2010/10/09

Blogging Reference: The Title Wave and the Big Read.

There's a lot going on today, here at the library and elsewhere:  the annual Title Wave book sale is happening in the garage downstairs, the library is kicking off its Big Read event, and a few blocks away in Bloxham Park, the Asian Festival is happening.

This years Big Read features Tim O'Brien's classic novel of the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried.

10:00  Open.  She wants The Things They Carried.

10:17  Yow, slammed.

10:29  Ok, let's see.  Helped woman on crutches find Japanese cookbooks, got pencil sharpener working for man.  Chatted with retired colleague RK, who had donations for us, took a call from Mr. L to check his info for "Fellowship@Midway Church".

10:39  I'm tired already!  Heavy lifting with man getting his first e-mail account at CenturyLink in order to apply for something else that requires an e-mail address.  Fortunately, he had his account number.

11:00  All right, I'm ready... to go home now.

11:23  Hopeless...

11:44  Took some pics of the Big Read Kick-Off.  Go to the album for captions.


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History Fair kids w dad, Bus Boycott, Prohibition.

12:00  Lunch

1:00  Herv√© asks about special Mind supplement to Scientific American he heard about.  Actually is separate publication, Scientific American MIND.

MK gone to lunch.  It's quieted down.

I thought I would try using some of the public PC's we had shut down last week with a mysterious "blue screen" problem.  Not the well-known Microsoft Blue Screen of Death, but a blank blue screen at reboot that seemed related to our PC-Reservation program.  Repeated reboots had been unable to get past those screens last week.

But if it was a network problem, I reasoned, and we had no further incidents w other PC's this week, perhaps they would be all right now.  Three of the affected machines have worked fine so far today.

I looked in on the book sale at lunch.  It was crowded with people.  A photographer was there from the Democrat, interviewing shoppers.


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1:32  Four boys looking for Cuban Missile Crisis.  Several titles on hold, but find some good material on shelf.  L. fetches bound vols. of Time Magazine for them.  L. says mom lived on Homestead AFB at the time, saw President Kennedy there during crisis.

"Where is Germany and Nazis and 1942?", asks woman.  German history? I ask.  "Just show me the area for 1942.  I don't want nuttin' 'bout no German history"  So what are we looking for?  "1942....World War Two"  Show her WWII.

What library hours for today and tomorrow?

Where is Consumer Reports?

GED test prep book.  All copies out, show her Learning Express online.  She's sold, doesn't want book.

Books on local gov't budgetary process.  Find chapter in book on pub. admin.  Turns out she works in budget office, but needs 15 sources for paper.  Suggest Gale search.

L. needs help loading heavy duty stapler.

2:03  I am at satellite desk by non-fiction, leaving main desk to MK and L.  Ahhh.

Cuban Missile boys w mom sit nearby, working on their history fair project.


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Where are Spanish language books to help her daughter?  Show her books, tell her about downloadable Spanish instruction from OverDrive.

Little House on the Prairie books?  Take her down to Junior Fiction, but can't find them!  Ask D., who points us to them.

4:16  This turned out to be the blogpost that crashed and burned.  The surplus of energy and attention that I needed to do this today got used up.  I needed it all to help people.

I'll try again next time.  Thanks all, for reading!

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