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Reference Question of the Day
Dan from Cycle Center of Stamford just called to ask if we have a bike rack. Why would he inquire about such a thing? Because he had a customer in the store who was about to buy a bike but first wanted to know if we had a bike rack.
My question is - if we didn’t have a bike rack, would the customer have just said fuggedaboutit?

Reference Question of the Day

Dan from Cycle Center of Stamford just called to ask if we have a bike rack. Why would he inquire about such a thing? Because he had a customer in the store who was about to buy a bike but first wanted to know if we had a bike rack.

My question is - if we didn’t have a bike rack, would the customer have just said fuggedaboutit?

Introducing RA Unconference!

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Librarians with a particular interest in readers’ advisory are cordially invited to join a group of like-minded folk at Darien Library on Friday, May 16, 2014, for the Library’s first annual RA Unconference. Or, as we’ve been calling it, RAUNCON. (Pronounced RON-CON.) Darien Library is sponsoring is sponsoring this unconference, so registration is free, as is lunch that day. There are 80 spots for interested librarians. The schedule can be found here.

So happy to finally be announcing our first-ever RA unconference!

A very happy Valentine’s Day from the romance-loving librarians of Darien Library!

Yesterday, our artist-in-residence Ben Larrabee conducted his second talk in the Library’s new artistspace. Here, he demonstrates how the same image looks different when printed on standard photo paper (on right) and on rice paper (on left). The rice paper, as he put it, lends the image a new vitality and sense of movement.
If you don’t have rice paper, though, and are more of an iPhone photographer. Ben had a few pieces of advice that will work for you.
Most importantly. he talked about how stressed out he gets when people only take one photo, when he’s not the one behind the camera. Always take several. Not two! Several. He’s a big believer in capturing a flow of photographs and then going back to look at them.(I violated this rule with my top photo because I hadn’t heard it yet. Never again!)
And also, no flash. Use what light you have to create a great photo, letting the conditions shape the picture, rather than setting the conditions to suit the picture.
Lastly, don’t try to coax reluctant children into getting their picture taken. Just go on about your business without them. They’ll get interested at some point, and then they’ll be more comfortable (and look a lot happier in the picture).
Ben will be back for two more discussions in March, so feel free to send us your photography questions—big or small, technical or theoretical—and we will report back with answers.

Yesterday, our artist-in-residence Ben Larrabee conducted his second talk in the Library’s new artistspace. Here, he demonstrates how the same image looks different when printed on standard photo paper (on right) and on rice paper (on left). The rice paper, as he put it, lends the image a new vitality and sense of movement.

If you don’t have rice paper, though, and are more of an iPhone photographer. Ben had a few pieces of advice that will work for you.

  1. Most importantly. he talked about how stressed out he gets when people only take one photo, when he’s not the one behind the camera. Always take several. Not two! Several. He’s a big believer in capturing a flow of photographs and then going back to look at them.(I violated this rule with my top photo because I hadn’t heard it yet. Never again!)
  2. And also, no flash. Use what light you have to create a great photo, letting the conditions shape the picture, rather than setting the conditions to suit the picture.
  3. Lastly, don’t try to coax reluctant children into getting their picture taken. Just go on about your business without them. They’ll get interested at some point, and then they’ll be more comfortable (and look a lot happier in the picture).

Ben will be back for two more discussions in March, so feel free to send us your photography questions—big or small, technical or theoretical—and we will report back with answers.

Quiz answer:

  1. cbsundance answered: Disappointed that Lillian the Librarian didn’t make it in! I think they picked No T. Rex in the Library.
  2. librarianpirate answered: but … where’s Dinosaur vs the Library?
  3. itsnotlogicitsameanstoanend said: No T Rex in the library! It’s one of my favorites!

Yes, it was most definitely No T. Rex In the Library. Which is a lot of fun to read with pre-K, because there are several opportunities for the whole room to roar.

Sadly, Dinosaur Vs. The Library was out, so I couldn’t take it with me! Ditto Lillian. Too many good books about libraries in the world.

Hello, tumblr, it is Stephanie, filling in for your beloved Erin this week while she is away on vacation. Let’s start the week off with a quiz! Last week, I visited three pre-K classes to talk about what it’s like to be a librarian. It was, as you’d expect, awesome. Somehow, we talked about Darth Vader in every classroom, even though he does not work at the library. I let each class vote on which book I would read to them, and they chose from the books above:

These are all great books about the library, by the way, and many thanks to our Children’s Librarians for helping me pick them out. (Special s/o to Krishna!) All three classes voted for the same book, and I read it three times in a row. So, the quiz is this: which book did they pick?

Oh you guys, our building turned 5 years old today! Here’s a video from our opening celebration. Please note the guy around the 13-minute mark filming the entire thing on his flip phone.

(no sound — deafening noise of whistles)

Since most children can’t stay up to celebrate the beginning of the new year, we hosted a NOON Year celebration in the Children’s Library!

The adult winner of our #hulahoopla contest! We stopped her at 20 minutes but she may have gone all night!

The adult winner of our #hulahoopla contest! We stopped her at 20 minutes but she may have gone all night!

This was one of our child contestants in the #hulahoopla contest. I happened to capture this just as she lost the hoop, but she had been going on for 11+ minutes at this point. 
Bonus: in the background you can see underneath one of the bookshelves the adult winner’s hoop!

This was one of our child contestants in the #hulahoopla contest. I happened to capture this just as she lost the hoop, but she had been going on for 11+ minutes at this point. 

Bonus: in the background you can see underneath one of the bookshelves the adult winner’s hoop!