Ada Lovelace Day: Lillian Moller Gilbreth

October 7, 2011

I would like to start out this entry for Ada Lovelace Day by introducing a cool Internet tool I found that incorporates all the themes in this post: computer science, engineering efficiency and parenting. It is the World Catalog. You can search for materials on this site, and it will tell you what library it is in located near a zip code. For example I put in a search for a movie using my dad’s zip code in far southeast Arizona, and it found the DVD in libraries that were almost four hundred miles away.

So if your local library does not have an item, you can find it in a nearby library system. I have a library card for both my city and county library systems, since I often find that something I want is only in one system. If it is not in either system there are interlibrary loans, though that may require a fee. We’ve used this for a school research project that allowed child to get books from the local university library.

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Library Love

September 28, 2010

Most of the memories I have of my mother involve books and libraries.  Sunday memories include lying on my parent’s big bed reading the Sunday comics next to my mother who was reading her library book.  When we moved to a new Army post one of the first places we visited was the library, either on the post or the local town.

Going to the library has also become a part of my family now.  All the kids spent time at the library story hour, and one did an overnight sleep-in.  My daughter, the Linguist, would check out Japanese Anime DVDs and watch them in without dubbing with the English subtitles.  When she started taking Japanese in 7th grade she was already familiar with the sounds, rhythm and some words.  I presently have three books checked out.

But it is not all take, and no give.  We donate to the Library Foundation, and if you like your library you will consider making a donation.  It is not without reward, because when you donate you get a ticket to a Foundation Members preview to the twice yearly library sale, where most items are just a dollar!
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Where in the world is Charles Darwin?

February 12, 2009

It might be Darwin’s birthday today, but he is certainly nowhere to be found at my local library.  I went in and asked the reference desk to find me some interesting children’s books on the subject of evolution.  The librarian scanned the shelf for anything even tangentially related to Darwin’s theory.  She basically came up empty.

It shouldn’t be any surprise that religious books were in abundance.  Where are America’s priorities?

If you are looking for a book about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, you may have to skip your public library and get them here.

Happy Birthday Chuck D!


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