Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Dollhouse Murders

The Dollhouse Murders, by Thomas P. Mauriello. Subtitle: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes. Thomas Mauriello is an expert crime scene investigator and also teaches the subject. In 1992, he saw the “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” dioramas, a series of 18 dollhouse miniatures of crime scenes. They were created in the 1940′s by … Continue reading »

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Piled Higher and Deeper # 4

Piled Higher and Deeper. Chapter 4: Academic Stimulus Package, by Jorge Cham. This is the fourth compilation of the online comic strip, Piled Higher and Deeper (“a grad student comic strip”). PHD is one of the best online time sinks. If you’ve ever been in academia or in grad school, particularly if you’ve ever been … Continue reading »

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The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams. Dennis is a 12-year-old boy whose life has been very boring and lonely since his mother left a couple of years ago. He is bullied by his brother and his father has a “no hugging” rule in the house. The two bright spots in Dennis’ life are … Continue reading »

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2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently updated its Plant Hardiness Zone Map. What’s a plant hardiness zone? It’s a zone based on the “average annual extreme minimum temperature during a 30-year period in the past” and helps gardeners determine whether a plant has a chance to thrive in that zone. The 2012 map is more … Continue reading »

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Marcelino Pan Y Vino

Marcelino Pan y Vino, by Jose Maria Sanchez-Silva. Marcelino is an orphan who was abandoned as a baby at the doorstep of a small Franciscan monastery. He grows up to be a mischievious little boy who has the run of the monastery. He only place he’s not allowed to visit is the attic. Of course, … Continue reading »

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Getting the most out of a professional conference

“Getting the most out of an in-person professional conference,” by Kathryn Greenhill, posted on Librarians Matter. “I just really miss that exciting feeling of stepping out of a conference session, where I didn’t really understand what the abstract in the programme meant, with my mind buzzing with trying to quickly assimilate the new knowledge and … Continue reading »

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Dante’s Equation

Dante’s Equation, by Jane Jensen. [Short note this time as I try to catch up on the book write-ups.] This book combines Torah code, cutting-edge physics, Auschwitz, alternate universes, and good and evil to make a neat, far-raging, and exciting adventure. You wouldn’t think such a mix would work so well, but it does. WorldCat … Continue reading »

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Ten ways to use Pinterest in your library

Ellyssa Kroski, at iLibrarian, posted ten good ideas for using Pinterest in your library. Create recommended book boards. Highlight library staff. Spread the word about author talks. Create patron-contributed boards. Have a Pinterest board contest. Showcase educational videos and podcasts. Create an e-books board. Give patrons a library tour. Market upcoming events. Highlight a special … Continue reading »

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A Very Small Farm

A Very Small Farm, by William Paul Winchester. This book won the 1996 Oklahoma Book Award for Non-Fiction. The award’s website describes it thus: “In these pages, Winchester shares his meditations about the life of the small farmer-a life richly experienced. His philosophy, like his lifestyle, is simple and yet profound.” When William Paul Winchester … Continue reading »

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Reading list: Marketing

This month’s reading list is from Terry O’Reilly, an award-winning Canadian advertiser whose Age of Persuasion show ran on CBC Radio from 2008 to 2011. The episodes, about the influence of marketing on most aspects of everyday life, are available on iTunes as a podcast. The show’s CBC website has supporting images and video for … Continue reading »

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