Thursday, October 18, 2018

Very cool!

Temperature-sensitive librarian cooling of with windmill/fan designed from scratch by Nathan H.!

What's new at ACSLIB

Have our Recent Arrivals queued up on the foyer flat screen..along with a teaser of ebooks and audiobooks!

Plus, placed my first order for OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks; using some of my $1000 prize credit:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Concentrating on Art

Our second jigsaw table this year featuring an art puzzle, art books, and art chairs!


Deep storage

Although this blog is mainly about this library, it is also a kind of archive of ACS and Afton things I don't want to forget or (virtually) misplace. And so I am posting this wonderful recollection of Afton businesses of 1940 as recalled by Joyce Burnett in 2010. Many thanks to June & Gloria for sharing it.

Afton / 1940

South Main Street

Crowley Creamery
Dairymans’ league
Master Oil Company: Lawrence Humiston, George Sutton
Gas station: Andrew King
Tiffany’s Garage
Fred Lewis Construction
Mudge Feed Mill
Cider Mill
Briggs Lumber Co.(coal)
Atherton Tourist / Telephone Office
Afton Enterprise: newspaper

Main Street (south side)

Handy’s Hat Shop
Barber Shop: Clint Gran
Grand Union Grocery Store: Charles Folts, manager
Rose Tea Parlor
Village Hall: Fire Co. (ground Floor), Library, Girl Scouts ( 2nd floor)
Pages Meat Market
Clarence Eldreds: mens clothing
Bert Hyde Drug Store
Post Office
Jenks & Swart Department Store
Farnsworth Sweet Shop
Herkimer’s Red & White Grocery Store
Glen Morgan Dodge & Plymouth Garage
Midway Restaurant: Fred Stearns
Tabor’s Dress Shop (funeral home also furniture store)
Bill Gregs Tourist Home (Gregs Pool Hall in back)
Afton Diner: Fred Talbert
Harry Horton Hardware Store
GL7 Feed Store
Doolittle Gas Station

Main Street (north side)

Sam Perry’s Gas Station
Cook’s Barber Shop
Victory Store: Elwin Bristol, manager
Bruce Keater Grocery Store
Morgan Brothers Hardware
Afton Inn
Town Clerk’s Office
Eldreds Tourist Home
Nick’s Shoe Repair
Blacksmith Shop

Schoolcraft Lumber (Caswell St.)
Victor Gregory Grocery Store (East side)

Darwin Craig: lawyer
William Crull, M.D.: Afton Hospital
Hienz Cohn, M.D.
Lloyd Johnson, dentist
Archie Gunn: RR Station Master & telegraph operator

Farmers in the Village of Afton

Dan Grant
George Raab
Gallup Holmes
Lewis Fisher
B(ud) & Mary Forsyth
Fred Holdrege
Ed Cornell

Drackler’s Stable
Bob Quenay: trapper

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Leaning toward good books

We have so many wonderful large-format nonfiction books; too heavy to hang on my end-caps with bookends. So going to try giving them some face-out exposure by using shelves on the diagonal.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Passive Art Ed

Have been posing some questions and observations on my Picturing America posters to provide some exposure and awareness of art appreciation and fundamentals.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

More than half way

Inspired by a new transfer student to make it easier (like know that I'm open to it) to recommend books for our collection.

A place to cultivate social capital

I have enjoyed reading Eric Klinenberg's Palaces for the People in which he explores "social infrastructure"; the physical conditions that determine whether social capital develops. Libraries, of course, figure prominently in his examples of places that cultivate interaction and tolerance between diverse people in a public setting, allowing us to practice face-to-face relationships which knit a community together.

I like this quote about libraries from a library user that Klinenberg cited:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

An artist steps forward

Digital drawings done on an ACS laptop. Cool.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The quilting thread

Our new book on The Quilts of Gee's Bend inspired me to dig out my quilt poster and other books on quilts and the underground railroad. Hoping my wife will let me bring in a quilt-in-progess to complete the display!

ACSLIB: we deliver

A display/loan idea for our staff break room. I'll let you know ...
Thursday AM: Quiet by Susan Cain ... Yes!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Piece by piece

Our puzzlers have completed the 1000-piece puzzle that is now the centerpiece of our book display.

Friday, September 28, 2018

What I learned at Open House this year

For Open House the past few years, I have had a slide show on our foyer flat-screen of Afton Senior Class trips; from 1931 to present. It is a pretty good conversation starter.

This year an alumnus from the Class of 1968 stepped in and said, "You won't have one of my class on a trip." Sure enough, there was only a photo of their class at school.

Turns out their Washington, D.C. trip was cancelled due to that tumultuous year. In between Martin Luther King, Jr. being assassinated in April and Robert Kennedy being shot in June, the the Southern Christian Leadership Conference staged it's "Poor People's March" and "Resurrection City" in Washington during May and June. That was enough to dissuade school official from letting the trip take place.

Not only another example of the reach of history extending to Afton, NY once again, but of libraries being a place of discovery and life-long learning.

Monday, September 24, 2018

My Day

Student returned ACSLIB SD card reader borrowed for BOCES Raspberry Pi project.

Downloaded and shared photos from faculty camera-loan: phases of the moon project!

Received, logged, tagged, and displayed new Salem Press books.

Invited to join the Arts Dept. PLC meeting this week.

Demonstrated to a student how to Print to PDF to print a selected portion of an online article.

Rescheduled and hosted the LibLab for 6th grade I-ready testing.

Had email from the Afton Town Historian to collaborate on making digital files of an oral history on cassette, and to brainstorm on a local history "Summer Camp" for grade 3-6 students!

Printed Playaway audio book list for an interested staff member.

After reading results of the recent ACS student survey, created a foyer display of  books dealing with stress, tension, and emotional self-awareness.

ACSLIB source code?

Some of my most recent titles from Salem Press arrived with a pre-printed QR Code and URL linking to their online versions.
Wondering if my June 2017 Salem Press/QR Code mash-up inspired them?

Friday, September 21, 2018

DeVona's 1st Law of Laminated Posters in the Halls

When (in the hopes of better-communicating the primacy of your message ... forever) posters are entombed in plastic permanence, the likelihood of students noticing and embracing their content is inversely proportional to the eons they will remain on the wall.

Corollary #1:
It is not the duration of display that ensures the effectiveness of a poster, rather it is the potency of design.

Corollary #2:
A succession of posters, nuanced in design but with the same message, increases the likelihood of being continuously noticed, and so, embraced.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mapping our virtual proximities

"This map shows an index of connectedness, created using friendship links between pairs of 
anonymous Facebook users from a snapshot of the platform in April 2016." 

What a fascinating NYT article: How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America?

The graphics speak volumes.

At its core, it illustrates a recent study that correlates who we connect with geographically on Facebook; and the implications of that:
In the millions of ties on Facebook that connect relatives, co-workers, classmates and friends, Americans are far more likely to know people nearby than in distant communities that share their politics or mirror their demographics. The dominant picture in data analyzed by economists at Facebook, Harvard, Princeton and New York University is not that like-minded places are linked; rather, people in counties close to one another are.
Even in the age of the internet, distance matters immensely in determining whom — and, and as a result, what — we know.
Coastal cities like New York, Washington, San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles do exhibit close ties to one another, showing that people in counties with similar incomes, education levels and voting patterns are more likely to be linked. But nationwide, the effect of such similarity is small. And the pull of regionalism is strong even for major cities. Brooklynites are still more likely to know someone on Facebook near Albany or Binghamton than in the Bay Area.

That we cling to physical nearness, even as technology offers us unlimited horizons, pricks some corner of the poet in me and urges me to think that we don't yet want to give up front porches, sidewalks, neighbors, and the realness of our brick & mortar communities.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

First poem

First student shelf-poem. A pretty profound fit, yes?

Working Up the ACSLIB Spirit Week posters

Vocabulary ...everywhere!

Delighted to have a faculty response to my vocabulary initiative from last year. Our Living Environment teacher forwarded a link to her Quizlet vocab page. I made a slide show for our library foyer as well as small handbills to "encounter" in the halls.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Make every shelf a poetry shelf!

Celebrating what we make

Unloading zone!

Volunteered the library to warehouse a delivery when the UPS truck dumped a size-large delivery in the lobby just before classes changed. Any port in a storm!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

One more way to set the hook

Illustrating the print/online connection

Supplementing these swanky posters sent along by Salem Press with an insert that ties them to the print copies on the shelves (I began QR-coding the book covers a few years back to link then to the the online versions!)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Learning Objectives

I think the emphasis this year in our classrooms to always have the day's learning objectives posted for students is a good one. For my walk-in, student-centered library I am trying out this multi-slide loop on my foyer big screen: