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An immovable feast
At the library, we're accustomed to folks looking less confused after we provide an answer. Last Wednesday, however, our response seemed to generate more questions. We'd publicized our annual City employees' lunch in the usual ways, but a...
You can never have too much candy--or knowledge
I awoke today in a state of terror, which, given that it's October 31, sounds appropriate. Potential visitation by hordes of zombies, ghouls, and sparkly princesses doesn't frighten me. (Running of out treats would be ghastly, but I always overstock...
Words of a feather
If you're lucky enough to enjoy windows and natural light at work, you appreciate any vista from the world beyond fluorescent ceilings. A couple of days ago, a colleague pointed out an especially wonderful sight. Parked across the street sat a spacious...
I'm with the banned
Even serious topics like Banned Books Week (9/24-10/1 this year) lend their share of humor. A fellow librarian at Saturday's book group reported that some customers responded to her Banned Books display with a horrified, "I didn't know these...
All hat and no titles
"What are you, Queen for a Day ?" The customer was puzzled. Granted, my accessory choice for yesterday--a silver plastic tiara--may have been ill-chosen; other responses included "Aww, is it your birthday?", "Theeeere she is....
Keys to the city include control, alt, and delete
You've heard the same travel advice I have: take along a supply of water to prevent dehydration on a long flight; make photocopies of your passport; allow an extra hour at the airport for international trips, etc. I followed most of it, too, though...
They who must not be named
Just a guess: at some point during the past couple of weeks, has anyone at your workplace encouraged you to "think outside the box"? That phrase could become tedious if it weren't such excellent advice. It's not just about inventing...
1G mindsets in a 4G world
Amid last Friday's speculations about Hurricane Irene's intentions, a library customer and I applauded the spirit of those valiant New Yorkers. We chuckled at one homeowner's "Good Night, Irene" signboard. I've since wondered...
Please have a doughnut and take me to your leader
Recently, my husband was startled to witness our phone announcing "call from City of Urrrr". A co-worker was attempting to reach me, thus the voice phonetically pronounced "City of RR". We agreed that City of Urr would be a great science...
Name calling at its best
To counter envy of acquaintances employed by for-profit companies (and thus eligible for glamorous productivity incentives like Hawaiian vacations and cars) let's reflect on unique perks of working at a nonprofit institution--say, a library. Besides...
It is what it is--perhaps
Did you ever nominate a book for your reading club, then panic when it's chosen? If so, you understand my qualms about Saturday's meeting. Larry Beinhart 's The Librarian seemed an ideal choice when submitted; suddenly I could foresee my taste...
Out of control
Approaching the reference desk earlier this week, the customer hesitated and did a quick left-and-right visual check before asking, "You're really controlling the whole system from right here, aren't you?" If you're familiar with...
A laughing matter, and one that isn't
Not to give away secrets of our cul-de-sac, but I bet ours is not the only House Divided. I refer, naturally, to lawn maintenance. My husband selects the crew cut style, resulting in a sleeker look and ensuring the longest possible interval between sessions...
Why the green stuff is so important
Today's shuttle launch coverage echoes back thirty years; the first space shuttle flight headed skyward in April 1981. We know what NASA was doing then, but what about the rest of us? Flashdance didn't screen until 1983, so we weren't sporting...
Surprising alternative to sand castles*
Earlier this week, a library patron stopped by the reference desk to execute the perfect 30-second book review. He displayed the actual product, cover facing out (good for us visual learners) and swiftly encapsulated its appeal: it's a mystery that...
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