September 20th, 2014

Thank tiny scorpions for keeping your old books clean! Who knew? Read more here: https://www.nerdist.com/2014/09/thank-tiny-scorpions-for-keeping-your-old-books-clean/

September 19th, 2014

firstbook:

A good book will take you to new and different places!

bibliolectors:

Little readers / Pequeños lectores (ilustración de Alex Pelayo)

So, so cute!

Reblogged from First Book
September 18th, 2014

Got Mail? Now you can drop off outgoing mail at the library! Due to popular request, MPL now has mailboxes for public use. Both floors of the library have a mailbox. Just ask a friendly staff member if you need assistance.

September 18th, 2014

Word Woman’s Weekly Workout

Welcome to another interesting installment of Word Woman’s Weekly Work-Out!  Here’s a pair of Words of the Week that look and sound quite similar, but are actually very different in meaning:

Truckle:    [verb]   (often used with “to”)

To act in a subservient manner:  submit

“Truckle”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truckle , 8/22/2014

AND

Truculent:    {adjective]

1.  Feeling or displaying ferocity :  cruel, savage

2.  Deadly, destructive

3.  Scathingly harsh :  vitriolic 

4.  Aggressively self-assertive :  belligerent

“Truculent”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truculent?show=0&t=1409193946 , 8/22/2014

Example:  Dennis refused to truckle to his supervisor’s demand that he park in the staff lot.  He demonstrated his truculent attitude by taking a nail gun to the tires of his boss’ Jaguar.

The key to the difference between these two words lies in their etymology.  Truckle comes to us from the Old English word trucian (to fall, diminish) by way of Low German truggein (to flatter, fawn).  Truculent descends from the Latin truculentus (fierce, savage) via the Latin root word trux (fierce, wild).

September 17th, 2014
September 16th, 2014

thelifeguardlibrarian:

vintageanchorbooks:

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BOOKS: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/how-long-it-takes-to-read-the-worlds-most-popular-books

My brain likes things like this.

Ever thought about reading a book (or series) and wondered how long it would take you? Well, wonder no more!

September 15th, 2014

Although many librarians may be understandably new to the topic of online surveillance, information professionals are not new to defending intellectual freedom and the right to read and voice dissenting opinions, as well as the rights of historically marginalized people who continue to be under the most surveillance.



Librarians are known for refusing requests from local law enforcement soliciting details on user browsing and borrowing records. The ALA has counted privacy among its core values since 1939, recognizing it as essential to free speech and intellectual freedom. And the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is a signatory on the Thirteen International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. As Kade Crockford puts it, “Perhaps more than anyone in our society, librarians represent the values that make a democracy strong, intellectual freedom foremost among them.”

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