What’s that in our vitrine? Oh, you know. Just some beautiful old Native American artifacts. No big deal. They’re ambiance for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks talk the Ohio Historical Society and the Friends of the Ancient Ohio Earthworks are putting on here tonight. -Norm De Plume . . . → Read More: Stacked: Huh.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has earned a well-deserved National Medal for Museum and Library Service. PLCHC’s Main Library was recently the busiest library in America. In celebration, PLCHC is offering Fine Amnesty Day, tomorrow, May 15th. Having served on a committee or two with Public Library folks and, most recently, watched […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Congrats to the City’s Junior Library!
We’ve been fans of Bernard Cornwell as long as he’s been writing, although we cannot swear to having read every one of his dozens of mostly historical novels since he cranks them out at a prodigious rate. We do not wish to imply that by cranking he is turning out an inferior product any more […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading & Bicycle Behaviour
James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards are to food writers what National Asphalt Paving Association’s NAPA awards are to asphalt professionals: public recognition that one is performing at the very pinnacle of one’s craft, whether one’s craft is laying down a thick layer of solid asphalt, or laying down a thick layer of solid journalistic excellence. […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Michael Steinberger just won a James Beard award
This time of year, I am always astounded at the number of new grilling and bbq books that come my way. So far this year, I have five, no doubt a fraction of what’s published. (It’s the same thing in the fall with baking books.) . It’s always hard to imagine what could be new … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Book(s) of the Week
Our readers need to know that we are sharply divided on the use of bicycle helmets here at the more bicycle friendly of the town’s two leading libraries. Certain members of the staff, shameless proponents of the Nanny State, clearly lean towards imposition of a helmet requirement for cyclists. The Library’s helmet-heads, speed demons to […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: … And Speaking of Bike Month
. . . and there are plenty of bike-related activities to be enjoyed in Cincinnati. Tonight, you are encouraged to bike to Music Hall where you will be given a free instrument and sent to make Gateway Quarter residents wish they had shelled out for the extra soundproofing on their gentrificondos. This year, many of […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: It’s Bike Month Ya’ll . . .
A new bookstore is going to open downtown in the old Brooks Brothers space. They’re also going to sell crepes (which rhymes with “steps,” as my old French professor would insist I remind you), coffee (which can easily be spiked with brandy, as my old French professor used to do during finals), and other standard […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: THIS JUST IN
Stacked followers know that we like to grab a novel on the way out Friday and blog about it Monday, but this weekend there was no way out on which to grab. We never left. It was Hackathon Weekend here at the Small Library Time Forgot, and we were required to see that the hackers […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading: The Third Coast
Mercantile member Justin Patrick Moore, who recently interviewed past Merc. President and author Dale Patrick Brown , has just interviewed Cincinnati Preservation Association director Paul Muller about the challenges of preserving modern architecture. This week, the CPA is having a symposium on preserving modern architecture in the Midwest. Check out Justin’s interview with Muller here at peakofnormal.org and don’t […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: On the Way to the Peak of Normal talks Preservation
We are sorry to have to air our grievances in public, but Scripsi, who’s supposed to be on the ball about these things and who after years here should know exactly the books about which we expect to be notified as he is unpacking failed to alert us to the arrival of Capital Punishment by […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading: Capital Punishment – the new Robert Wilson
The Mercantile Library was founded 178 years ago today. If I’m not mistaken, 178 is the “large wads of cash/40-year-old single malt scotch” anniversary… -Norm De Plume . . . → Read More: Stacked: Happy Birthday, Us!
It’s an honorable tradition amongst librarians to eke out our salaries reviewing books. Some of us get so addicted to the steady stream of reader copies and not very much money that we can’t imagine life without either, leading us to go years without reading anything not arriving in a padded envelope and to spend [...] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading: I, Hogarth and Huge Secret
We’re going to be holding a Hackathon here at the end of the month. Here’s how it works: You (or preferably you and your team) provide ideas for marketing the Mercantile to today’s modern, hip, go-getter types. We’ll provide the generous cash prizes to the teams that come up with the best ideas. Oh, and [...] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Hackathon
Many many demands were made on our time over the weekend, greatly interfering with our reading. There was, for example, lunch with A. McC. Smith, something put together by the Junior Library Foundation where the jolly and prolific author showed up in a kilt, the connection of which to his Rhodesian birthplace escaped us. The [...] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Extended Weekend Reading: Life After Life
I’ve been toying with some ideas for setting up self-checkout stations here like the ones they have at the Public Library. After hours of work, I’ve come up with this mock-up: The innovation that makes the concept work was turning the handles on the stamps AWAY from the Librarian’s side of the desk, and [...] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Keeping up with the Junior Library
The Non-blogger unfairly assigns us to the Anglophile column. That is quite wrong. We are proudly American. We drive a Buckeye-built Honda. We believe in food allergies. All that stuff. It was pure coincidence, then, that our weekend reading was the new Kate Atkinson and the entertainment of choice for the visiting Wolfe pups was [...] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Anglo-Coincidence
More fun with libraries as incubators via my Library and Information Science listserve. Here’s a conversation about experimental music at the city’s junior library on The Library as Incubator Project. -ed scripsi . . . → Read More: Stacked: The Library-as-incubator Mother-Lode
Once a year the heads of the nation’s surviving membership libraries convene to swap war stories and recipes for success. The meetings are models of efficiency and congeniality from which the librarian-directors return refreshed and re-invigorated, ready to bring the absolute latest and best membership library practices to their home cities. Hurricane Sandy forced the [...] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Literary Junket