Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Libraries and Parables


After reading Rudolpho Anaya's piece on One Million Volumes, it makes us wonder about our own libraries and how we use them today. Write a few short sentences about what your think of your local library. Do you have fond memories of it? If so, share one here.

Our second selection this week is Leo Tolstoy's parables: How Much Land Does a Man Need?. Although this takes place in Russia, a long time ago, we can draw co-relations to today's society. Examine how wee compete with people who may be on TV, in the media or our neighbors. How might you feel forced to "keep up with the Jones'", by pushing yourself to an early grave? Do you have advice for Pahom, and the Pahom's of this generation? If so, add it here.

10 comments:

  1. Libraries and Parables

    The local library near me has really interesting books, helpful workers, and a quiet, positive working environment. The most memorable moment i have had during my time spent at the library contains a very positive mood set to it. I remember that I had been assigned to read a book for english class. This book had to be a certain type, a certain length, and a certain message sent out by it. I was not very excited to look for it, but the librarians helped me get a book, they also made sure it was appealing to my tastes and that I surely would, read it. They explained to me the main idea, which expressed their passion for reading and their experience in book ideas, having they can tell by your personality and your tastes.
    I think that, to some extent, we motivate ourselves to keep up with the latest technology and trends. For example, if a new iPod releases, many consumers would buy it. With their purchase, they may brag to other people, and they may be tempted to buy the product. It is in my understanding that we, as human beings, are motivated to keep up with everyone else, trend wise at least. If you do not, you may be cast out of conversations or groups, resulting in a less enjoyable life. This can also show that subliminal messages may be more effective than full-out advertising. As this is done, word of mouth may also have a more effective take on advertising. This is why commercial product companies sponsor people. They want to get the word out to the world what a product does and how it may affect you if you purchase it by releasing it to famous Internet video websites, or maybe even friends of yours.

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  2. Libraries & Parables:
    Today, we don’t find the local libraries as useful as before. Unlike back then, people would depend on books before technology. Technology is the main resource we now use.
    It runs faster and it’s also easier to use. If we need to look up something we get on a computer and we have hundreds of information about that topic. In books, we need to take our time to look for the right one. Computers provide with so much more a library can’t. Its good for those who love to read and actually use the library as a resource and find it interesting, but technology is what the world now depends on.

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  3. In my opinion, I think the local libraries today are still a very useful and resourceful place. Even though technology and the Internet is here to find information, its not always available to people.
    When I was little my parents used to bring me to the library all the time to read me books and to take some home, hopefully to get me to love books. Now days I go to the library not so often, usually to get some assigned books and once in a while a book to read just for fun. In the end, libraries are still very useful today.

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  4. Alejandro/5 said...October 20, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Libraries and Parables
    The library I go to has only a couple of people working there because the librarie is small. Its quite and the people are very helpful. They also have many resources such as computers, movies, magazines, and comic books. One memorable memorie I have is when they had movie night. They would show variety of movies and they would give free popcorn.
    People now a days keep up with latest technology with tv's, computers, and ads the companies put. Also people keep up with the latest technology through communication methods such as facebook and twitter.Do to this people are not left out of the latest technology therefore people wont feel excluded from the advances in gadgets that there will be in the future.

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  5. libraries were not useful back then because they didn't have good computers and you would have to check out a book only if you knew the author's name. However I would say that library's are very useful . when i was young my parents would bring me to the library everyday to read book and until this day i still go the library everyday to do my homework . libraries can be very useful to people the are interested.

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  6. My local library is a friendly, serious, and very welcoming place. It is a place were anyone is welcome to borrow books, magazines, and other media for free. They offer quiet places to work in peace, as well as computers to send emails, print out school projects, etc. There's even a designated area for children to play, read picture books, and draw while their siblings/parents can work unburdened.

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  7. What i think the purpose of putting smiley faces at the end of the sentences. Is because it indicates how the person is feeling. If he or she is feeling sad, happy or excited ect..

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  8. A librarie is a place where you can go to find help and find some peace and quiet for your thinking.Eventhough the local librarie i have is not that much quiet i could still go to find help and research something. Libraries are helpful to many people.I use to hate libraries because i thought it was all abuot books and books and more books, that was my thinking since i was small.I think it was 3 years ago when i found out libraries where not all about books.One of the reasons i like going to the librarie now is to be away from my house.To mze the librarie was a place i could go to use the computer,look for movies,make friends,get help,do my homework,and more,but hte main reason was to stay away from my house.I have i new perspective towards libraries and i like them..

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  9. Libraries these days are hardly ever used, however they're still used today.Nowadays, libraries is a quiet place,yet accommodating,I still go to a library to either research something or just relax.Some people might even still think its a nerdy place.Today,libraries are not as fairly popular as before.These days everyone is technological,they either go to a computer,IPad,or their fone to reasearch or look something up.Unlike the old days,when libraries were more "useful",today its all about technology.Now these days,only the small children get fascinated when seeing a library.Of course they become fascinated,they're full of imagination,its interesting for them.When they become older ,I guess, in a group of ten I bet not even half of them will be interested in a library anymore.The world today is different, and a library is part of the past,its slowly diminishing away.

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  10. I think libraries are useful when you need it like when you got to do homework.Another reason y is useful when you need a book that you cant find in stores only in the libary.Finaly is useful when you need to find a place for peace.

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