Saturday, November 22, 2014

Final Community Farmers’ Market for the season: Delaware branch of APL Tuesday 11/25

This Tuesday, November 25 is the final Delaware Community Farmers’ Market from 3 to 6 pm behind the library at 331 Delaware Ave. This is your chance to stock up on apples, garlic, jam, greens and more. Stop by to say “see you next summer” to our favorite local farmers. EBT and WIC coupons welcome. We are very grateful to our customers for your support of this long running urban rural partnership for better health, economy and environment.
Perhaps you shouldn't bring your turkey to the market. They might use fowl language.

(Stolen from Leah Golby's email)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving - there's a free app for that

Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute has teamed up with Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York, to create a new holiday app just in time for Thanksgiving. The one-of-a-kind multimedia app brings together a wealth of useful and fun information for the upcoming holidays.

The Food Systems Institute aims to promote collaborations between different colleges and schools within Auburn University, as well as between the university and outside colleges. The opportunity to collaborate with a community college which offers a culinary arts program was too good to pass up, Food Institute Director Pat Curtis said.

“Our purpose with this free app is to create a comprehensive resource for you to enjoy, learn and use,” Curtis explained. “It is full of useful information from faculty at both schools. I think people will be surprised at just how much fun this publication has turned out to be.”

The app includes written articles about food safety and planning a feast as well as information about and recipes for favorite holiday foods.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Science, and Surveys on Benefits of Reading (Ebooks and Hard Copy Books)

Most of us already know the importance of reading for our kids, and that reading is the best indicator of success in school. But here are some more studies supporting why reading is so important for everyone whether they're in or out of school.

Reading reduces stress

More from Departing the Text

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Use of Social Media by the Library: Current Practices and Future Opportunities DocuTicker Editors highlight a favorite "Editor's Pick":

In the early days, social media were not commonly envisaged by librarians as having much practical relevance. But with the continuing development of more platforms and channels, the use by libraries of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc is becoming not only more common, but also for a greater range of purposes.

While at present chiefly focussed on promotion and outreach, social media is also being used to promote dialogue with users and customers. Hosting of library resources via social media is a further aspect of current developments, although this raises copyright issues.

Despite the increasing adoption of social media its actual impact is currently uncertain, although potential metrics are being developed. It is one aspect of a future which this report envisages, in which social media are increasingly integrated into the work of libraries.

From our survey, over 70% of libraries are using social media tools, and 60% have had a social media account for three years or longer. 30% of librarians are posting at least daily. Facebook and Twitter remain the most popular channels currently, but the range of channels being used is expanding rapidly; there is a particular acceleration of interest in visual channels such as YouTube, Pinterest and Snapchat...

Read the White Paper.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Neil Gaiman: Libraries are cultural 'seed corn'

A feral child who was raised in libraries

Neil: I was probably three or four when I first started going to libraries. We moved up to Sussex when I was five, and I discovered the local library very, very quickly. But I wasn’t really hooked until I got to the point where I was old enough to persuade my parents to just take me to the library and leave me there, which would have probably been about seven or eight. And at that point it was like being given the keys to the kingdom.

More from The Guardian.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Leonard Tucker Obituary

The Friends of Albany Public Library just lost one of our dear members and former president, Mr. Leonard Tucker. Lenny, as we all knew him, was a distinguished veteran of World War II. Beloved husband of the late Naomi Tucker, also well-loved by the Friends.

Service Monday noon, November 17, 2014, at Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Ave in Albany.

Rest in peace, dear friend.
Tucker, Leonard SCHENECTADY Leonard Tucker, founder of the Casual Set and actor, died on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady. He was 95. He was a man of many passions, foremost of which were his family, his business, and his acting career. Those who knew him will always remember his great sense of humor.

He was born into a large family in Bayonne, N.J., in 1919. In spite of being raised in poverty and frequently encountering anti-Semitism, he always had an optimistic view of life and what he could accomplish. He had a powerful drive to succeed. His love of the stage began in childhood when his mother took him to New York City to see Yiddish theatre. He ran track and played football at Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth, N.J., and worked every day in his mother's grocery store.

He met the love of his life, Naomi Levenson, as a teenager, and they married at 19, a marriage that would last 73 years until Naomi's death in 2013. They loved to dance and dance they did! Starting on the boardwalks of Atlantic City, N.J., dancing to the live music of big bands like Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, they continued strutting into their 90s (see them on YouTube).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute

The accord allows the publisher to set prices on its e-books, a major issue in a battle that led Amazon to discourage sales of Hachette books. “If anyone thinks this is over, they are deluding themselves. Amazon covets market share the way Napoleon coveted territory.”

More from the New York Times.