Things Are A-changin’ for me

•October 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The-Flash-season-2-new-costume-posterA handful of people know this bit of information but soon I will be transferred to another regional library. I am more than grateful for this news as my commute to work will be greatly reduced. No more will I have the morning like I had today which took me almost 1hr 20mins to get to work. I’ve wasted a great deal of time to traffic in Miami.

Coming to work at Miami Beach Regional Library for almost three years has been a great experience. In those years, I have been able to do 2 presentation at a library conference, pushed my origami and library display skills, and continued with my podcasts – The Monster Scifi Show and Page 49. In addition, I had improved the YA section as well as an increase in attendance and participation in our library programs. While I will miss seeing the Makerspace at my branch, I will be close to a new YouMedia facility which I plan to snoop around and learn some new skills. Life will be better for me.

However, I have come down with Plantar Fasciitis which is an injury that affects the sole of my foot. This has stopped my running for now. In time, with rest, stretching and medication, I can overcome this problem. Soon, I will be running in a new location with hopefully a lot more shading.

So like The Flash above, I am waiting for the official day to come but when it comes I’ll be more than ready for what may come.

Banned Books 2015 Part 2

•September 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

And now finale. This was something came to me after not finding options online to create a mugshot with signage.


Since I copied and pasted the reasons for the banned books, these bookmarks were going to be the stiff backing I needed for the paper.



I then had to resort to using a book holder. I originally wanted all the hardcover books to stand on their own by where was I going to put the placard? The front of the book holder was the perfect solution plus using tape on the back to secure it.


Here are the back and side views of the placard taped to book holder. So, it’s not a hard display to make except I had to do this 14x more. Below are more pics of the finished product. Next time, I can add some more touches to the bookmark placard to make it look more official. Hope you like what I did.

Banned Book Display 2015

•September 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment


It’s the most magical of the _______. My 3rd go around with Banned Books displays is to not repeat what I need last year. However, my time has become less and less to creating something new. Last year, I created a book burning scene using yellow, orange and red paper. banned books display fire

The problem with the display was the amount time it took to cut out the flames. On top of that, the display tower was three-sided and with the work it went into cutting, I decided to do just one side. The other two sides I wrapped the books in brown paper and the other side there were no books – just this sign. Click here if you want to look at that signage. This year, I wanted to scale back.

I’ve looked online at Pinterest at Banned Book Week displays. For the most part, I liked what other libraries have done but I kept feeling that a police lineup of banned books would be the easiest to do. I wanted to do a long lineup but I don’t have the patience to make lines so I decided to use Word. As you can see below in the pictures of me working through this display.

Now, the books used in the last three pages are only there to give you an idea of what I wanted this display to look like. None of these books are banned. The next step is to find hardcover books that have been banned and figure out a way to make it a sign being held by criminals while taking their mug shots pics. I’ll make another entry soon on my blog when I’ve figured it out.

Police officials say downtown library branch is draining resources, ‘culture change’ needed – OMAHA METRO

•September 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The image of a library being a quiet place is frankly outdated. Sure, librarians are expected to go into shushing mode with a loud SSSSHHHH to quell any noise and disruptions. Maybe a long time ago, in a galaxy…never mind, the reality is some libraries have to deal with more issue than telling some noisy kids to keep the noise level down. In my branch, we have to deal with a great number of homeless patrons and sometimes we have situations where the police have had to be called.

Now, based on what I’ve read, the impression I got is that the police are called way too many times. What the article doesn’t mention is why are the police being called. I want to give the benefit of the doubt to the library staff that are maintaining a presence throughout the library. Now, the problem could be that staff members are doing the jobs but their patrons are acting beyond the control of the library. Hence, the need of the police. If the police are being called out on every little situation then that needs to change and agree with the article that staffer need to have better control over the library via an action plan.

The ideal situation for a library is not having the problem in the first place but how do you get there? Be proactive and not reactive to situation. Staff members can do a simple walk through the library and get a sense of what is happening. If along the way there is a situation, that librarian can de-escalate a situation by assessing and addressing the problem. By no means does this mean having an encounter which leads to something physical. If there is a threat of violence, police is the immediate action but in lesser interaction the staff has to enforce the code of conduct and the different levels of enforcement.

I would love to work in a library branch where the only issue are patrons not wanting to leave and that is a good thing. The library means a great deal to many people and some see the library as their place of respite. I totally understand that and more than anything I want those patrons to enjoy their experience but not at the cost of others.

Frequent disturbances, rowdy behavior and even reports of sex in the stairwell spurred Omaha police to ask library officials Wednesday to clean up the downtown library.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer and Capt. Katherine Belcastro-Gonzalez told the Omaha Public Library Board that the branch is draining police resources.

Source: Police officials say downtown library branch is draining resources, ‘culture change’ needed – OMAHA METRO

It took 3,597 Post-it notes to make these \’Star Wars\’ murals – CNET

•September 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment


It has been a couple of years since I’ve done a huge and really creative display like the one I did for the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Who. Click here to see what I am referring to. This year, the display chosen would be of Star Wars as seen in the picture above. While I am not making all four murals the best one to make would be Vader. Having said this and doing this are two separate things.

First, any library wall space in my Young Adult section already has framed artwork that can not be removed. The windows were another option to consider but rather being a large pane of glass, the window has large vertical frames which dashes another option. Before going further, let me begin with this post it note below.

post it note

As you can see, this is a typical 3″x3″ yellow post it note. When I enlarged the Vader picture, I counted how many across and down. There 25 post it notes across and 33 down. If my math served me will this meant that width of the picture is 6.25 feet by 8.25 feel in length; now that’s huge. If I went down to the 2″ post it note, I can shrink it down to 4.16 feet width by 5.50 feet in length. This seems more manageable in scale but my worries would be the colors that I need will not be available in the smaller size.

Let’s say for argument sake, I can do either size without any worries about color, post it notes don’t work on several surfaces. The wall textures have a glossy coat plus the wall is not smooth. The option my branch manager came up with was to either use poster board or those large sheets of paper used for drawing or presentations.

As of now, I haven’t done anything yet. Come this Sunday which I have to work, my old co-worker who helped with the Dr. Who Tardis door, will be assisting me in the attempt. I will keep you post(it)ed on the progress so that you can do this as well at your library.

Wouldn’t we all love to have massive “Star Wars” murals depicting our favorite characters decorating our office spaces? Employees at UK office supply retailer Viking did something about this desire, creating an elaborate series of murals using an unusual paint brush: Post-it notes.

Source: It took 3,597 Post-it notes to make these \’Star Wars\’ murals – CNET

Page 49 Podcast – Interview with Amy S. King

•August 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Welcome to Episode 2 of my spinoff podcast Page 49. As for this podcast, I wanted Page 49 to reflect some great writers but more geared towards Young Adults. I had the pleasure of meeting Amy when she came to my library branch earlier this year. She was kind enough to share some time to talk to me about the book I read Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, her upcoming I Crawled Through It, and some Star Wars – how cool is that!!!

Amy’s new book is coming out in September 2015. Check out her site for more information about her, tour dates, and her amazing books –

14 Ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit

•March 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One of the things one must do as a librarian, I must read. You would think that would be easy or at least for me since that is part of my job description. For some reason, I have gotten into a bad habit of not reading for pleasure. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m working and on the desk, I’m constantly reading my Digg Reader and sorting through the tons of blogs I subscribe to. I love information and try to keep myself abreast of current topics on a regular basis. If I come across something for my own personal blog – Page 49 and The Monster Scifi Show, I try to work on the article that day when I have the ideas and reflections fresh in my head. However, put a physical book in my hand, either I get distracted in less than two minutes and stop reading or I get really sleeping and nod off.

Just now, I had just stopped writing and switched to my reader to scan for some news items. I don’t believe my attention span was ever this short but because of my limited time and nature of my work, I am cramming so much in my head, I don’t take the time to smell the print. I would have said flowers but I hope you get my point. As I am writing this, I need to separate and compartmentalize to make order on my life. As is, I have done a shorter podcast for The Monster Scifi Show that I can manage to do once a week and without a co-host. My Page 49 podcast and my reading needs to be done in the same way.

Looking at this list, one of the suggestions to create a habit of reading is to do this in short bursts. Allow myself to read maybe 10 minutes at a time throughout the day. I think I can manage this considering 10 minutes reading straight would be a major accomplishment. My wife on the other hand, can read non stop and at times completed whole books in hours. Comparing her to me is like comparing her as a marathon runner and me as a masturbating coach potato. I know that seems harsh calling myself a coach potato but I need to get my ass up and do something. This metaphor does make sense to me because when I was laid off, to pass the time and to help my sanity, I started to run. Over time, I was able to run more than a block and then a mile and so on. In the past four years, I have done a 1/2 and a full marathon and if I can apply myself in the same way, I can become that marathon reader.

Somewhere after “lose weight”, “stop procrastinating”, and “fall in love”, “read more” is one of the top goals that many people set for themselves. And rightly so: A good book can be hugely satisfying, can teach you about things beyond your daily horizons, and can create characters so vivid you feel as if you really know them.

If reading is a habit you’d like to get into, there are a number of ways to cultivate it.

First, realize that reading is highly enjoyable, if you have a good book. If you have a lousy book (or an extremely difficult one) and you are forcing yourself through it, it will seem like a chore. If this happens for several days in a row, consider abandoning the book and finding one that you’ll really love.

via 14 Ways to Cultivate a Lifetime Reading Habit.


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