Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Eng 325: Grammar & Usage
Eng 355: Children's Lit
GS101: Personal Achievement
G A 11 of GS counser [?]

The second one caught my eye, first. "Oh, neat. Someone planning to be a teacher. Or maybe even a librarian!" As I type, I think maybe this student thinks kid lit will be an easy A. I hope it's a good vigorous course, instead.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ref Grunt
Flying solo first 3.5 hours today. (Well, there is a children's librarian, at, you know, the children's desk.)

Large type bestseller found

Steven King

How to log on

Computer classes


Where's my printout?

World War II books

Sill Missing, by Stevens

Janet Evanovich

Computer classes

Seven Days Battle

Rhyming dictionary

Classified section

ILL returned without sticker - oh, no, he just was using "DO NOT REMOVE THIS STICKER" as a bookmark.

Read him three horoscopes

Self help books by a particular author - why they aren't all next to each other on the shelf

Oooh, you're saying Mysteries are in a different section

ILL a Quentin Tarantino movie?

Can we ILL a text book?

etc., etc.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Library Found

w kick Jump
Power VPE
Speciad Allerk
A Kicks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I was a little embarrassed to learn the other day that Callao is not just a crossroads town on the Northern Neck, it's also an important Peruvian city. I'm pretty sure I learned this from Jeopardy, and I'm certain it wasn't pronounced like the Virginia town of the same name.

I'd always wondered about the town name, and figured it was a family name, or maybe an Indian word. According to The Heritage of Virginia: The Story of Place Names in the Old Dominion, by James Hagemann (Norfolk, Va. : the Donning Company, 1986), the first instinct was closer. A new postmaster, Jacob H. Callaway, wanted to name the place for himself, but Franklin County already had a Callaway, so Callao was his second pick. The brief entry doesn't suggest that he knew the Peruvian city. Mystery therefore only half-solved.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Candy Heart

For the last 10 - egad, that long?! - maroon has been my "official" Christmas color, and that's one of the reasons I hunt around for these Brach's goodies every year.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Falling Behind my Creativity Schedule!

Unless this counts? I followed both folding directions and a template -- oh, and M helped by printing the pie wedges the right size -- so I wasn't creative. But I was "crafty." And I had fun! So there.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Test Drive

Phusband and I have work's iPad to test-drive. It doesn't much like the wireless at home -- neither do our iPod Touches-- so I took it out for breakfast at Stir Crazy. This is now the most I have typed on it or the Touch, and it's slow going!

I have been pretty happy, however, with the reading experience. I used Google books to download a free copy of James's Portrait of a Lady, and have been happy reading it in a chair or on bed. Google books seems to have its flaws. I'd guess the books have been scanned in, and so the occasional typo or missing space between words appears. This morning, after P left to do his 6 -8 a.m. radio show, I tried it in "night" mode, which was white letters on black, for reading without the light. Could be the bifocals or any number of other things, but I did
N't love the black-with-white letters, so I went back to the regular mode. Mission accomplished: I fell back asleep after ten or so pages. I turned it off, but I guess it would have timed out.

This morning, it' allowing for the perfect amount of pre-errand list making, FB checks and this "quick" blogging.

Using this is making me appreciate more that link Tina posted - let's see about hyperlinking to it.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Fit Libraries Are Future Proof"

by Steven Bell (American Libraries, October 2010. online here)

To thrive / survive in our fast-changing times, he offers 12 "fitness" steps. Ones I want to try/use:

- engage the user, as in roaming ref, being in the community
- fix what's broken: "make finding and fixing what [day-to-day services are] broken part of our routine operations" "Would you patronize a retail operation where many things failed on a regular basis?" No, of course I don't. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Verizon. And you, work photocopier!
- master adaptability
- keep up
- create passionate users - How can I nurture TAB to advocate library use to their peers?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

More Fashion

Beautiful peacock-blue cashemere(?) sweater, nice black pants -- and a sizable black vinyl fanny pack worn more-or-less centered on her tummy.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

A light dusting of snow fell in Capital City last night!