My iPod, the best present ever!

Ah, what could be better than young love? How about young gadget love! Libraries are all about transformation and discovery, and we regularly enjoy our patrons’ enthusiasm as they discover new ways of experiencing life and culture. This account of one librarian’s thrilling honeymoon with her new iPod will bring back fond memories for some, and perhaps tempt others to take the plunge.  – Editor

image-of-blue-ipod-courtesy-of-mountainbreadDo I feel alive in the 21st century with a new blue iPod Nano, a recent gift! I’ve been jealous for awhile of those people walking around with white earbuds. It’s typical technology, coming with only a few brief instructions pages on that glossy paper. I click to the Apple site, Google some “how do I iPod?!” instructions, and dive in.

I download music from my personal music collection. First Taking the Long Way Home by the Dixie Chicks, then Verdi’s Requiem with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. I grin as my home computer’s cd drive makes that whir-whirring sound. The next adventure is with the audio-ebookLibrary’s digital book collection. I find a biography about Florence Nightingale by Laura E. Richards, and agree with the description that both children and adults would enjoy this short read.

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Oliver Sacks walked my dog this morning

Oliver Sacks has been hanging out on my iPod for a few months. I actually forgot he was there until this morning when I was looking through my podcasts and found his presentation at the Central Library. At one hour and one minute, that’s about the right length for a walk with my hound, Owen.

And let me tell you, those were 61 fascinating minutes spent as Sacks, a neurologist and author, talked about his research and writing for Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

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