7:10 The Society for Creative Anachronism has defied the odds by showing up to use the Henderson Room, a small conference room on this floor. It is almost always booked on Thursday nights, but it's been months since anyone actually showed up to use it. Members of the SCA can easily be identified at a glance, if you are expecting them. They always seem to be enjoying themselves.
It's the first week of no daylight saving time. It was almost too dark to read on my Park Avenue bench by the time my supper hour was over.
I once found an old and worn hardback copy of Waugh's Men at Arms. It had been withdrawn from the U. of Penn. library sometime after 1955, with only 5 date due stamps.
Its cover blurb compares Wilson's Incline Our Hearts to Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time, being the first of five novels that comprise The Lampitt Chronicles. It's a nostalgic and very funny coming-of-age story. If you've been to a boys' school, you will especially enjoy it.
8:06 The SCA leaves down the stairs. Check the room. It's locked, with the lights turned off.
Internet workstations still almost all occupied, but very quiet.
8:30 First closing announcement.
Count & bag change drawer. Police Internet area for discarded reservation slips, golf pencils, broken pens, gum wrappers. Realign tables and chairs in reading area. Turn off catalog PCs by reference collection and in stacks.
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