|The pencil sharpener at the City Park Library|
The recent publication and warm reception of the book How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening is a reminder of how important pencil sharpening is in fact, both at Delgado and probably everywhere. It is exciting to see something so basic receiving such careful attention. The book's author, David Rees, keeps the Artisanal Pencil Sharpening website. Reviews of his new book have been published in such publications as The New Yorker and BusinessWeek.
|Pencil shavings at the City Park Library|
A keyword search in the Library Catalog for "pencil" finds nearly 100 items. Some dealing with pencil drawing techniques, others dealing with world trade and manufacturing data pertaining to pencils, and one containing "letters, essays, cartoons, and commentary on how and why to live contraption free in a computer-crazed world" (see book here).
All of this is a welcome reminder, especially at a place like Delgado Community College - whose motto is "education that works" - that the economy is open to craft, creativity, and industriousness.
|City Park Library Circulation Desk with Valerie Mesa-Vega. The pencil sharpener is on the far side by the windows.|