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Sunday, July 11, 2021
I experienced "the turmoil of the 1960s, and revolutionary changes in the Catholic Church triggered by the Second Vatican Council" while attending a men's Catholic college that hosted a summit on Pacem in terris, the last encyclical by, and the "last will and testament" of, John Pope XXIII, proclaiming that peace must be based on truth, justice, love and freedom. It laid the groundwork for much of the student activism of the 60s. Lawrence D. Maloney attended a Seminary at the time, fulfilling a "lifelong" (through 8th grade) ambition to become a priest. We each found a secular vocation, he as a noted journalist and publisher, I as "Harry the Librarian." If you read "Look Inside" at the book's Amazon page you will experience personal storytelling that transports you to that time of innocence and idealism. Clicking on the book cover will take you to the Amazon page for the book.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Just released! Dr. Kinney shares the keys that allow him to live the life of his dreams without stress and worry, written especially for those who feel stuck, those who have begun their pursuit of success, and for those who don't know where to begin. This short book allows for repeated listening, because the keys will take time to learn, embrace, and activate. Click here to learn more and (hopefully) get your copy today!
Friday, March 5, 2021
When the rubber meets the road: Many claim to "believe in" intellectual freedom - easy when no one is calling you a perpetrator of evil thoughts and words. Librarians take their lumps in order to live up to the ideal of letting each person get ALL the facts and perspectives and decide for themselves.Worcester Telegram tells us that "Worcester Public Library Executive Director Jason Homer acknowledged that 'we must challenge our collective history and make sure we address when deeply loved literature proves hurtful and problematic WITH THE LENS OF HISTORY, [caps added by me] diversity and equality'
"Betsy Perry, director of Sutton Public Library added that the situation is viewed as A TEACHING MOMENT, saying 'The imagery depicted in these books provides caregivers opportunities for discussion with their children about the historical context of the time when these books were created.'” Caption: Librarians Iris Delgado, left, and Rezarta Reso hold some of the controversial Dr. Seuss books at the Worcester Public Library Thursday.
My concern is that if we "erase" reminders of how our thinking and understanding EVOLVE, we overlook that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!" (George Santayana-1905)
Thursday, February 18, 2021
The article below was in today's Worcester Magazine, included with the Worcester Telegram.
My comment: There's no surprise that electronic materials surged while print book circulation dropped when libraries closed due to the pandemic. I found it interesting that "a Pew Research Center study found that young adults were more likely to read print books than ebooks, although most did read both. Ebooks were not a break from their regular activities, but physical books were." How many of us assumed that print books were the domain of "old people?"
Libraries see big increase in digital check-outs, but physical books hold appeal
It’s an interesting reading item.
According to CW MARS, a library consortium whose members consist of many local area libraries including the
Worcester Public Library, there was an increase of 34% in checkouts on digital content in member libraries in
2020 over 2019.
In total, there were 1.808 million checkouts on electronic content during 2020.
“We were really pleased to see the usage. 2020 was our highest (digital) check-out ever — 461,000 more,” said
Jeanette Lundgren, executive director of CW MARS, which is at 67 Millbrook St...
While physical circulation in 2020 was down 54% from 2019 — probably largely accountable to the pandemic
— the number of physical books checked out was 5.3 million.
“The year before it was over 11 million,” Lundgren said. On the other hand, 5.3 million is more than 1.808 million
For the complete article go to: Telegram WoMag
Friday, January 29, 2021
Just released this morning. Author Jon Athan posted this on on his Facebook feed with his nice comment about my performance.
WARNING: This this disturbing horror novel contains graphic content. Listener discretion is advised.
If the image is too small or hard to read, he says "Every parents' worst nightmare is brought to life through a hard-hitting performance from Harry Roger Williams III."
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