Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #24

This is continued from last week. Next week will be the thirteen research projects related to my fiction works in progress.

For those of you curious about the reasons for the library closure, I finally posted an explanation last weekend. Sort of. Because it isn't the piece I intended to write based on my own research. But there is a link to the San Francisco Chronicle article for which I was one of about a dozen library patrons interviewed three weeks ago. See Southern Oregon Library Closure. Or you could just scroll down if you are on the front page and it hasn't dropped off yet.

Thirteen Research Projects Which Will Be Impacted By the Impending Library Closure
Part 2: Specific Topics In Support of Essay Thesis or Tangible Goal

1. Movies. Lots and lots of movies from every era of film, including drama and documentaries. The goal is to fill in a gaping culture gap. Can you believe I never saw Casablanca until a couple months ago? And I have yet to see an uncut, in color version of The Wizard of Oz? My memories of it are of the winter I was nine and the three of us kids were all sick with chickenpox, then mumps and then German Measles and thus for months could not attend Bible Study Meetings. We watched it on a black and white TV with rabbit ear reception.

2. Filmography. The availability of commentaries and other extras on DVDs has got me interested in how movies are made. It is storytelling after all. I believe the intense viewing of movies over the past year has garnered a lot of insight into the art of storytelling.

3. A formal study of poetic forms. I haven't studied this since high-school. I write free verse. But I would like to learn the rules and rhetoric of everything from haiku to iambic pentameter so I can at least read it, with better appreciation.

4. Design. For two purposes: Designing fine needlework projects and designing the elements of web page layouts.

5. Needlecraft: needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch. Especially the aspect of turning the stitched project into the finished product--the book cover, the pillow, the wall hanging...

6. Small Business how to.

7. Journalism and the Media.

8. Health and Fitness.

9. Let's not forget Fiction reading. Keeping caught up on all my old favs and discovering new authors is part of any aspiring author's job. It is also my joy.

10. Mind/Body studies. Including Psychoneuroimmunology.

11. Christian Fundamentalism. Because of my history obviously but I'm especially concerned about those who have gained considerable political power whose stated goals are to reform America into a theocracy.

12. Evolution vs. Creation controversy.

13. Bible. History of the cannon, translations, and textual criticism. With special attention to the history of the Scofield Reference Bible, which was the one I was raised on and whose underlying premises I no longer hold to.

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6 tell me a story:

Jenny McB 3/15/2007 12:32 PM  

You need to get somebody very rich to donate a lot of money to your library to keep it going. Our libraries in NH are locally run.

Other reasons to use the library, Child development books for parents for specific issues, from potty training, adhd and mental health issues. Plus just those story times for children to learn about books.

Good list this week.

Raggedy 3/15/2007 1:15 PM  

I keep hoping they will NOT close your library!
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
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impwork 3/15/2007 2:23 PM  

I was fortunate enough to take part in a project that saved several libraries a few years ago. Sometimes the best way to save a library is to get so many people using it that closing it becomes a political disaster waiting to happen.

L^2 3/15/2007 2:24 PM  

I agree with Jenny You need to find somebody very rich to donate a lot of money to your library to keep it going.
My local library was funded by (and is named after) a Senator (and his family) who grew up here.

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Anonymous,  3/16/2007 11:43 AM  

I've been reading about library closures and prunings all over the country, and have been concerned. I haven't gone to a library in ages, except to drop off books for donations, because I'm able to do so much of my research online. But what about the large percentage of our country that isn't online, or can't afford their own internet access? Sure, patrons can special-order items from other libraries; but if they don't have a branch close...urgh. This can't be good.

Tink 3/17/2007 12:41 PM  

I couldn't understand it earlier, I can't today and I never will...
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