Monday, July 30, 2007
An article from BusinessWeek Online presents an interview with Manvinder Saraon, vice-president of marketing and business development at Homestead Technologies, about the company's home-based business ideas for 2007. Saraon explains how they determined which home-based businesses have the greatest potential in 2007. Two of the suggestions are: offering children’s art classes, and organizing garages.
If you are interested in starting a home business, please check out these titles.
Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn 2006
Home-based Bookstore 2006
Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business 2005
Home-Based Business for Dummies 2005
The Work-at-Home Sourcebook 2005
The 200 Best Home Businesses 2005
To find articles on home-based businesses from US newspapers and magazines, please see the Library database Factiva.
Friday, July 27, 2007
More and more readers are beginning to enjoy nonfiction, not just for the information it imparts, but for reading pleasure. David Carr, a librarian at The University of North Carolina says that “nonfiction addresses our memories, our curiosities and unfinished questions, and our hopes to learn about something remarkable and real, something transforming and true, something lost and something discovered.” (“Many Kinds of Crafted Truths: An Introduction to Nonfiction.” Nonfiction Readers’ Advisory (2005)
Some popular nonfiction favorites at APL have been The Tipping Point,
Freakonomics, The World is Flat, Three Cups of Tea, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and Omnivore's Dilemma. The Tipping Point, for example, is a great science book for all ages. I suggest that you read it aloud to family and friends to start a lively discussion.
The Library's Good Reads nonfiction page has a list of top nonfiction books by year, a list of contemporary memoirs, and books devoted to obscure topics. David Carr also has created a list of his favorite nonfiction.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Yale Book of Quotations
Library Journal: "This collection of 12,000 quotations is a real treat! The quotes range over literature, history, popular culture, sports, computers, science, politics, law, and the social sciences, and although American quotations are emphasized, the book's scope is global. The authors represented are as diverse as William Shakespeare, John Lennon, Jack Dempsey, both Presidents Bush, J.K. Rowling, Rita Mae Brown, Confucius, Warren Buffet, and Deng Xiaoping."
I have selected a few of my favorite quotations from the book and included a related title in the APL collection for each person.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
US physicist, 1904-1967
"When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atom bomb."
American Prometheus; the Triump and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird
American Writer, 1916-1990
"The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives."
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Philip K. Dick
American Writer, 1928-1982
“Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away.”
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
British Writer, 1946-
“Books say: she did this because. Life says she did this. Books are where life is explained; life is where things aren't."
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
American singer-songwriter, 1949-
“I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.”
Real Gone by Tom Waits
For more quotation sources, please see APL’s Quotation Locator Research Guide.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Our health research databases provide up-to-date health care information from sources you can trust. You can access articles from medical journals, encyclopedias and other reference books as well as images, diagrams, drug and herb information, fact sheets, and pamphlets. Use your library card to access the databases from home!
On Tuesday, July 24th at 6:00 p.m., the Central Library will host a discussion with Laura Casey, the author of How to Get the Health Care You Want: The Savvy Consumer's Guide to Navigating The Health Care System. The book stresses that that we as consumers have a right to demand excellent customer service from our health care professionals, just as we would from any other business or service provider. Ms. Casey will discuss the importance of creating and maintaining one’s own medical records and answer questions about the health care system.
In addition to this title, we have plenty of related books to choose from:
- Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis, and the People Who Pay the Price
- Your Money and Your Health: How to Find Affordable, High-Quality Healthcare
- Physical: An American Checkup
- The Health Care Mess: How We Got Into it and What it Will Take to Get Out
- Hope or Hype: The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises
Friday, July 20, 2007
For more information, check out the NASA web site or one of these Austin Public Library resources:
- Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest
- First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong [sound recording]
- Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts' Own Words
- First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
- The Race to the Moon [videorecording]
- The Moonlandings: An Eyewitness Account
- Man on the Moon [videorecording]
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Aleph: This is one of the projects that I enjoy the most at the library. I love looking for interesting information to post in our blog, but I would also like to hear more from the public, their opinions and suggestions. So, don’t be shy! We love to hear from you!
Oracle: I have really enjoyed writing and reading other librarian’s submissions to the Traveling Librarian blogs. It is so interesting to hear what other libraries have to offer and see the wonderful photos!
Evelyn Carnahan: I enjoy hearing about something interesting then writing a blog post to share with our reading public. I hope to one day start a Library Music Blog. Living in the “Live Music Capital of the World”, how fitting would that be?! As Aleph, I’d also like to hear more from our readers, post comments and suggestions!
La Princesse de Cleves: La Princesse de Cleves (1678) is considered by many literary historians to be the first modern novel. I chose this name because I enjoy writing blogs about books. We always appreciate your book suggestions, and we have plans to allow customers to add their own reviews of items in the catalog.
Monday, July 16, 2007
The Black Swan is the most social and least territorial of all swans. The non-migratory birds nest in rather loose colonies in Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden. The world thought swans were just white until Australia was colonized in 1697. Black Swans begin their lifelong partnership shortly after they become a year old. Both male and female Black Swans share in the incubation duties.
I have listed some interesting titles that include black swan in the title or as the subject matter, including nonfiction, fiction, and a music cd.
The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable
An applied statistician calls rare, life-changing events that have massive impact "black swans".
The Medici Giraffe: And Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power
Author surveys history for arresting tales of black swans, giraffes, and other exotic animals.
The Black Swan: Memory, Midlife, and Migratory Birds
In spare, well-crafted prose, this mid-life memoir recounts a cross-country trip alone in a VW bus to look at migrating birds. The book shares both title and theme with Thomas Mann's novel about a woman's fear of aging.
The Black Swan
In this re-telling of the German folktale, Odile, the daughter of a vengeful sorcerer, lives on an isolated medieval estate with her father's prisoners, unfaithful young women who are swans by day and human while the moon shines.
Black Swan Green: a Novel
Charming study of a time and a place: small-town England in the early 1980s, seen through the eyes of a boy stranded in the hot zone of adolescence.
White Swan, Black Swan: Stories
Former dancer explores both the exultation and the physical and emotional stresses of professional ballet.
Hang on Little Tomato
“Song of the Black Swan”
Lush instrumental by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
- The Great Wall, China
- Petra, Jordan
- Christ Redeemer, Brazil
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Chichén Itzá, Mexico
- The Roman Colosseum, Italy
- The Taj Mahal, India
The original Seven Wonders of the World are the Pyramids of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus, Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, Pharos of Alexandria.
Check out these items to find out more about these and other wonders:
- The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: A Journey Back In Time
- Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, From the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal
- Seven Underwater Wonders of the World
- The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- The Great Wall of China: With 149 Duotone Photographs and 6 Maps; Including Texts By Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Luo Zhewen
- Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
- The Colosseum
- The Complete Taj Mahal: And The Riverfront Gardens of Agra
Monday, July 09, 2007
But Little Walnut Creek is not the only library in the country that has “furry staff members.” Dewey Readmore Books was the resident of the Spencer Public Library in Iowa for 18 years. A staff member found him in the book drop with his paws frozen a cold morning. Since then, he has been one of the most famous library pets in the United States. Tourists often included this library in their trips so they could meet Dewey. He received mail and still has a fan club.
Ocean Shores Library in Washington has Olivia and Waldo, two beautiful cats welcoming patrons. Azle Public Library in Azle Texas has Molli, the cat as their library pet.
If you haven’t met Junie and Ramona, you will have to wait until December when Little Walnut Creek reopens, but if you are planning on traveling nationwide or even abroad, why don’t you check the following map? You might be visiting a town where the library is the home of a celebrity pet: http://www.ironfrog.com/catsmap.html.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Ceramic artists from all over the globe have been trying new variations in the techniques of Raku pottery. In United States, Paul Soldner is the pioneer of what is known as the American form of Raku.
If you want to have a better idea of this pottery technique, you can visit our display of Raku pottery made by one of our talented staff members here at the Faulk Central Library. The display is located on the first floor and if you want to know and read more about it, we recommend the following resources for you:
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Don’t miss the Austin Symphony Orchestra performing its traditional Independence Day Concert at 8:30 p.m. July 4 at the Northeast Triangle of Zilker Park (Lou Neff Point) with fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.
- Flag: An American Biography
- Stars & Stripes Forever: The History, Stories, and Memories of our American Flag
- Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag
- The Stars and the Stripes: The American Flag as Art and as History from the Birth of the Republic to the Present
- The Pocket Book of Patriotism
- Founding Myths: Stories that Hide our Patriotic Past
- Patriotism and the American Land: Essays
Monday, July 02, 2007
Cupcake Brown, author of Piece of Cake
Last February, the New York Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society announced the winners of the 2006 Books For A Better Life Awards, which honor titles and authors of motivational and self-improvement titles. The Library owns all the titles, because we know from our own experience, there is always room for improvement!
The Books For A Better Life Awards winners are:
Suze Orman First Book: A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown
Childcare/Parenting: Packaging Girlhood by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Brown
Inspirational Memoir: A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
Motivational: CrazyBusy; Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap: Strategies for Coping in a World Gone Add by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D
Personal Finance: The Number : A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life by Lee Eisenberg
Psychology: Social Intelligence: the New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman
Relationships: The Faith Club; a Mulsim, Christian, Jew - Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner
Spiritual: Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life by Irwin Kulwith and Linda Loewenthal
Wellness: What to Eat by Marion Nestle