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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #75: Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin Abbott Abbott

Do you suffer from mathematicaphobia? (Latin for "mathematics" and "intense, abnormal, or illogical fear.") Lots of people dread math; some are pathologically distressed by it. For most people, however, the numerical sciences are (1) simply difficult, (2) perceived as irrelevant to daily lives, (3) frustratingly complex, and/or (4) utterly incomprehensible. "Where's the fun in this?" one student asked in my high school algebra II class. Our teacher was momentarily struck dumb by the question but provided an offhand reply alluding to the "wonders of precision and exactitude" found in mathematical subjects. (I observed a fair dose of sarcasm injected into our teacher's response.)

Anyone looking for fun in math should enjoy the satirical novella Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions, by "A Square" (i.e., Edwin Abbott Abbott [1838-1926]). First published in 1884, Flatland has been a favorite of geometry aficionados for over a century. The book is as much social satire as geometrical instruction--Abbott was a teacher and headmaster of the City of London School between 1865 and 1889, when he retired to full-time literary and theological pursuits--and the prose, albeit 19th century Victorian English, reads well once one becomes accustomed to the cadences.

Our book trailer below hints at the book's plot.

Mathematical sciences (in this instance, geometrical science) can be fun, if one is patient, dedicated to study, and, most importantly, has a good sense of humor. If you are open to new and different ways of thinking, this will be an enlightening and entertaining book to read, and, just maybe, you will discover the fun in math that eluded my high school classmate.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #10: OverDrive Digital Books at MPL

On October 11, 2010, Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) will be joining OverDrive, the online digital books provider, enabling patrons to check-out and download eBooks using their library cards. Our video below highlights the program:

Monday, September 27, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #61 (Revisited): The Treatment Trap, by Rosemary Gibson & Janardan Prasad Singh

On Saturday I spoke with Rosemary Gibson, co-author of The Treatment Trap, which was the subject of an earlier blog, as well as one of our book trailers in August. If you are interested in the book, you should visit the authors' web site at There is a wealth of additional information available on this web site, as well as the authors' Twitter and Facebook accounts. It is definitely worthwhile to take a look.

We reprise our book trailer below:

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Sunday, September 26, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #74: Wrong: Why Experts* Keep Failing Us, by David H. Freedman

I learned at a tender age that it is dangerous to allow others to do your thinking for you. It is a lesson repeatedly taught through life, and we should guard against the tendency toward vicarious decision-making.

Is there really such a danger in forfeiting our duty to think for ourselves? Turn on your television, surf the Internet, listen to talk radio, or read the print media. There is a steady barrage of "experts" advising us to do this or avoid that. "Stop doing something, and start doing something else," we are warned by experts in finance, medicine, science, therapy, education--you name it, there's an "expert" out there who will tell you what to do about it.

The problem is that everything has become so complex and compartmentalized that we feel overwhelmed with the avalanche of available information about every topic. How can we, the average persons, know as much as the "experts" who have (presumably) studied the subjects extensively and possess (supposedly) the academic credentials proving their expertise? There is a strong tendency to defer to "expert opinion," which is constantly reinforced in the media and judicial system.

One only needs visit a courtroom to watch a trial (criminal or civil) to see each side parade its "expert witnesses," each contradicting the other, to discover that "experts" don't have the definitive answers to life's problems. But we are routinely told, in print, on the radio and television, and over the Internet, that "experts" know what's best for us. If we follow their advice, everything will work out fine.

How has that been going for you? Not so good for me, either. David H. Freedman apparently felt likewise, as he explains in his book, Wrong: Why Experts* Keep Failing Us--and How to Know When Not to Trust Them (Boston: Little, Brown 2010). Our book trailer below offers a glimpse of the book's premise:

Freedman gives some good advice how to evaluate "expert" statements to discern their truth (and falsehoods). It is a clarion call to critical thinking. Consider Freedman's analysis and see if it rings true in your own assessment. You can reach your own conclusions. You're smarter than the "experts" (and the powers propping them up) think.

William R. Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Saturday, September 25, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #73: "The Eerie Silence," by Paul Davies

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring "The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence," by Paul Davies (NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) (ISBN 9780547133249).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #9: Book News (Two Soundtrack Versions)

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) offers the online readers' advisory service, BOOK NEWS, through its web site. We offer two program trailers promoting the service, each with a different soundtrack. (Both tracks appear on the 2010 music CD Through Abstract Eyes by Danny Buckley, which is available through the composer's website-- as well as through the library's music page at

Please let us know which version you like best by either (1) casting your "thumbs up" vote on YouTube or (2) adding a comment to this blog. Thanks for listening!

SOUNDTRACK VERSION #1: "Crystal Rain," by Danny Buckley

SOUNDTRACK VERSION #2: "Sleeping in the Rose Garden," by Danny Buckley

Monday, September 20, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #8: MPL "Got Access?" Library Card Business Customer Discount Program

Mooresville Public Library, in partnership with businesses from Mooresville, Indiana and the surrounding vicinity, has, for several years, spearheaded the "Got Access" library card sign-up program for residents of Brown Township (Morgan County) and others eligible for MPL library cards (e.g., local school staff and students, as well as purchasers of the Indiana State Library's PLAC [Public Library Access Card]). As a charter member of the Evergreen Indiana public library consortium, MPL offers Evergreen Indiana library cards (good at any E.I. public Library), in addition to the MPL-only "Got Access" cards (for eligible non-residents of Brown Township).

Library cardholders receive various discounts from participating businesses when they show their library cards at the time of purchase.

The library has prepared this "program video" about the "Got Access" library card program. For further details, please contact the Library at, visit the MPL website at, or call Meghan Adams, MPL Adult Programs Coordinator, at (317) 831-7323.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #7: Wii & Video Gaming in the YAZ

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) offers another program trailer, this time featuring its Friday afternoon Wii & video gaming sessions in the library's Young Adult Zone (YAZ) (3:00-4:45 p.m.). Check the library's calendar at for more details.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

MPL YouTube Channel Playlist: MPL Program Trailers

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) now has a playlist on its YouTube Channel featuring program trailers, which are videos promoting various library programs. To see the videos available on this playlist, click the left and right arrows on the edges of the screen below.

Monday, September 13, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #5: Boys' Adventure Club

The Youth Services Department at Mooresville Public Library features many delightful, engaging, and informative programs for children and young adults. Our "program trailer" below provides one example: the Boys' Adventure Club (grades K-6), which meets monthly. Adventures await! To register, visit our web site calendar at or call Suzanne, Jaymi, or Miriam in Youth Services at (317) 831-7323.

MPL Program Trailer #6: Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Mooresville, IN

Every town has echoes from its past. History is largely the tale of ghosts--facts and folklore about people, places, and things that no longer exist in the same way as before. In a community like Mooresville, Indiana, which has nearly two centuries of history packed away in its attics and cellars, there is much to learn through careful observation.

Take a self-guided walking tour of historical downtown Mooresville, for instance. (That's an imperative, and not a rhetorical, sentence, by the way.) That's what one needs to do to discover the "treasure trove" of intriguing stories available in the old buildings, records, and photographs that comprise the Indiana Room Collection at Mooresville Public Library. Our program trailer below sheds some light on this activity:

Everyone who has ever lived contributed a history that is worth investigating. We probably can't explore them all, but we can take a closer look at the town we call home and learn more about those who have come before to make it the community we know today.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Sunday, September 12, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #4: Booked for Lunch Bunch

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents another "program trailer." This time we feature the library's Booked for Lunch Bunch, a group that meets monthly to discuss selected books. For more information, please contact Kathleen at MPL ( or call (317) 831-7323. Dates are listed on our online calendar at

Friday, September 10, 2010

MPL Program Trailer #3: MPL Computer Software Classes

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents another "program trailer" promoting the library's computer software classes. Visit the MPL web site calendar at, or telephone (317) 831-7323, for dates and times.

MPL Program Trailer #2: MPL Homework Help Center

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents another "program trailer" promoting the library's homework help center.

MPL Program Trailer #1: Murder Mystery Dinners, Oct. 15-16, 2010

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents its first "program trailer" promoting library programs. This one features the MPL Murder Mystery Dinners (Oct. 15-16, 2010).

Registration is required. Please visit the library's web site calendar at to sign-up.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Thursday, September 9, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #72: Fear of the Animal Planet, by Jason Hribal

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance, by Jason Hribal (AK Press, 2010) (ISBN 9781849350266).

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MPL "Banned Books Week 2010" Display

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) already has its 2010 banned books display up and ready to read! This year, Banned Books Week is Sept. 25 through Oct. 2, 2010. Select a banned book of your choice to read. You have the freedom to choose! Protect it by exercising your right to read what you want.

MPL Book Trailer #71B: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, edited by Miller, Vandome & McBrewster

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring "Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt," edited by Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster (Alphascript Publishing, 2010) (ISBN 9786130711962).

Monday, September 6, 2010

MPL Book Trailer #70: The Incredible Shrinking Man, by Richard Matheson

Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring the sci-fi classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man, by Richard Matheson. First published in 1956 as The Shrinking Man, it was adapted into a motion picture in 1957 using the "incredible" title. Subsequent editions of the book were renamed to match the movie title. Matheson later made a similar title revision with his novel, Bid Time Return (1975), which was renamed Somewhere in Time (1980) when the movie adaptation was released, and the novel bore the movie name thereafter.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Sunday, September 5, 2010

MPL "Banned Books Week 2010" Video

Banned Books Week is Sept. 25 through Oct. 2, 2010. We offer our video below to encourage viewers to fight censorship by reading the banned book of your choice. Visit your favorite library today to check-out what you want to read. Like all freedoms, this, too, can be taken away by those who wish to control the information we receive. Let no one curtail your right to think for yourself.

Bill Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

Friday, September 3, 2010

MPL "Banned Book" Trailers (Videos): MPL YouTube Playlist

As Banned Book Week approaches (Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, 2010), we offer a playlist of some of our book trailers featuring "banned books."

This nation was founded upon fundamental rights such as freedom of speech. Don't let that freedom be stripped from our pantheon of civil rights. Fight censorship! Read a "banned book" today. Make up your own minds about what is "right and proper" for you to read. Your mind is your sovereign domain; let no one eclipse your right to think, know, and learn.

William R. Buckley, J.D.
MPL Indiana Room Librarian

MPL Book Trailer #69: The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks (Brock Cole, Illus.)

In anticipation of Banned Books Week (Sept. 25 to Oct. 2, 2010), Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana) presents a book trailer featuring the children's classic, The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks; illustrated by Brock Cole. The target audience is ages 9-12, although adults should enjoy reading the novel, both to themselves and to younger children.

We will be showcasing other banned books this month in our blog. Watch for our book trailers, which are available on YouTube (