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The Public Library as the 21st Century Agora

21st Century Library Blog - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 5:06pm
Last week I spent an amazing eight days in the birthplace of democracy – Athens, Greece. Along with the wonderful people, the amazing food (Thanks for the extra 8 pounds moussaka and tzatziki!), to be surrounded by that much history … Continue reading →

Staff Reading Pick

Here is another reading pick from the Logan Library Staff.

Book: A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L Peck
Recommended by: Joseph

Imagine that Hell is an infinite library and the only way to escape is to locate your biography. A slow and unpromising beginning quickly spirals out of control into a nightmare of loneliness, tedium, and gore. This story will make you consider your life and choices through the lenses of space and time, of eternity. But do yourself a favor and read Jorge Luis Borges' The Library of Babel first.

Want more reading suggestions? View previous staff picks.

The Power of Forgiveness & Whole Being Wellness


The Power of Forgiveness & Whole Being Wellness, presented by Coach Jenn McMurdo, home schooling mother of 4 young children, wellness consultant and spiritual life coach. This 1-hour class will discuss both joy and wellness as tools are shared to help keep emotional, mental and spiritual health thriving.

Speaker: Coach Jenn McMurdo
When: Wednesday November 19, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Logan Library Bonneville Room

Contact the Friends Group at loganfol@outlook.com or visit their Facebook page for more information.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)


Logan Library Supports NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Our Juniper room is dedicated to NaNoWriMo 10 AM - 6 PM Fridays in November (except the 28th, when we're closed).

You'll have tables, chairs, outlets, wifi, books, & librarians to help, and snacks and drinks are allowed.

More Information

Write, Write, Write!

New Video: Be Nice to Our Books

Harold B. Lee Library News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:35pm

Tori Pence, from BYU’s Divine Comedy, takes on the hard-hitting issues with our new Book Care video series: http://bit.ly/1xeH6V6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dkHoVPcSEA&list=PLj6XB-vv2O-C6rDGqpFFAczXOmn7KZVv0

If you are like me and you can’t get enough videos on book care you should try this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll0Gt2Q3Scg&list=UUZsL8mSjDJlIuQ8oKLKvGIA

 

THE BREAD REVOLUTION.

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 11:14am
.My favorite bread cookbook is "THE TASSAJARA BREAD BOOK."  More than 30 years old, it covered whole grain bread making in an era when most people were still buying Wonder Bread.  It changed not only how I made bread, but the whole grain ingredients that I used.  I had never heard of the "sponge" method of raising bread and I enjoyed making making my loaves using my large white bowl.  "The Bread Revolution" by Peter Reinhart has the potential to revolutionize the making of bread for a new generation just like the "Tassajara Bread Book" did for mine.  The volume will be very interesting for those people who store whole grains and would enjoy the health benefits of baking with sprouted grains.

One negative note:  I was looking forward to this title then I opened the book and was disappointed at the font size and choice of print coloring. I found it difficult to read, might only be a personal issue. If you are using a protective cookbook stand in the kitchen for your recipes the print is very small and difficult to read at a glance while preparing a recipe.  Perhaps buying it as a ebook would making it more readable for the cooks who plan on preparing recipes from this book.

Library Closed for Veterans Day



The library will be closed Tuesday, November 11th in recognition of Veterans Day. We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, November 12th.

Thanks to all our veterans!

Story Time Review

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:29pm
Halloween Story Time
Our final week of this session and we did Halloween stories with the children. We read It's Halloween Night by Jennifer O'Connell, Ghost Ate it All by Janee Trasler, The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by Elizabeth Mills, Algernon Graves is Scary Enough by Peter Bollinger and How Big Could your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Miner.

Since the Ghost Ate it All book is so small I decided to translate it into a flannel board story. I printed off pictures of the food mentioned in the story and laminated it. I then made a tissue paper ghost and printed out a picture of the Frankenstein monster. This worked so well the kids really enjoyed it. As an extension activity I also printed out some picture of Halloween items like spiders and bats and such. I took an empty milk jug and cut out a square mouth and drew on some black eyes with magic marker. Then the kids took turns choosing a picture and feeding things to the ghost. Sorry somehow the photos of all of this got deleted from the staff camera! But I think you can use your imagination since it was fairly straight forward.

For our craft we continued with The Ghost Ate It All theme. I gave the children a die-cut ghost and some pictures of the Halloween items we used for the previous activity. They glued the ghost onto a piece of construction paper and added what they wanted inside the ghost. Then they could take home the ghost and retell the story.

Next session will begin in January! Registration day will be January 6th at 10:00 a.m.
See you all soon!

Michele Schumann,
Children's Librarian

NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Library Grants - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 1:50pm
Deadline: December 3, 2014

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are scientifically sound and sustainable. This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections offers two kinds of awards: grants for planning and for implementation. To help an institution develop and assess preventive conservation strategies, planning grants of up to $40,000 support activities such as site visits, risk assessments, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, modeling, project-specific research, and preliminary designs for implementation projects. Planning grants must focus on exploring sustainable preventive conservation strategies. To help an institution implement a preventive conservation project, implementation grants of up to $350,000 are available. Implementation projects should be based on planning that has been specific to the needs of the institution and its collections within the context of its local environment. It is not necessary to receive an NEH planning grant to be eligible for an implementation grant. Implementation grants may also cover costs associated with renovation required to implement preventive conservation measures such as the purchase of storage furniture and the rehousing of collections that will be moved into a new building.

For more information, visit the NEH website: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections.

21st Century Libraries Abound in Denmark!

21st Century Library Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:05pm
Now fully recuperated from the jet lag, I have had time to reflect on my amazing experiences during my time in Denmark as a guest of the Danish Union of Librarians. I was invited as a closing keynote for their … Continue reading →

“Guns, Scrolls, and Swords” Samurai Exhibit on Level 3

Harold B. Lee Library News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:36am

 

To learn more about Samurai culture and this exhibit, come to the opening lecture on November 6th at 3pm, Level 1 auditorium. Jack Stoneman, Paul Hyer, and Aaron Skabelund will introduce the exhibition, with a reception to follow in Special Collections.

The display (housed by the East entrance on Level 3) will include two 14th and 16th century swords, a suit of armor, military science materials, and fascinating scrolls from early modern Japan.

“The legend of the Samurai grew as the class of the Samurai died out.” says Jack Stoneman, an associate professor of Japanese literature at BYU, and a co-curator of the exhibit. “The Samurai were warriors, scholars, poets, and artists. I’m surprised by the variety of items in this exhibition.”

 

Flour + Water Pasta

WordSalad: Brigham City Library Blog - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:38am
From San Francisco's popular Italian restaurant,  "Flour + Water", comes a complete primer on the craft of pasta making.  You might think that a comprehensive tutorial in pasta making would be dry, but you’d be wrong. I read flour + water in one sitting, fascinated by the lively story of one of San Francisco’s great restaurants and the smartly written, easy to follow recipes. This is an enchanting, inspiring book.

Trick or Treat at the Library


On Thursday, October 30th at 4:00 PM come to the Children's Halloween Carnival. Children in costume can trick or treat, play games, make some 'spooky' crafts and get their photo taken. One photo will be chosen for a library READ poster.

On Friday October 31st, come trick-or-treat at the library! Dress in your scariest, shiniest and best costume and visit the different parts of the library, get treats, and learn more about us. We'll be open Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome!

Happy Halloween!

The 21st Century Library Paradigm Shift?

21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:01pm
Someone recently viewed an old post of mine (Dr. Steve) from June, 2010, Are We in a 21st Century Library Paradigm Shift?, and that made me realize that I should revise my assertions about a paradigm shift in librarianship, based … Continue reading →

Looking for your next great read?


The Library maintains several lists that will help you find a good reading suggestion. Our Books & Reading pages are always a good place to start. Here you will find links to our Booklists, lists of recommended Websites about books and plenty of staff reviews both Fiction and Nonfiction.

If you still can't find anything to read, we have a form to fill out to get a Personalized Reading Suggestion.

Happy Reading!

National Friends of Libraries Week October 19-25th

Come help the Friends of the Logan Library celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week by attending some of our special events:

Wednesday October 22:
  • Halloween Stories - 4:00 PM, Jim Bridger Room
  • Movie showing: Cache Valley, the Beautiful - 7:00 PM, Jim Bridger Room

    Thursday October 23:
  • Chair Yoga - 1-2 PM, Lake Bonneville Room
  • USU Permaculture Garden presentation - 6-7 PM, Lake Bonneville Room

    Friday October 24:
  • Backyard birds of Cache Valley - 1-3 PM, Lake Bonneville Room
  • Movie showing: Cache Valley, the Beautiful - 4:00 PM, Jim Bridger Room

    Saturday October 25:
  • Virtual Tour: Gardens of the World - 1-2:30 PM, Lake Bonneville Room

    More information

  • Award Winning Fiction


    Two new book awards were announced recently.

    Ann Leckie has been awarded the 2014 Hugo Award for her novel Ancillary Justice. The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955 at the World Science Fiction Convention, are science fiction's most prestigious award. The novel has also won the Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus Magazine and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.


    Richard Flanagan has been awarded the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

    The Logan Library has ordered a copy of The Narrow Road to the Deep North. In the meantime consider reading one of the past Booker Prize winners available at the Library.

    21st Century Libraries- Innovation, Information and High School Diplomas!

    21st Century Library Blog - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 9:57pm
    [Dear Reader-While I have made the decision that I will only include details about my own library very sparingly on this blog- I prefer to rely on my experiences in broad strokes rather than specifics about my current library- I … Continue reading →

    Learning @ the Library


    Registration for a new series of classes has begun! Learning @ the Library are classes that offer instruction on computers, email, and internet basics, as well as instruction on how to use your eReader or tablet with the Logan Library's resources. We're even offering an introduction to Facebook class.

    You can either bring your own device or use one of the library's. A schedule of classes is available here.

    To sign up for any of these classes, stop by the Information Desk or call 716-9120.

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