At 4:30 AM, on the morning of January 3rd, I swung my tired legs over the edge of my bed, dragged myself onto my feet, struggled into the sweats and sneakers I’d laid out the previous evening, forced a caffeinated pre-workout drink down my throat and stumbled out my door into the quiet chilly darkness. Continue reading →
What is the name of your site and where is it located?
It’s the library for Machon L’Parnasa/Institute for Professional Studies, sometimes referred to as the Boro Park 45th Street library. We’re located in Borough Park neighborhood, which is situated just south of the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, at 1301 45th Street. We are situated between the D and F subway lines, but I usually walk or bike to work. I live not too far away and like to get some extra exercise now that I don’t play soccer every day anymore. Continue reading →
Hello! I am Joe Brown, the new evening librarian at the Bay Shore School of Health Sciences. I received my undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and History from the University at Albany, in 2000. Nine years later…I received my MLS from Queens College in 2009. In between these two degrees I was lucky enough to take part in many interesting employment adventures. To share a little of my history, here are some snapshots.
You know, you live with someone long enough, you think you know them pretty well. My wife and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, so I thought I had her down cold: loves birdwatching, cooking, 80s music and terrible television shows (more or less in that order, which is fortunate for me, as I prefer classic films). She’s intellectually curious, especially about the animal kingdom, the environment and outer space. In fact, she has mentioned on occasion that she would have loved to have been an astronaut. While I do not share her enthusiasm for space travel (unless we’re watching Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) I will say I secretly chuckled at her claim; it was difficult to imagine her rocketing around the galaxy, since she’s timid about riding any bicycle but one of the stationary variety. Continue reading →
I have always had a strong liking for libraries, though it is difficult to pinpoint why this is the case. Perhaps it all began while I was a child at Lenox elementary school while I was living in Saint Louis Park Minnesota. Or, maybe it began while I was an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota (I always liked quiet, unassuming and serene open spaces). Indeed, the Walter Library at the university is in fact considered one of the most beautiful academic libraries in the United States. And of course, as an undergraduate, I would spend an endless amount of time studying for class; and if I was not studying, I would take a break by browsing the stacks, sometimes losing myself for hours on end, pursuing my recreational interest in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Continue reading →
Made it! Not without a few scraped tires, some nail-biting and white knuckles, but still…
Surprise, surprise! We managed to arrive in Monterey for phase two of our west coast sojourn with car, luggage and three bodies intact. Our next five days consisted of slightly nervous car travel, fur-free hiking (with the exception of my sweatpants, which retain trace amounts of Leonberger after several launderings), birding (a-ha!) and picture taking. Lots and LOTs of picture taking. Continue reading →
There are so many places I’d love to visit, but only so much time and money available. So, on a recent winter night, when a friend began discussing her upcoming business trip to San Francisco with my wife, I thought little of it. We LOVE San Francisco, but had already been there (twice). If we were going to repeat trips we owed family a visit in Florida. So I was a bit surprised when, fueled by several glasses of Pinot Noir and Cabarnet Sauvignon (oh, did I mention they were discussing this at a wine tasting?) my wife and friend announced we were meeting up in San Francisco in April. Continue reading →