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Jul 10
2013

Amy Suggests..

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

Feed by M.T. Anderson

“I don't know when they first had feeds. Like maybe, fifty or a hundred years ago. Before that, they had to use their hands and their eyes. Computers were all outside the body. They carried them around outside of them, in their hands, like if you carried your lungs in a briefcase and opened it to breathe.” Feed. M.T. Anderson

 

Feed cover art

Feed is the kind of book that stays with you. It’s the kind of story that serves as a benchmark- a post by which you measure other events in your life, stories that you hear, things you read on the internet. It’s a book that’s hard to shake. It’s disturbing and cynical and kind of hilarious the way a fever dream can be all of those things.


Feed is the story of Titus, a teenage boy who lives in a hyper-connected future Earth where everyone has an information feed hard-wired in their brains. Titus and his friends are constantly inundated with information through the Feednet. They can chat with each other or watch t.v. shows like, “Oh? Thing! Wow!”  But mostly they are subject to a constant barrage of consumer information. The Feed is an integration of technology and biology that started out as a great technological innovation, but ended up creating a population of distracted, ill-informed, inarticulate consumers. The planet is dying or dead, everyone is sick and none of Titus’s friends are too worried about it.


The story begins on the Moon, where Titus and his friends have gone for spring break, despite it’s horrible lameness. When a protester hijacks their feeds, they are taken offline and sent to recuperate in a hospital. That’s when Titus falls for Violet, a beautiful, smart girl who chooses to fight the feed.


Feed was written 11 years ago.  It’s a little scary how close to the bone M.T Anderson cuts in this book, considering it was written before most people were familiar with social media. Reading Feed, it’s hard to believe it was written before Facebook and Twitter.

An excellent review of this book by Tony McMillan of DigBoston (linked below) says, "...ultimately the thrust of this novel is not how thoroughly communication technology and its marriage with consumer culture rots our intelligence, it’s how deeply it rots our compassion." I think it’s also about how this marriage eats away at what makes us human; our ability to be present, to connect with other people, to reason. All of this connection tends to make us disconnect from where we are and what is happening to us right now. Feed is what happens when we aren't paying attention.


Feed is available in the “New” section in the teen room. The call number is YA F AND.


Tony McMillan’s exceptional review of M.T Anderson’s Feed can be found here.

 

Jul 09
2013

CCRLD Strategic Planning Meeting

Posted by amy in Announcements

Columbia County Rural Library District

Special meeting of the Board of Trustees

Strategic Planning Meeting

Saturday, July 20, 2013: 9-noon

CCRLD Board of Trustee Chair, Tanya Patton, scheduled a special meeting to discuss the strategic plan for 2013-2015.  The meeting will be held July 20, 2013 from 9 am to noon. The public is encouraged to attend. No action  will be taken at the meeting.

Agenda

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call- Trustees Present/Others Present

3. Tour of library and basement

4. Strategic Plan 2013-2015

5. Adjourn

Next regular meeting date Monday, August 19, 2013, 7pm  in the Delaney Room.

 

Jul 08
2013

Library Position Announcement: Director

Posted by heather in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) is seeking a Director that reports to the Board of Trustees in Dayton, WA.  The Director is responsible for the administration, planning, and operation of CCRLD complying with the District’s mission, vision, and values.  Annual Salary is $43,476 to $47,136 with benefits.  Application deadline is 8/10/13. 

Request or download an application packet containing Job Description, Application, Preliminary Questions, and Essay Questions at the Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. 3rd St. or from our Employment Page: http://www.ccrld.lib.wa.us/index.php/employment.  CCRLD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and a drug/alcohol/smoke free work environment.  Contact Janet Lyon at 509-382-4131 for additional information.

 

Jul 05
2013

CCRLD RECEIVES FUNDS TO REPLACE WORN BOOKS

Posted by heather in Library News

Columbia County Rural Library District received funds from Banner Bank and The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library to replace old and worn children’s books.  Many of the well-loved books, classics, and favorite authors, like Dr. Seuss, are in need of being replaced.  The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library submitted a grant to Banner Bank to help CCRLD purchase replacement titles of worn books.  Banner Bank generously awarded the Friends with $200.  In addition the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library agreed to donate an additional $500 to CCRLD.   CCRLD will be able to purchase about 60 new library-bound replacement books with the funds of $700.

Jun 25
2013

Is the book always better than the movie?

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

Recently we shared a Buzzfeed article on our Facebook page that lists 14 new movies based on popular fiction. You can see the original article here.  They are all terrific books and we have many of them at the library. The premise of the article is that, as they say "99% of the time the book is better than the movie." As librarians, we're inclined to agree with this statement, but we're also curious to know what you think.

This may be a controversial/ surprising statement, but there are a few movies that we think outshine the books on which they are based.  Here are 3 great movies based some "meh" books (or some pretty great books, that are out-shined by their film adaptations). Use the comments to let us know what you think!

Jaws

What is Jaws without the "budump. budump budump?" Everything we love about Jaws comes from the movie.  From the amazing and instantly recognizable score to Robert Shaw's performance as the unflappable sea captain, Quint- Jaws has been making kids afraid to go in the water for over 30 years. The novel by Peter Benchley, while based on true stories of shark attacks, lacks the emotional oomph and sheer terror of the movie.

The Godfather

There's no doubt that Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather is a classic. It's rich, it's epic and it served to introduce Americans to the world of Mafia. But the thing we like most about The Godfather: A Novel, is that it brought us Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather-  and even better, The Godfather II (we will not mention The Godfather II except to say that we will not acknowledge it). 

In some ways comparing the book and the movies is really apples to oranges. What Coppola brings to the film adaptation is a lushness and fullness that is lacking in the novel(s). When your uncle does his best Godfather impression, it's not the book he's impersonating, it's Marlon Brando. Maybe we're feeling a little misty eyed and sentimental at the passing of James Gandolfini, but when you see Tony Soprano impersonating Michael Corleone ("I keep trying to get out, but they keep dragging me back in") you can't help feel like you've hit the trifecta of American cinema.

The Princess Bride

It's clever and it's funny but we think The Princess Bride by William Goldman pales in comparison to the film version. Just as in the film, the book is presented as an "abridged" version of another book, by S. Morgenstern (this full-version of the book doesn't exist, btw. We wish we would have know this when we were 12 and desperately searching for it). Just as the movie follows the adventures of Princess Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, Westley the farm boy, and Vazzini and his small band of thugs, so too does the book. It's the places where the book and film diverge that lose interest. Goldman interjects large passages of "journal entries" from the modern world that, which are hilarious, but detract from our intent, which is always to "get Humperdinck."

BTW Goldman's book began as bedtime stories that he told his daughters.  How awesome is that?!

So what do you think? Have you read any of these books? Seen the movies? Are there books you want to read before the movie comes out? Are there movies that you think are better than the books they were adapted from? Let us know!

 

Jun 18
2013

Special meeting of the CCRLD board

Posted by amy in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District is holding a special meeting June, 26 for the purpose of reviewing the director job application packet.

Jun 07
2013

Need Help Using our Online Catalog (Koha)?

Posted by heather in Link of the Month

Just a quick shout-out to Bywater Solutions (who helped us migrate to our new catalog system a couple years ago!) for putting this together:

If you're having issues using our online catalog, please check out their tutorial playlist on YouTube. It covers everything from using the Cart function, renewing items, and placing holds, to setting your privacy options in your account, and making purchase suggestions. An excellent resource!

Jun 05
2013

New Books for May 2013

Posted by heather in New Books

New Books for the month of May 2013

492 titles added last month! Some highlights:

Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs (by Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Malcom MacPherson)

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls (by David Sedaris)

Widow of Gettysburg (by Jocelyn Green)

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (by Mo Willems)

Moonbird (by Phillip Hoose)

The Ophelia Cut (by John Lescroart)

The Bee-Man of Orn (by Frank R. Stockton)

Iron Crowned (by Richelle Mead)

Ashfall (by Mike Mullin

Jun 05
2013

Kicking Off the Summer Reading Program!

Posted by heather in Events

It's almost time for our annual Summer Reading program! Sign-ups begin on June 11th, but we're kicking things off early with a special performance by the Walla Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival musicians this Friday at 3:30pm.

The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival musicians will be presenting a performance called "Harp," of Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat, op. 74. The nickname 'harp' comes from the way the musicians pluck the strings during the first movement.

Refreshments to follow the performance.


May 24
2013

Libri books have arrived!

Posted by heather in Announcements

That's right! The library just received our shipment of Libri Foundation books!

These lovely books brought to you by the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library and the Libri Foundation. Thank you! :-)

"The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program."

To learn more, see http://www.librifoundation.org/

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