can be involved and take the profession past anything I would have dreamed of when I was a kid.

Happy National Library Week


Physics of the Impossible by Michio KakuAfter finishing up Physics of the Impossible, I still have all those possibilities in my head. Here’s one from medicine that fits right into the science fiction realm but is in early testing phases. How would you like to have your wounds healed by spraying new cells right onto them?

Inkjet-Like Device ‘Prints’ Cells Right Over Burns


Posted April 6, 2010 By Jandy

The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson“The utopias of the past are always a little sad.”

From The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Spellman Files

Posted April 4, 2010 By Jandy

Have you read any of the Spellmans series? If you haven’t found this cozy, hysterically funny mystery series, you’ve got to check it out – especially if you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. (And yes, I’ve said this before.)

Isabel Spellman’s whole family is – strange? weird? unpredictable? They are a family of private investigators (except for the older brother, David, who is a lawyer). While they take care of their clients, they spy on each other as well. If you haven’t read these, run to your nearest library and check out the first one, The Spellman Files.

After I finished the marvelous Physics of the Impossible Friday evening, I picked up the final book in the Spellman series, The Spellmans Strike Again. Despite the fact the family was coming here today for dinner and the house cleaning I had to do, I still tore right through this book.

By now the narrative style Lisa Lutz uses in these books is no longer new. Yet it’s still fresh and I still found myself laughing out loud at the family’s antics. These books are family friendly reading – no bad language, no questionable bedroom scenes, no violence. I’ve recommended these books from my mother-in-law and my mother to my youngest daughter and anyone who can read at this easy adult level. Age doesn’t matter – although you might not want precocious younger teens reading these. They’ll get lots of ideas to disrupt everyone’s life.

I’m sorry the stories are ending, yet they end in a good way. Everything is tied up as well as life ever lets up tie up our stories. Thanks, Ms. Lutz, for these great books.

Libraries In Fiscal Danger

Posted April 1, 2010 By Jandy

This isn’t a great solution, but it’s cute…

Swiss Army Librarian Blog