eBooks, Magazines, Music and more at Chandler Public Library

As the holidays approach there is a good chance you might give or receive an iPad, Nook or Kindle. That fresh little hottie is gonna need some content. Did you know that the Chandler Public Library offers content for these devices for check out, just like physical books?

eReader assistance 2013 a eBooks, Magazines, Music and more at Chandler Public Library

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That’s right your Chandler Public Library card gives you access to thousands of e-books, including fiction, non-fiction, young-adult and children’s titles (plus audio books). Using service like Overdrive, TumbleBooks and Axis 360.

“While many of our customers may not be as familiar with Axis 360, they are pleasantly surprised at the number of new and current titles that are available to download. There is really something for everyone on this platform,” said Rosanna Johnson, a spokesperson for the library.

Don’t like to read books, but love magazines. They have those digitally through Zinio. The Library offers over 300 popular magazines to download including Us Weekly, Consumer Reports, The Economist, Newsweek and Arizona Highways. There are also specialized magazines for car enthusiasts, woodworkers, cooks, and more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides and other reference guides are available for downloading through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. “The Eyewitness Travel Guides are high quality and provide thorough detail that can really add to someone’s travel experience, especially if they can download it right onto their tablet and easily access it on their trip,” adds Johnson.

In addition to reading material, cardholders can access free music downloads with Freegal and online language courses through Mango Languages. Freegal offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, ranging for current hits to show tunes to ethnic genres.

With Mango, you learn grammar, vocabulary, and basic conversational phrases through their basic flashcard system. These resources can be accessed through software applications, or apps, that are available through the Apple iTunes store and Google Play store.

Get out there and rediscover what your library can do for you.

Chandler Community Meeting Notes 12/11

Community Meeting Notes 12/11/2013
By: Jeremy S.

START 4:11

NOTE: There were no meetings on 11/27 or 12/4.

Discussion on Email Discussion Groups: There is a general concern with some of the content recently discussed on the email group “chandler-community”.  It put us in a bad light, both in general, when certain people post things that can damage our outward facing community.  We affirmed that we purposely created an open discussion group for transparency and it shouldn’t represent us widely or individually when someone says something dumb, but we admit it can still happen.  That said, we unanimously agreed to remove the topic in question from our public archive, despite being anti-censorship and aiming for transparency.

We feel there are better ways to engage newer members of our community and feel the discussion group should be tailored for people very active.  We should introduce new people to “less-intense” options.  We know for a small period of time new people were welcomed to the group.

We recommend temporarily suspending the group until a solution could be found.

Dessert Potluck Next Week: Next week is the holiday dessert potluck, in lieu of the brownbag.

Brownbags Update: Jenny from Hiring Solved reports that we are scheduled until 3/5 on Brown Bags.  We have had some great Brown Bags this fall and hope to keep up the good work.

END: 4:35PM

 

Chandler Startup Weekend Recap

On November 15th, 2013 Gangplank Chandler held our 4th Startup Weekend. It was full of good pitches, hard work, good food, and a lot of fun. We started off the night by welcoming back Katie Hurst as our Startup Weekend facilitator. We had 28 pitches on friday night and ended up with nine teams formed.

The ideas ranged from video games Wiblits (free mobile and online one minute, multi-player, social games) and Zombieplank (a mobile augmented reality and geolocation app to fight off zombies in Gangplank) to a medical imaging scoring system that creates a “pay relative to performance model” for insurance companies (RadiUp). We also had an educational mobile video game to help improve test scores and change the culture about learning for kids (To Learn is Human) and an online recruiting tool to help American college students find employment around the world (Campus to Compass). And a subscription-based online custom market place for audiobook enthusiasts (Audissey).

Many of our meals were donated by some of our Sponsors. Marketing Press provided breakfast each day and the coffee came from ProvisionCoffee.com. Saturday’s lunch was Gangplanks famous Startup BBQ provided by Brian LaFrance and Authority Labs. Jeff Weninger provided us with Floridino’s pizza and helped multiple teams with customer validation. As a local restaurant owner, Jeff helped Local Dish (an online and mobile application meal planning platform). And as a Chandler City Council member Jeff was able to help ForUs, an online platform to help local candidates build a custom, full-featured web, social media and donation site for their campaigns.

With Vintage 95 catering sunday night we had a packed house for the final pitches. Our judges, Eric Schedeler, Troy Busot, and Kyle Stewart had a tough decision to make to choose the winner. Cam Easy, a B2B SaaS-based software program designed to replace outdated CAM software and spreadsheets used by property management firms, took the win. Overall, it was a successful weekend. Thank you to our many sponsors and volunteers, especially Pagely.com.

We are already starting to plan the 5th Gangplank Startup Weekend. If you are interested in helping or sponsoring, contact Trish Gillam at trish@gangplankhq.com.

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Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday December 7th, in Downtown Chandler, the 24th annual Parade of Lights followed by the 57th Tumbleweed Tree Lighting will take place. More than 12,000 people are expected to join Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council kick off the holiday season.

The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of musical and dance entertainment, inflatables and fun activities for children, and visits with Santa Claus in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be pony rides, a display of unique movie-theme inspired cars, and people can get their photo taken in a life-size Human Snow Globe.

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Life Size Snow Globe

The Parade of Lights begins at 7 p.m. and this year’s parade route will start at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road. The festive floats and other entries will move north on Arizona Avenue, past Chandler City Hall and continue through the downtown area. As it reaches the north end of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park the procession will turn right on Buffalo Street, followed by another right turn onto Arizona Place. After moving along the east side of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the parade will end at the corner of Boston Street and Arizona Place.

At the conclusion of the parade (approximately 8 p.m.), guests are invited to gather around the Tumbleweed Tree in the center of the park on the west side of Arizona Avenue for the lighting ceremony.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS
Guests attending the event are strongly encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including two parking garages on the east side of Arizona Avenue, and several surface lots. Due to the expanded parade route, the Chandler City Hall parking garage at Washington Street north of Frye Road will be open prior to 6:30 p.m. and re-open after 8:30 p.m. Exiting this garage will be prohibited while the Parade of Lights is taking place..

Residents are reminded that Arizona Avenue will be closed between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Frye Road will also be restricted from Arizona Avenue east to Delaware Street from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Several other smaller streets in the downtown area will also be closed or restricted during the festivities.

A map showing street closures and parking options, including parking for the disabled, will be available one week prior to the event online at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.

Jay Tibshraeny Municipal Leader of the Year

jay Jay Tibshraeny Municipal Leader of the Year

American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year.

“Mayor Tibshraeny proves that through foresight and endurance, America’s local leaders can help overcome their community’s problems,” said Bill Wolpin, Editor, American City & County Magazine. “His story is worth sharing in the hopes that others will become inspired.”

Mayor Tibshraeny has been at the forefront of the economic development push in Chandler preserving Price Corridor.  This corridor is the a major employment corridor and is attracting some of the best high wage technology jobs in the state.

It is home to the likes of  Intel, Bank of America, PayPal, Microchip Technologies, Orbital Sciences, Rogers Corporation and Wells Fargo. This year, General Motors, Infusionsoft and Nationstar have moved in.

“Chandler is a leader in the region in job creation and today the Price Corridor is home to an impressive roster of companies,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This success validates our efforts to protect the area from residential encroachment. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the area as Chandler is now recognized as a premier innovation and technology hub throughout the Southwest.”

Mayor Tibshraeny is a supporter of Gangplank, Downtown redevelopment and pushing for city wide initiatives to create healthier communities, stronger neighborhoods, boost education and re-imagine ailing shopping corners.

Jay,

Go Jay go!  We are proud to be in Chandler and have you at the helm.

– Love Gangplank

Chandler Community Meeting Notes 11/20

Chandler Community Meeting Notes 11/20/2013
By: Jeremy S.

START 4:08PM

  • General Thoughts on Goal of Meeting.  We like the open general update and communication aspect (of old format, pre-Initiatives check in).  We also liked the “lets focus and have a goal for meetings.”  We didn’t like the “lets turn some meetings into a project meeting”.  So we stated a goal that our meetings should allow for open general discussion but also allow for us to plan out some specific long-reaching discussions too.
  • Thanksgiving Potluck next Wednesday: Please promote!  People are paramount!  We need a main course dish.  Idea offered to pitch in for a turkey or ham?  Troy B. will coordinate a ham or turkey.  We discussed a problem with food-related events not being cleaned up.  So, for this Potluck, start time is at 12PM, end time is at 2PM.  At that time, everyone will help get cleaned up.
  • Startup Weekend was awesome.  Thanks to everyone for helping out, sponsoring, and being there.  Ben was a great host.  Ben thanks us all.
  • Kids & Gangplank: Last week, a person brought disruptive kids to the Thursday WordPress Meetup Group.  We wanted to remind each other of our stance on Kids at Gangplank.  Kids are welcome here as long they are learning and not disruptive.  This place is first a place for adults to learn and develop business and community.  EXCEPT for Gangplank Jr, when kids are welcome implicitly.  Parents who bring their kids outside of GPJR events are expected to monitor their children and ensure they are not disruptive… if the parents are unable to do so or are not, we fall back to Manifesto item “Friendship over Formality” and personally give the parent feedback and ask them to fix the problem or leave and come back without their children.  We agree we are not helping a situation if we simple complain about it afterwards.
  • Trash Schedule: If your desk moved, so did your trash day.  Refer to map on wall by key rack.  There is a question about when you should do it?  We discussed that this is ideally afternoon time (2PM to 4PM), but whenever it is ideal for your company/pod is okay.  IE: Bonanza Ed is usually off-site in the field during the afternoon… they are okay doing it around lunch since that is when they get here.
  • 2 Things that will make Gangplank Better… go!  More Toys. More People. More participation.  More Money. More Accessibility.  More Education.  More Food.  More Silliness… and more (I couldn’t keep up with the suggestions).

END 4:35 PM

Dangercast #9 – People Over Personalities

Roy van de Water, Clayton Lengel-Zigich, Jade Meskill, and Trish Gillam discuss the Gangplank Manifesto: People over Personalities

Transcript:

Jade Meskill:  Hello, welcome to another episode of the “Dangercast.” We are going to talk about the culture and design of Gangplank. I’m Jade Meskill.

Roy van de Water:  I’m Roy van de Water.

Clayton Lengel‑Zigich:  I’m Clayton Lengel‑Zigich.

Trish Gillam:  I’m Trish Gillam.

Jade:  We are wrapping up our principles of the Agile manifesto. No, of the Gangplank manifesto.

[laughter]

Jade:  We just did the Agile podcast a few minutes ago. We wanted to talk about people over personalities. Who’s ever met any personalities around Gangplank?

Clayton:  I think I’ve seen a few. Usually you overhear them.

Jade:  You overhear them?

[laughter]

Jade:  That’s a good point. I remember when we were talking about this. We had a lot of very strong personalities in Gangplank, especially during the early times when it was this very raw unformed thing.

What we’re really trying to get at here is that we really value all of the people of Gangplank and not just certain personality types, or certain strong personalities that were in the community itself. Really the power lies within the whole community. Have you guys run into a situation where maybe there’s a dominating personality in the room? What effect does that have on a community?

Roy:  I remember we did a podcast with some guests on “Agile Weekly” where we talked about the effect of when you have a certain type of personality in a company. They tend to hire other people that are that same personality. Soon enough you have a company filled with just that personality, and you have this homogeny of opinion, and it starts halting innovation and it starts halting all this other stuff now because everybody is just the same.

Clayton:  I think more than anything with the personalities, especially at Gangplank, it seems to block everyone else out. So you get the one personality, and then there’s like the acolytes that are just trying to follow along. “Well, I kind of like this personality so I’m just going to do what they want,” and it kind of squashes the creativity and some of the new ideas that might have come about.

But they ended up not coming about because that’s not what the personality, or personalities, wanted.

Jade:  What do we do when personalities are starting to get in the way?

Roy:  Tea Party?

Jade:  [laughs] Yeah.

Roy:  I think when…I’m trying to think of examples for Gangplank. But it seems like with the way that we’ve handled that, Gangplank has kind of marginalized the personalities and made it so that it doesn’t matter if you have one. Like, that’s nice and all that you think you have this persona and that you are putting on this act every time you come into the space but that doesn’t matter, we don’t care about that.

I think that has worked pretty well. Some people are obviously pretty persistent with that, and they really try and, “No, you don’t understand, I am a really awesome personality,” and they want to keep going. But emphasizing the egalitarian nature of it all…

Clayton:  That’s a word that’s way outside my vocal range.

[laughter]

Roy:  The idea that you could just pluck anyone out of the Gangplank audience so to speak, and they would be a valid person for almost any task, or any activity you were getting into. It’s not about having the right personalities to do some activity or some event or to start…have an idea. You should be able to pick anyone and ask them their opinion about this, and that’s just as valid as anyone else.

Jade:  I think you’re marginalizing the strong personality who’s trying to disrupt the culture. That is something that we’ve done quite a bit, I think unintentionally. It makes me think back to when we made one of our first terrible mistakes, which was allowing people to have their own private offices.

[laughter]

Jade:  We had some very strong personalities. That was very integral to their participation in Gangplank. They needed to have that private office and private space. We realized how anti‑collaborative that was and really how much it violated our culture, and there were people that wouldn’t give it up.

We didn’t have a good way of resolving any of that conflict at the time, but we certainly started to marginalize those people’s influence and importance. Because, really, they had marginalized themselves, they had locked themselves away from the culture itself. When it finally did come to a head, some people chose not to participate anymore because of that particular issue.

Roy:  I remember that specific example. Being in that office for some reason and thinking, “Am I allowed to be here?” I don’t think I ever really thought that about Gangplank. There was never anywhere in Gangplank that I would have been and thought, “Should I be here?” That even goes for the women’s restroom.

[laughter]

Roy:  There was a point when it was cool to go in the women’s restroom.

Jade:  That’s right, we did call it restroom number two.

Roy:  Exactly.

[laughter]

Roy:  I never felt like that, but here I am sitting in this person’s office and it’s like, this feels weird. I’d never experienced this before.

Jade:  It was very much against the spirit of what we were trying to build. How else have you dealt with difficult or interesting personalities? Oh come on, Trish, I know you’ve got some good stories. Don’t hold out on us.

Trish:  I think some of it’s, as far as dealing with difficult personalities, sometimes it feels like it varies by personality. But more often than not, it feels like it’s really just like they’re trying to push whatever their personality is. It’s letting the rest of the community know that they need to also get their input.

Jade:  I think a lot of times it’s tied to their agenda, right?

Trish:  Right, I was actually thinking, so this kind of relates to [inaudible 06:00] agendas, as well as learning about expertise because what it all reminded me of is that it’s not just about the personality. So anybody can come in and we give you that opportunity to learn, even though you’re not an expert. So, the same kind of idea, the personality doesn’t have to be already this persona of the expert. Anybody else can come in and give that opportunity a try.

Clayton:  It seems to have formed a self correcting situation by virtue of not having the idea of titles and hierarchy. Because if I were to be a personality, I would be a personality for personalities sake, but I wouldn’t have that title to go along with it.

As soon as people get sick of my bullshit, they just stop listening to me and do something else. They don’t have to listen to me because there’s nothing other than them wanting to listen to me that causes them to.

Jade:  So there’s no authority to worry about.

Clayton:  Right.

Jade:  Because it’s not like we’ve gotten rid of personalities. They definitely still exist. Gangplank is not a bland place where everybody’s afraid to be themselves. That definitely doesn’t happen. But you’re right, there’s no advantage to, I guess, embracing some of the darker side of our personalities.

Roy:  Like, you’re going to climb a curtain rail out of here? The only way to do that is by getting people to actually like you and the only way to do that is by being vulnerable and your genuine self.

Jade:  Right, and by participating and doing and following all the other parts of the manifesto that come into play. I think that’s the interesting thing about the manifesto. All the values really do reinforce each other. They’re very highly dependent on each other.

What do you think about…When we talk about people, lets switch to the people side of the equation…

Roy:  You mean resources?

Jade:  Yes, human resources.

[laughter]

Jade:  How does Gangplank value people? What does that mean to you?

Clayton:  I like what Trish was saying about anyone can come in and learn expert stuff. One of the ways I see that Gangplank values people is just by the sheer fact that literally people that just wander in off the street and they get engaged in some conversation, or they talk to somebody about something they’re interested in.

I feel like that’s a very core human type thing of seeking connection and making a connection with another person.

That’s one of the ways I think is probably the most powerful, and it’s so easy to do. I think people get so worried about coming into Gangplank, and who am I going to talk to, and what am I going to say, and do I fit in.

I’ve seen so many times when people just show up and, even their first time, and 10 minutes into it, they stumble onto some conversation the third or fourth person they made a connection with, and now they’re talking about something they really care about. I think even just having that makes such a big difference. I think that’s a great representation of the people aspect.

Trish:  We were talking earlier today, it came up in the community meeting people. It seems like everyone else liked the idea of a directory, and one of the things I was pointing about with the directory of, for me with Gangplank people walk in the door and you don’t know, are they the CEO of some huge company, or are they currently without a job.

One of the cool things for me with Gangplank is that people have to choose a person. They don’t know…a few minutes have a look at their LinkedIn profile. But typically they don’t know what you’re advertising yourself as, and really people just approach you as a person They may find later that you have a certain title or you have certain assets that can help them. But from the start, it’s just a conversation with another person.

Jade:  Some of the proudest moments I’ve seen is when we’ve had one guy who is mentally handicapped kind thug that lives in the rough neighborhood behind Gangplank Chandler. He came in and people were very wary of what he was doing here. But some of the more interesting personalities at Gangplank really embraced him and treated him like a real person, and tried to help him out and did a bunch of things for him.

I thought that was a really cool thing to see. That really no matter what, you don’t have to be a geek, you don’t have to have money, you don’t really have to have really anything, and people will still treat you like a real genuine human being around here.

Clayton:  One of my favorite stories like that was the time when I heard there was two people about how they had to get to Tucson but their car broke down, or they didn’t have a ride or something, and they had to go that night. Someone else in the space shouted out, “Is anybody going to Tucson later?” and some random guy raises his hand. “Will you give him a ride?” the guy was like, “Sure!”

[laughter]

Clayton:  So just stuff like that, here’s this connection. I don’t know where else you could facilitate something like that, where people wouldn’t think that you were totally nuts. But in this space, that made sense. That’s a totally legit thing to do.

Jade:  Anything else on people and personalities? I think we’re going to wrap up this discussion of the values of the Gangplank manifesto. Join us next week on the Dangercast.

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