Thursday, April 24, 2014

Another Day in the Boardroom

The Poem:

The art of war
Three moves ahead
War in the boardroom

The Books:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu; 355.02 S958a
This book was written over 2,000 years ago to describe preparations for military operations. Yet, modern business people extrapolate the ideas outlined in it and apply those concepts to the corporate world. 

Rice details how the decision-making skills learned while playing chess can help executives make decisions and stay abreast of trends in the market. 

War in the Boardroom by Al and Laura Ries; 658 R559w
The authors use examples of real companies and their marketing campaigns to show how the success or failure of those campaigns can be affected by the clash in the way people think. 

Winning by Jack and Suzy Welch; 658.4 W439w
The former CEO of GE shares practical advice on how to be successful in a format that workers on the line or in the executive suite can appreciate. 

The power of effective communication and its role in the success of people such as Steve Wynn, Larry Bird, and Michael Bloomberg is discussed in this book by author and pollster, Dr. Frank Luntz. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cuts Like a Knife

The poem:

Knives at dawn
Knives cooks love
An edge in the kitchen

The books:

Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition by Andrew Friedman
The Bocuse d’Or is a world-famous culinary competition, and in this book the author tells the story of a U.S. team that competed in 2009 at the competition.

Knives Cooks Love by Sarah Jay; 641.589 S961k
Knives of all shapes and sizes (yep the cleavers are included) find their way into this book about selecting and using knives.

An Edge in the Kitchen: The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Knives by Chad Ward; 641.589 W257e
If Ms. Jay’s book above gave you an urge to learn more about knives and how to use them, simply grab this title to help round out your knowledge.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dining a la Carte

The Poem:

Dinner at the New Gene Café
The Chocolate Tree
Salt Sugar Fat
Roast Figs Sugar Snow
All You Can Eat

Dinner at the New Gene Café by Bill Lambrecht; 363.19 L226d
Labrecht exposes the impact genetically altered foods have made on American consumers. 

The Chocolate Tree: A Cultural History of Cacao by Allen M. Young; 641.3374 Y68c
The humble cacao plant and its history are chronicled in this newly updated book. 

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss; 641.42 M913s
Did you know that an average American consumes 33 lbs. of cheese and 70 lbs. of sugar in a year? That doesn’t sound so appetizing, but Mr. Moss argues that the American food industry wants us to keep eating all of that and more. 

Henry celebrates winter food with recipes from Canada, Russia, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, France, Britain, and the United States. 

All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America by Joel Berg; 363.8 B493h
Food insecurity and poverty in United States are the focus of this book, and the author offers solutions for politicians and average citizens to help alleviate the problem. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Walk the Line

The Poem:

A Fine Line
Moving Out of the Box

The people who can navigate complex business worlds, can speak more than one language, or who have crisscrossed the globe can be defined as edgewalkers, per author Judi Neal. 

The founder of the global innovation firm, Frog Design Inc., describes the innovation process as he sees it. 

How can teams avoid the many pitfalls like lack of productivity or back-stabbing that occur with business teams? Read Kemp’s book to learn the answers on how to have a successful teams that makes good decisions. 

When Chip Conley, a CEO of a large hospitality organization, realizes the impact that 9/11 has on his company, he goes back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs concept to reboot his company. 

**We hope that you enjoyed the Face-book posters we did for National Library Week. If you missed them last week don't despair because all of the Face-book posters are still on display in the library. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Final Day of Face-Booking

Here's some more posers to conclude National Library Week. To see the rest visit the Library and Learning Resource Center on the Lexington campus.

Who is this?

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Did you guess yesterday's entries? We had Chef Foster, Chef Armstrong and culinary instructor, Libby Allen pose for us.

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.