CCRLD News Blog

CCRLD Newslog

Connect, expand, enrich your world. Anytime, anywhere you need us.
Jul 25
2013

Updated Surplus List

Posted by heather in Announcements

There have been some revisions to our surplus list, please take a look!

Surplus items for July 25th, 2013

Jul 10
2013

Amy Suggests..

Posted by amy in Reviews & Recommended Books

Feed by M.T. Anderson

“I don't know when they first had feeds. Like maybe, fifty or a hundred years ago. Before that, they had to use their hands and their eyes. Computers were all outside the body. They carried them around outside of them, in their hands, like if you carried your lungs in a briefcase and opened it to breathe.” Feed. M.T. Anderson

 

Feed cover art

Feed is the kind of book that stays with you. It’s the kind of story that serves as a benchmark- a post by which you measure other events in your life, stories that you hear, things you read on the internet. It’s a book that’s hard to shake. It’s disturbing and cynical and kind of hilarious the way a fever dream can be all of those things.


Feed is the story of Titus, a teenage boy who lives in a hyper-connected future Earth where everyone has an information feed hard-wired in their brains. Titus and his friends are constantly inundated with information through the Feednet. They can chat with each other or watch t.v. shows like, “Oh? Thing! Wow!”  But mostly they are subject to a constant barrage of consumer information. The Feed is an integration of technology and biology that started out as a great technological innovation, but ended up creating a population of distracted, ill-informed, inarticulate consumers. The planet is dying or dead, everyone is sick and none of Titus’s friends are too worried about it.


The story begins on the Moon, where Titus and his friends have gone for spring break, despite it’s horrible lameness. When a protester hijacks their feeds, they are taken offline and sent to recuperate in a hospital. That’s when Titus falls for Violet, a beautiful, smart girl who chooses to fight the feed.


Feed was written 11 years ago.  It’s a little scary how close to the bone M.T Anderson cuts in this book, considering it was written before most people were familiar with social media. Reading Feed, it’s hard to believe it was written before Facebook and Twitter.

An excellent review of this book by Tony McMillan of DigBoston (linked below) says, "...ultimately the thrust of this novel is not how thoroughly communication technology and its marriage with consumer culture rots our intelligence, it’s how deeply it rots our compassion." I think it’s also about how this marriage eats away at what makes us human; our ability to be present, to connect with other people, to reason. All of this connection tends to make us disconnect from where we are and what is happening to us right now. Feed is what happens when we aren't paying attention.


Feed is available in the “New” section in the teen room. The call number is YA F AND.


Tony McMillan’s exceptional review of M.T Anderson’s Feed can be found here.

 

Jul 09
2013

CCRLD Strategic Planning Meeting

Posted by amy in Announcements

Columbia County Rural Library District

Special meeting of the Board of Trustees

Strategic Planning Meeting

Saturday, July 20, 2013: 9-noon

CCRLD Board of Trustee Chair, Tanya Patton, scheduled a special meeting to discuss the strategic plan for 2013-2015.  The meeting will be held July 20, 2013 from 9 am to noon. The public is encouraged to attend. No action  will be taken at the meeting.

Agenda

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call- Trustees Present/Others Present

3. Tour of library and basement

4. Strategic Plan 2013-2015

5. Adjourn

Next regular meeting date Monday, August 19, 2013, 7pm  in the Delaney Room.

 

Jul 08
2013

Library Position Announcement: Director

Posted by heather in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) is seeking a Director that reports to the Board of Trustees in Dayton, WA.  The Director is responsible for the administration, planning, and operation of CCRLD complying with the District’s mission, vision, and values.  Annual Salary is $43,476 to $47,136 with benefits.  Application deadline is 8/10/13. 

Request or download an application packet containing Job Description, Application, Preliminary Questions, and Essay Questions at the Dayton Memorial Library 111 S. 3rd St. or from our Employment Page: http://www.ccrld.lib.wa.us/index.php/employment.  CCRLD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and a drug/alcohol/smoke free work environment.  Contact Janet Lyon at 509-382-4131 for additional information.

 

Jul 05
2013

CCRLD RECEIVES FUNDS TO REPLACE WORN BOOKS

Posted by heather in Library News

Columbia County Rural Library District received funds from Banner Bank and The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library to replace old and worn children’s books.  Many of the well-loved books, classics, and favorite authors, like Dr. Seuss, are in need of being replaced.  The Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library submitted a grant to Banner Bank to help CCRLD purchase replacement titles of worn books.  Banner Bank generously awarded the Friends with $200.  In addition the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library agreed to donate an additional $500 to CCRLD.   CCRLD will be able to purchase about 60 new library-bound replacement books with the funds of $700.

You Are Here:

Home BLOG