Monthly Link Pack – June 2015

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Here’s What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer via Fast Company

– [LISTEN] Phillips Academy Head Argues Libraries More Important Than Ever In Digital Age via WBUR.org

– I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — a public library is a great backdrop for a situational dramedy. Here is a some plot-line inspiration — Disappearance of Boston Public Library art may be an inside job. Employee placed on administrative leave; FBI aiding inquiry” via Boston Globe.

– I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination but Quiz Up is a quick fun diversion, good for when you are waiting at the bus stop.

– Speaking of games — OXENFREE got a nice review on Wired.com, and Yearwalk was recommended by two of my co-workers.

– The building and landscaping design plans for the Queens West Library in New York look stunning. “The original designs call for a tranquil reading garden with gingko trees and a reflecting pool”. I hope this actually happens. It looks dreamy. via NYCurbed.com

Witness is a remarkable new app idea. In an emergency situation, with one click, the app contacts your emergency contacts, communicates your location, and live streams audio and video in real time, all while the screen on your phone remains black. via Tech Crunch

– This summer we will be offering some special nighttime computer classes. The offerings will include perennially popular classes like Excel, mixed with some fresh fun classes like iMovie. Check our website for updates.

– I recommend following the Kickstarter Blog. It’s a great way to learn about cool new stuff. It’s how I learned about McSweeney’s Publishing.

 – Here is the trailer for the new David Foster Wallace movie called The End of the Tour. We have many of David Foster Wallace’s books in our collection.

– The New York Public Library is sharing, via their twitter account, quirky questions that were posed to librarians back in the day. via The Guardian.

SNAPSHOT of the 5 Most Popular Adult Books at PPL right now (6/1/15)

1. Memory man / David Baldacci.

2. Our souls at night / Kent Haruf.

3. The nightingale / Kristin Hannah.

4. The road to character / David Brooks.

5. A lucky life interrupted : a memoir of hope / Tom Brokaw.


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The Monthly Link Pack is a blog series curated by Jennifer Moore, library clerk, maker, and sustainable style blogger. If you have a suggestion for something that should be included in a future blog post, email her at jamoore@cityofportsmouth.com.

 

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