LibraryLinkNJ Technology Speed Dating provided WDFPL Reference and Adult Services librarians a chance to visit the Gloucester County Library Mullica Hill headquarters to briefly get to know some of the latest consumer technology a little bit better. It was great fun to see the original New Jersey libraries Wireless Hotspot window cling archiving history on the interior door as New Jersey libraries went wireless back in 2002!
During August 1012, the West Deptford Free Library staff had the opportunity to explore mobile devices included in the New Jersey State Library Mobile Device Discovery Kit. The library compiled a DVD full of data created during the grant period, from text documents to recorded video content. IPads were favored by staff members upon WDFPL’s technology trial, though not one staff member purchased one following the spring 2012 grant period.
LibraryLinkNJ, Technology Speed Dating expanded on the Mobile Device Discovery Kit by including introductions to many social outlets on the web. LibraryLinkNJ’s next endeavor is an exciting follow up space to share tips on interacting with new technology at your library.
I considered adding actual online speed dating links. However, I have been out of the dating game for quite some time and today’s web is ever changing. In some cases, random Internet advertising makes online linking problematic for online publishing.
West Deptford Free Public Library is half way through the month of April’s Blind Date with a Book adventure and WDFPL staff is wrapping up a few second dates.
Unfortunately, feedback indicates first dates are not going all that well. Here are a few recent responses from Blind Date with a Book daters.
“Date night was a bust. We didn’t have much in common. They kept talking about the end of the word but all I wanted was the end of the date.”
“Not a true mystery. The date was rather dull. I prefer dating a Nora Roberts type of mystery.”
“My date went terrible. I guess I should have expected this with online dating, crazy stalkers. I didn’t make it past Chapter 1. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, however if you choose to read, read at your own risk.”
Blind Date with a Book review forms did uncover a few successful matches, such as “If you are looking for tall, dark, and amazing this man is for you. He can run a nation and kill vampires. It’s everything a girl wants. It will definitely get your blood pulsing.”
Don’t be discouraged just yet; there are always more books on the shelves.
I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty. – Shakespeare, King Lear
April is National Poetry Month and Thursday, April 18, 2013 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Stop by the West Deptford Free Public Library during the month and pick up a staff favorite from the pockets posted to the display bulletin board. Feel free to drop a favorite of yours in the display table basket to share.
WDFPL staff favorites include:
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning The Children’s Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Humming-Bird by D.H. Lawrence The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams Snowball by Shel Silverstein Trees by Joyce Kilmer The Tyger (from Songs of Experience) by William Blake Overdues by Shel Silverstein Italian Food by Shel Silverstein The Rainbow Bridge by Steve and Diane Bodofsky Fog by Carl Sandburg Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish The Romance by Shel Silverstein Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins Several Haikus by Nick Vergilio The Man in the Glass by Peter Dale Wimbrow, Sr. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost Wishes by Ya-Ka-Nes (Patty L. Harjo) Poets to Come by Walt Whitman …and lots of limericks.
Feel free to enjoy poetry books available for check out on end panel displays throughout the Library.
National Library Week 2013 begins as the final day for 2012 tax filing is upon us. This timely coincidence underscores the importance of community libraries. VITA volunteers have tirelessly conducted training and assisted the public in filing and completing federal and state income tax forms for 25+ years. Volunteer training is underway at the West Deptford Free Public Library during mid-January with tax appointments filling up as early as the last week of the month.
Today this year’s VITA program coordinator was asked if there was anything he would like to say about this year’s volunteer efforts. He quipped, “Yes, thank God it’s almost over.” This has been a challenging year for tax prep volunteers. Many tax documents were not mailed to individuals and non-profit venues such as libraries and post offices in 2013. The West Deptford Free Public Library community pulled together with folks helped each other address tax needs. While working on Saturday April 6, 2013, I was particularly inspired by the West Deptford library patron who tabled his online gaming to assist others print out the tax forms they needed from www.irs.gov and www.nj.gov . Believe it or not, the staff continues to field tax calls today. As I conclude this post, I turn to see two volunteer tax preparers smile at each other nod and say “Sure we can do one more,” in unison.
Orchids grow wild all over the world. They can be found in our own woods and valleys, and even up to 10,000 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains. The largest numbers grow in the tropics and subtropics, even the ones we cultivate at home may come from these regions. The orchid growing in the West Deptford Free Public Library reference office was purchased at a mystery auction at a local church for $2.00. Nobody new what the plant was or what it would become.
The reference office Phalaenopsis, also known as White Lightening is an example of the traditional white moth orchid, so popular with florists for weddings and other special occasions. This beautiful monopodial genus is ideas for an orchid case in a south window, and it also does marvelously well under lights. Although many other kinds of orchids can be grown in a case, phalaendopsis flowers are so showy and so long-lasting that they make a breathtaking display for many, many months. The flowers of the big hybrids, particularly the white ones, stay fresh on the plant for from three to fie months, and more buds open at the end of the graceful spike as the first ones fade. They need a temperature not lower than 60 degrees, preferable 65 degrees at night. In a south window the course of the sun matches their seasonal needs very well.
The large hybrids have round flat flowers from three to four inches across, of a velvety texture, and in colors ranging from white to shares of yellow, pink, or rose. Some are speckled with yellow or pink. They have two or three pairs of broad flat leaves, six to twelve inches or more long. Since they grow slowly and remain on short stature, a mature plant takes up about the same amount of space throughout its lifetime. There are lovely species, but you are more likely to find hybrids listed in catalogs and online.
WDFPL staff enjoyed photographing the plant, which seems to change with every photograph taken.
The information source for this post is Orchids as House Plants by Rebecca Tyson Northern. The books is available to check out at your library!
Michael Tchong tackles to topic of relationship science this morning. Analyzing relationships is timely given today’s shift toward online social interaction. The challenges in developing, maintaining and growing relationship networks online is worthy of study as it appears this is the path we have chosen to tread to economic prosperity.
“A discoverer uncovers that which is. T.S. Eliot says: “Poetry takes something that we know already and turns it into something new.” Madeleine continues, “Perhaps art is seeing the obvious in such a new light that the old becomes new.”- p.210. M. L’Engle, Walking on Water
Ann and Harvey Dow are longtime members of the West Deptford Free Public Library friends group. This photograph was taken at the RiverWinds Restaurant located a short distance from the Library. The couple was honored at a farewell luncheon for their years of community camaraderie and support.
Ann’s passion for literature and words is reflected in her scholarly pursuits, publications, and witty West Deptford Free Public Library book discussion. Harvey enjoys his own interests while remaining an integral support system establishing a comfortable space for Ann and him to grow a strong vibrant personal relationship. The decision to move was difficult. The couple leaves many friends and memories built during their West Deptford years.
Ann and Harvey “do it the analog way.” Michael Tchong states is his article linked above, “What sets the company apart from most online directories is its interface.” As Josh Mait describes it, Relationship Science offers “institutional grade data in a consumer-friendly interface.” This is exactly what Ann is doing in the couple’s move to Alabama. She and Harvey are moving close to extended family, including grandchildren. Ann’s scholarly insights and creativity will be a wonderful resource for budding family writers and artists. I believe this couple will settle into a rewarding life experience in the South and the time spent nurturing family ties will bring rewards beyond measure. After all, what more consumer-friendly interface can a child discover than a grandparent?
I defer to Ann, as published in the Valentine’s Day issue of the Star Herald…
“Do Unto Others…”
By February 14th of 1954, my husband and I had been married just five months and were living in Norfolk, VA, where he was stationed. Each of us wanted to give the other an extra special gift for our first Valentine’s Day together. We woke up early that morning and made our way to the kitchen so that we could place our cards next to the coffee cups that I set out each night before going to bed. I could hardly wait to see the surprise on Harvey’s face when he saw what was enclosed along with the card. I held my breath as he opened the envelope and I saw his puzzled look. He stared down at the two tickets to the ice show to be held at the civic center that very evening.; from the expression he wore, he could have been clutching hot coals in his hands. Finally, he smiled and insisted that I open my card.
I was nervous as I tore it open, and I nearly fainted when I saw the contents. In addition to a romantic greeting promising undying love, there were two tickets to a hockey game to be held the following Saturday night at the same arena as the ice show. In our zeal to produce the perfect gift, each of us had chosen our own “perfect gift.”
At that moment, now frozen in time, I realized that my dreams were not necessarily his, and vice versa. I had grown up in Atlantic City, where the Ice Capades show was a wildly popular attraction appearing at Convention Hall all summer. Every girl in town longed to strap on the graceful white skates, don the colorful short skirt and glide across the ice in the arms of a lean, handsome Prince Charming. On the other hand, my husband’s home was in a coastal Maine town where the many lakes and ponds were frozen solid for at least four months a year, and children learned to skate almost as they took their first steps. Every boy had a pair of clunky black skates, a home made hockey stick, and a helmet of sorts. All winter long, they assembled on somebody’s pond and chased an improvised puck across the ice. There was nothing graceful about those trips across the ice!
As newlyweds, we were determined to please one another, and so we thanked each other for the presents. As it turned out, his gift to me was to attend the ice show without complaint and mine was to be a good sport about sitting through the entire game without asking questions. Actually, I had no idea what was happening and could not have cared less. I stayed warm with cups of hot chocolate and spent some of the most exciting moments of the game making my way to and from the ladies’ room.
This experience made me aware that the “Golden Rule” that I had always tried to practice needed a slight modification: instead of “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you” it should read “Do unto others as they want to be done unto.” We don’t all like chocolate ice cream and should not have to eat what is someone else’s favorite flavor.
By the way, the rosy glow that my husband and I wore the entire second week of that first February was not a result of frostbite! – Ann Dow
“Friendship is too precious a thing to let die. Thank you for today and for all the other days you have been in our lives and made them richer as a result. Thank you, one and all from the bottom of our hearts.” — Ann & Harvey
Many thanks to the reference department for developing 2012 Presidential Debate Schedule bookmarks to ease public political research at the West Deptford Free Public Library. Reference department bookmark links are active if you would like to fact check online anytime during the final two weeks prior to our 2012 election. Feel free to stop in the library to learn more.
2012 Presidential Debate Schedule
October 3, 2012 9:00-10:30 p.m. Domestic Policy
October 11, 2012 9:00-10:30 p.m. Vice Presidential
October 16, 2012 9:00-10:30 p.m. Town Meeting
October 22, 2012 9:00-10:30 p.m. Foreign Policy
It is the time of day when the light slants through the atrium windows of the West Deptford Free Public Library and I am thankful.
Autumn signals time to think about packing items up to send over to Afghanistan. The Library’s first set of boxes is on the way overseas as I type. Staff will continue collecting and hopefully make another shipment sometime around the end of November or beginning of December. It is wonderful that everyone on staff and the friends of the Library join in to support this seasonal project.
If I were innovative, I would also amass folks here in the States to write letters. Not a few letters, lots of them. They would be compiled and mailed to the troops who would in turn, open them and pass them through some phone scanner/translator that would make it easy to let the local Afghans know more about us and the United States. It would be fun to have the letters with handwriting on them to keep, reread or share. The best I can do right now is hope for peace.
Thanks again to all WDFPL staff for your continuing generosity, prayers and support.
Here are two ladies who are full of novel ideas they share with the West Deptford Free Public Library on a daily basis. Margaret Hampton and Marie Dutton serve the public with smiles and years of experience.
Margaret shares her exemplary customer service and care giving skills with staff and the public in the Children’s Department. Every day she builds on the training she has received through the ExperienceWorks program and hands-on training at the Library to support story time programs, after school children’s activities and library collection care. Before working at the library, Margaret raised her ten children and worked in the nursing field.
During National Women’s Month 2011, we celebrated with Brittany Blue as she worked her last day as a West Deptford Free Public Library page. Brittany and family were moving out of the area and she about to start a new adventure in the world of commerce. A year has passed and the WDFPL staff still misses her at the library. The photograph below shows Brittany with Diane Cann, WDFPL Children’s Librarian, and Margaret Hampton seated at Brittany’s farewell celebration.
Marie Dutton works in the Adult Services and Technology Departments assisting the public with technology questions and staff with technology projects from creating computer class calendars to archiving the Adult Summer Reading program data in Microsoft Excel using the training she has gained at the West Deptford Free Public Library. Marie Dutton is always ready to jump in to learn something new. Here is Marie with Eleanore Farrell, WDFPL Circulation Staffer, working on iPad web research during a New Jersey State Library grant funded Mobile Device training session.
The West Deptford Free Public Library partnership with ExperienceWorks is a winning situation for all parties involved. Unfortunately, during summer 2012 both ladies were given notice that they were no longer eligible to continue to be employed through ExperienceWorks. This came as a surprise to Library staff. After much reflection and debate, both Margaret and Marie agreed to continue working at the West Deptford Free Public Library as volunteers. This is wonderful news for the public! Library staff and volunteers move forward in life-long learning and library service.
One day Marie Dutton shared the photo below as we were building a library display highlighting Liz Taylor. I thought…she does look a lot like her and smiled in agreement. She then said, “I was a woman’s libber you know, and I am glad I didn’t burn my bra for nothing.”
Thank goodness for West Deptford Free Public Library volunteers!