Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today's Face-book Posers

Two of our best poses for today:

Who is this poser?
Who is this poser?
And since we're on a culinary theme today, here's a bonus poser:

Who is this poser?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Face-book Posers for Today

Did you guess yesterday's posers?

Nancy Fuller
Tommy Jones

Here are today's posers:

Let us know in the comment section who you think our posers are.

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Library Week @ the Sullivan Lexington Library

1959 NLW Poster
National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April to raise awareness about libraries.  The first National Library Week (NLW) was observed in May, 1958 with the theme, "Wake up and Read!".  The campaign was repeated in April, 1959,  the poster at left is from the 1959 promotion. The ALA council voted in that year to continue the annual celebration.  National Library Week has been observed every year since, typically in the second full week of April.

This year's National Library Week begins today and runs through April 19th. The national theme is "Lives change @ your library"®. Here is this years national poster:
2014 NLW Poster

Each year to celebrate National Library Week, the Sullivan Lexington Library highlights an aspect of our library and the importance of reading.  In previous years we’ve created READ posters featuring pictures of faculty and students; asked students to speculate on the future of libraries and examined the history of the Sullivan Library on the Lexington campus.  

For this year we are "Face-Booking," a mash-up of the social media web site, Facebook, and highlighting books with faces. In another twist, one of our "face-books" hides the face of a faculty or staff member here at Sullivan-Lexington. Each day during Library Week we'll be posting on Facebook one or more of our face-books. We'd love for you to play along and guess who is hiding behind the book. Make your guess in the comment section of the post. We'll also be posting on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Here's a sample to get you started:
guess who?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bye, Bye Goldfish

The Poem:

How to bury a goldfish
When nature strikes
First, break all the rules

The Books:
The authors, who are also moms, provide suggestions for 100 different traditions and rituals that can help guide families through happy life events and more somber occasions. 

When Nature Strikes: Weather Disasters and the Law by Marsha L. Baum; 344.7305 B347w
A law professor presents the different laws related to weather events, and then she uses specific cases, legislation, and actions taken to show how those laws have been created and interpreted in the United States. 

What do successful managers know? According to authors Buckingham and Coffman, successful leaders know how to break the rules to get things accomplished.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Simpsons Do Math!?

The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets
Figuring it out
Aha! Solutions

The Books:
Singh, the author of Fermat’s Enigma, decodes several episodes of the Simpsons to reveal how much math really is there, and he talks with some of the writers who obviously have a thing for math. 

How can you not be hooked with this teaser, “funny and puzzling mathematical stories?”

Aha! Solutions by Martin Erickson; 511.3 E684a
The author presents 100 problems, from the mathematical disciplines of algebra, geometry, calculus, to show how aha solutions in math can be discovered.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Un-Easy Rider

Today's book spine poem is about a motorcyclist's bad day.

Once upon a cool motorcycle dude
Off-ramps and on-ramps
Sixty to zero. :-(

The Books:
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley, Carol Heyer, and Scott Goto; JF O
At school a girl and a boy write their own versions of a fairy tale that includes ponies, princesses, motorcycles, and gold. 

Ms. Hewlett discusses the phenomenon women who left the workforce for family reasons face when they try to re-enter the job market. 

What do a best-selling Harvard Business Review case study, a decades-old U.S. company, and welding have in common? Check out Mr. Koller’s book titled Spark to learn about what binds those three things. 

Boom: Marketing to the Ultimate Power Consumer—the Baby-Boomer Woman by Mary Brown and Carol Orsborn; 658.834 B879b
Two executives at Imago Creative describe how they use market research to woo baby boomer women into to buying products. 

A veteran auto-industry reporter details what happened at GM and in Detroit that led to GM’s collapse.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swimming in the Shark Tank

Today's poem:

Swimming in the steno pool
Snipers, shills and, sharks
Swim with the sharks without being eaten alive

The Books:

Author Lynn Peril, a secretary herself, peppers this book with witticisms and illustrations and photographs about female assistants in the modern workplace. 

The author is a real-life auctioneer and user of eBay, and he investigates the success of eBay and how humans interact with it. 

Mackay’s title says it all. Read his book to learn how to outsmart the competition and survive.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello, baby!

Today's book spine poem:

The Poem:
Hello baby!
Busy baby
Messy baby
Eat sleep poop

The Books:
Hello Baby!  By Mem Fox; illustrated by Steve Jenkins; JF F
All sorts of baby animals, from a hippopotamus to a porcupine, are illustrated in this non-traditional baby book.

Busy Baby by Fiona Watt; JF W
A happy baby stays busy all day and never lets his blanket leave his side in this touch-and-feel board book. 

Messy Baby by Francesca Allen and Felicity Brooks; JF A
Baby paints, plays outside, and gets messy all over, and readers can play along with a cardboard cutout of baby.

A pediatrician gives parents reassurance and information to help them during their baby’s first year of life.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Living History: A Great Constitutional

Today's poem is "A Great Constitutional"

The Poem:
Shaping America
Liberty's blueprint
The Living Constitution
American epic

The Books:
Shaping America: The Supreme Court and American Society by Edward F. Mannino; 347.7326 M284s
See the history of the United States through the lens of the Supreme Court and the many decisions its justices have decided. 

Though it may not sound cool and exciting, Mr. Meyeson’s book is part of the history of the U. S. Read it and you’ll have a better understanding of the history of the Federalist Papers and its authors. 

The Living Constitution by David A. Strauss; 342.02 S912l
In this book Strauss argues with conservative Supreme Court justices about whether or not the U.S. Constitution is a living or dead document. 

American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution by Garrett Epps; 342.7302 E644a
In this in-depth look at the U.S. Constitution, Mr. Epps describes different ways of reading the Constitution: scriptural, legal, lyric, and epic.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Peelings. Nothing more than peelings

Today's book spine poem deals with peelings—it's a food poem!

The Poem:
How are you peeling?
Food for thought
Dog food
Edible art
Working the plate

The Books:
How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers; JF F
Perfectly positioned fruits and vegetables display a gambit of emotions from jealousy and joy to sadness and shame in this expressive picture book.

Food for Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts for Growing Minds by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers; JF F
What is funnier than a smiling pumpkin or a laughing lemon? A whole book of emotive fruits and vegetables! In this book Freymann and Elffers use carved vegetables and fruits to teach children about concepts like colors, shapes, numbers, and letters.

Dog Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers;  JF F
Silly dogs, happy dogs, and hot dogs, all made out of fruits and veggies, grace the pages of this exuberant book.

Edible Art: Tricks and Tools for Master Centerpieces from Carved Vegetables by Narahenapitage Sumith Premalal de Costa; 641.819 N218e
There are twenty-five carving projects, including ones for melon lanterns and butterflies, found in this book that has simple directions on how to make each creation.

Working the Plate: the Art of Food Presentation by Christopher Styler; 641.5 S938w
The author is a food stylist and writer, and he presents instructions and photographs for seven different plating styles that can inspire chefs and diners alike.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bearing Up: Today's Book Spine Poem

Bears See, Bears Do

The Poem:
Baby bear, baby bear, what do you see?
Baby bear sees blue
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
Orange pear apple bear
Polar bear, polar bear, what do you hear?
Frog song

The Books:
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. illus. by Eric Carle; JF M
A baby bear looking for his mother encounters many other animals along the way. 

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; JF W
When a baby bear wakes up from hibernating he sees colors all around him. 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. illus. by Eric Carle; JF M
Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle craft a cumulative tale about the different things a brown bear sees, including a class of children. 

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett; JF G
With five words and a bear, author and illustrator Emily Gravett creates a delightful concept book about shapes, colors, and food. 

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin, Jr. illus. by Eric Carle; JF M
Animals at the zoo make their own unique sounds and children copy them in this brightly illustrated book. 

Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson; illus. by Gennady Spirin; JF G
Frogs from around the world are celebrated in this picture book.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Oh, Those Pesky Elephants!

Today's Book Spine Poem is "Oh, Those Pesky Elephants!"

What to do if an elephant stands on your foot?
Juggling elephants
Rising elephant
Bag the elephant!

The Books:
What to Do if an Elephant Stands on Your Foot by Michelle Robinson; illustrated by Peter Reynolds; JF R.
One young man discovers how tricky life in the jungle can be when an elephant steps on his foot.

Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done—Now! By Jones Loflin and Todd Musig; 650.1 L828j
Using elephants as a metaphor, the authors describe how to balance the many roles people have in their lives.

Rising Elephant: The Growing Clash with India over White-Collar Jobs and Its Challenge to America and the World by Ashutosh Sheshabalaya; 331.1 S554r
The outsourcing giant India is no longer seen as a place to set up call centers, but, according to the author, it is also a destination where people can get affordable medical care. Read this book to find out how India is changing and being changed by the global economy.

Bag the Elephant!: How to Win and Keep Big Customers by Steve Kaplan; 658.812 K176b
The title of this book is also a method developed by Steve Kaplan. In his book Kaplan details how people can use his tips to transform their businesses.

Monday, March 31, 2014

April is...30 Days of Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.
2014 National Poetry Month Poster
Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets (, National Poetry Month is a way to celebrate poetry and its place in American culture. Ever think about how much a part of our culture poetry really is? Think for a minute about some of the idioms we use:

  • When someone gets a payback for something bad he has done, we call it "poetic justice."
  • When someone ignores rules or plays loose with facts we sometimes call it "poetic license."
  • When someone speaks eloquently or in a rhythmic manner we often say that person "waxes poetic."
  • When an athlete performs her sport flawlessly, we say that she is "poetry in motion."
"Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.  Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.  Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away."–Carl Sandburg

During the month of April, the Library and Learning Resource Center will celebrate National Poetry Month by posting on this blog and other social media sites a book spine poem every weekday. A book spine poem is simply arranging books in a stack in which the titles become the lines of a poem. Here is a sample of one of last year's book spine poems about a cow's life:

Join us throughout April as we celebrate National Poetry Month.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Watch Out for the Heels

Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles that Are Changing the Face of Business by Pamela Ryckman

Ryckman discusses a variety of networks, from salons to dinner groups, that business women have formed to be successful in their careers.

Pair this with Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead