books in may 2013

May 31, 2013 at 11:31 am (Uncategorized) ()

uncommon criminals Ally Carter (LB) ,perfect scoundrels Ally Carter (LB) Heist series , really fun

gooseberry bluff common ( part 6  )or maybe 7 (KS) I’ve lost track – you know I’m going to have to reread this from the beginning

 witch way Heidi Hall (KB) ok . young woman finds she has witch powers she never knew about. Really just a beginning. I might have read more, but the author went on a tirade about not lending this book. So I haven’t bothered.

also known as Robin Benway (LB) Teen age spy from a spy family. Fun , I really like the ending.

Insurgent  veronica Roth (LB) Excellent follow-up to Divergent. Lots of surprises.

Indexing Seanan McGuire (KS)OMG another serial , this one by the writer of Feed and Rosemary and Rue. It is a whole world of fairy tales – so once upon a time or Grimm fans might enjoy it. I was completely occupied by trying to figure out how the world worked.

7 books in May – 30 for the year

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final thoughts on squats

May 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm (fitness) ()

so I finished the 30 day squat challenge with a rousing 250 squats yesterday . I did it because – someone suggested it; overall it didn’t look hard and it was a short time. and I was curious – would there be any results in 30 days.

Results: there is a lot more muscle in my thighs. I don’t really know if it is visible, but I can feel it. Also, my lower back is not cranky.

What I learned: most people who spend part of their day on their feet can do 50 squats. I know because I made people try it. So in my completely non-scientific study if you work in a library -I bet you can. However, 250 squats not a good number. The challenge moved too fast for that to be a sane number. I can do 100 good squats. I can’t do 250 good squats. Maybe someday, but I need to work up more slowly.

current plan: 100 squats most days. When I do it in the morning, it works to help wake me up. I’m guessing Thursdays ( late Wednesday nights) and Saturday ( early morning work) will be squat squat days. And I’ll look for something to add.

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what’s a library for?

May 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm (library) (, )

What’s a library for? I have to answer this question because of this article. What’s a library.

So at the beginning of the piece, the author is saying that the library across the street is closing, and well, he never went into it anyway. So he won’t miss it. But it means he knows nothing about it. Or why anyone might miss it. So I have some ideas about what he is missing.But he says some thing incorrect, so I will start there .

The author asks, why go to the library – the internet is free. I am guessing he doesn’t mean that the library charges . we don’t ( unless you are late or lose something). but The internet is not free. You have a monthly bill from you internet provider. Unless, of course, you are using your neighbor’s internet. Maybe he meant that once you are on the internet, the information is free.
Then let’s talk about the New York Times. It is free on the internet — as long as you are only interested in ten articles a month. At your library you can read all of today’s paper and ,at my library, you can read all the way back to 1851. No charge. And you like the crossword puzzle? Copy it at your library for 10 to 25 cents – or get the digital crossword subscription from the NYT. (yes, it is extra) . subscription info .

Which brings me to another point. You can get lots of quick answers on the internet,but maybe not the depth you need. Sometimes you just want to know where Benghazi is. Sometimes you want to know why we care about Benghazi ( the page I cam across didn’t really tell me)

Do you know who wrote what you are reading on the internet? Where it came from, when it was written? At the library – we can get you that information.

What about serendipity? I’m not talking about going down the rabbit hole of information on the internet and getting lost, but the wandering through the library shelves and spotting that book, that turns out to be what you really wanted. Or having that librarian says …”this isn’t exactly what you’ve been talking about , but there is a book that is related, that might be of interest…”

There are lots of other things going on in the library. Puppet shows, art classes, safety classes, book discussions,concerts, computer classes. And of course, we have books, DVDs, CDs, periodicals, ebooks, and audio-books.

There might be a lot of really good reasons to walk across the street and check out the library.

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