Farmington is very fortunate to have such a strong group of fine volunteers. I enjoy the privilege of honoring them each year, in a very small way, with a special breakfast where I prepare and serve an Omelet breakfast. This year’s recipient was Donna Ferber who has delivered books and materials to homebound people for many years. Donna’s work not only helps the libraries and those whom she serves be also the entire community. I salute Donna and wish her all the best in the coming years. Jay
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a magnificent Team of colleagues, each of whom love the work and the people we serve. Susan Porter is indeed one of the best of the best as determined by her peers and her subsequent nomination to the 2015 Employee of the Year Award. I am happy to present her with this important recognition along with those who preceded her: Barbara Knibbs (2012), Terry Matava (2013), Karen Ziegler (2014).
Friday, January 22, 2016
David Brooks, the Road to character (179.9 BRO)
Mr. Brooks presents heady and compelling arguments for understanding what events or environments effected the lives of a selected few people; who significantly caused the world to notice their profound effect by their remarkable efforts without regard to self-interest. This is intellectual desert to be consumed slowly and reviewed constantly. I highly recommend.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Michael D’Antonio, Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success
Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump’s ability to promote himself to global celebrity is no accident and Michael D’Antonio probes the genetic heritage that gave him the will and talent to become larger than life. The story begins in with his grandfather’s emigration to America from Germany in the 1870’s through the western gold rush, Alaska, New York, post war investments in the development of Brooklyn and then on to Donald through 2015. Very engaging and worth the time.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Dave Von Drehle, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
Dave Von Drehle’s, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, captivates his reader with a social history of New York’s late nineteenth and early twentieth century politics, labor movement, and the disaster that amalgamated a structural change in labor law and workers rights. This book is not for the faint of heart but tells the grim story of the New York’s garment workers in a narrative that is exquisitely detailed. I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Bibliographic notes for my 2016 new years reading resolution “ I RESOLVE TO READ ONE BOOK A WEEK FOR 2016.”
Pete Hamill, A Drinking Life, A Memoir.
“I loved that old high-roofed building. It was warm in winter and cool in summer, and although it seemed built to last forever, and the sense of space was unlike anything I knew except the lobbies of movie houses, the attraction of the Library was not merely shelter. I was there on a more exciting mission: the discovery of the world.”
Pete Hamill is direct and unabashed as he plows through the first 37 years of his colorful life; from Brooklyn to Manhattan to Mexico, to Spain, Ireland, England… He lived his life looking through a kaleidoscope until confronted by a truth that changed everything. The book defines the second and third quarter of 20th -century New York life; tender, harsh and as funny as life can be when you are at the bottom climbing up without a rope.
Finally, it’s a cookbook for understanding drinking, heavy drinking. His portrayal of alcoholism, recovery and humanity from a first-person perspective is not for the squeamish. The writing is rough and communicates a reality of today often overlooked.