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Haunting, but not like Halloween
No disrespect implied, but I've left witches and pumpkins behind, forging ahead to Thanksgiving mode this week. It's all due to Daniel Woodrell. The Maid's Version , his brief but masterfully done novel, was on my Don't Return Home Without...
May the choice be with you
Wish someone had caught this on camera for Youtube. Scene related by reliable witness: an attentive mother and two children (daughter a couple of years older than the son) indicated the selection of puppets available for checkout at the library . "Which...
Betwixt and between
If you're a grownup (especially thirty-plus and a parent/guardian/aunt or uncle) you, too, may have savored a sandwich meal involving no sandwiches. A recent lunch--if that's what you call chugging a homemade smoothie--found me checking emails...
Extra! Extra! Read all about it
That message had no business landing in work email in the first place. I would delete it, but it represents a career path of potential interest to the library's job seekers and vocational explorers. OK, so I'm rationalizing; I kept it because...
Please, thank you, and mine!
Ever worked a customer service desk? Then you're familiar with the Conflicted or I Hate to Bother You, But... Complaint. This nice library patron was even conflicted about the reason. With hands apart, palms up (the universal "this is probably...
Heaven and Hell's Kitchen
"Such an amazing place," the customer observed dreamily. "But I don't suppose I could ever get in." Nice to know that the Book Expo America photos I posted online conveyed the energy and special-ness of the event--noted authors...
Sharing: an Empire State of mind
I don't have a photo of Dr. Ruth on my phone. But the gentleman behind me in the Sue Grafton autograph line at Book Expo America (New York City, last week) does. He'd spotted her in the cavernous Javits Center exhibit hall, asked if she could...
Butch Cassidy and the Goblet of Fire
People are so quick to draw conclusions. So what if The Sting, The Natural, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid top my "10 Best Films List"? I also love Quiz Show and Ordinary People, for which Robert Redford was behind the camera. So there...
Support your local EM
Boinnngggg. You could practically hear last week's topic hitting a nerve, one in-house English major at a time. After I inquired which staffers claimed English as an academic concentration, "No" replies landed in my inbox; "Yes"...
Not that you asked...
Not everyone who works in the library is a librarian (technically, that's only the folks with MLS or MLIS degrees). And among the librarians, library assistants, and library associates in the building, a smaller percentage than you might think were...
Very very very fine houses
This week, I found myself tracking former residences the way some people Google their old flames. Leave 'em and love 'em: that's my motto. Of a dozen former homes, we've owned two. We were fond of them then, but they've acquired nostalgia...
Here's your hat; what's your story?
Like all parents, I ponder the Generational Divide some days more than others. And this week? Well, it occurred to me that J.K. Rowling's great gift to humankind-- the Sorting Hat --might represent the issue nicely. If the hat assigned generational...
Oh, don't be so modest (just be accurate)
The customer isn't always right. On those rare occasions, it's fortunate if someone else has already said so. That's what happened with the recent job hunter who slid his resume across the reference desk, sighed, and related his situation...
The quality of mercy
Not an ardent reader of Science Fiction, I approach it like a child lectured that eating vegetables is a Good Thing and should be undertaken frequently: I'm always glad afterward but rarely pursue the experience. Predictably, when an advance copy...
Never enough awards for "Best Supporting..."
I spotted Wonder Woman in the library a couple of days ago. Or maybe it was Super Mom; there's scarcely any difference. The first clue to her identity was the adorable napping baby nestling in a handmade sling tied jauntily around her shoulders. Without...
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