A flurry of requests this a.m. for Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, whose PBS program, "3 Steps to Incredible Health!" has been broadcast.
Also a lot of interest this week in Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, edited by Caroline Kennedy and Michael Beschloss. It's being heavily promoted, Caroline Kennedy appearing on The Daily Show:
MC groaned when I mentioned the requests. It is a slipcased book/8-CD set, a fragile format for libraries, and pricey at $60.
He wants books about African Americans in television. Couple of titles by Donald Bogle, Blacks in American Film and Television: an encyclopedia and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television.
Someone donated a box of new-ish poetry, all published by the local Anhinga Press. Maybe we can use some of them.
11:44 Made a round of the second floor. Still quiet. Came back to find E. the retired cataloger telling SE about his e-book reader again. He's just thrilled with it.
12:40 Back from lunch in the park: a ham & cheese sandwich and The Palace Tiger by Barbara Cleverly. Hoping to get a shot of the blimp, I took my camera, but no.
It's a little busier, but there are still public PC's open. SE goes to eat. I've got the floor to myself for a half hour.
Phone: Anything on flag football? Flag Football by John Ferrell, a YMCA Skills Manual in junior non-fiction. Transfer him to Youth Services.
Young man in garnet & grey FSU hoodie, sleeves pushed up, dyed-purple short mohawk haircut, grown out blond on the rest of his head, pale complexion, stubbly beard.
South Asian man shows me CD set of Dead Watch by John Sandford, wants the book. Take to shelf. "The lady downstairs said I can listen to it in the library. I listen on my own computer", (patting his bag). He goes to a carrel. Must be learning English.
Woman wants information about parking in our auxiliary lot for jury duty.
Process some requests:
Working South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte. New, 2nd request for this. Send to purchase.
The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens. We own, place hold.
The Race by Clive Cussler. We own, place hold.
The Lazy Couponer: How to Save $25,000 Per Year in Just 45 Minutes Per Week... by Janie Chase. New, send to purchase.
Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President by Ron Suskind. New, send to purchase.
Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child's Natural Abilities -- From the Very Start by Magda Gerber. 1997, send to interlibrary loan.
Walk-up: Martha S. wants Isak Dinesen: the life of a storyteller by Judith Thurman, and From Where You Dream: the process of writing fiction by Robert Olen Butler. Place holds.
He needs help finding his computer, signing on. Then requests Astronomical Papers of the American Ephemeris by S. Newcomb, (1888), and Gravitation and Cosmology: Principles and Applications of the General Theory of Relativity by S. Weinberg. Send to ILL.
Edwin asks how I am doing, reserves a computer.
2:15 Still no rush.
He wants to find the name of a doctor who treated his wife 15 years ago. Show him the old city directories and telephone books.
CD stops in with his "super awesome dog". He is our Adult Services game-goer.
Printer is printing ascii garbage. Cancel job.
Phone: Carolyn from branch, woman coming to get our copy of the Torah. Pull, trap hold, take to circulation desk.
Repair manuals for hybrid cars? Only the Auto Repair Database, no books, I think, but S. finds the Chilton annual volumes for 2010 and gives them to him.
She wants a book about the missionary, David Livingstone. Elspeth Huxley's Livingstone and his African Journeys is available. Take to shelf.
Dad & son pass by heading downstairs. Boy has short hair on top combed up with some kind of gel into a not-very-convincing mohawk look. "Scalp 'em Noles", I guess.
He wants The Executive Dilemma: handling people problems at work by Eliza Collins. Take to shelf.
He wants a book on learning Portuguese. There is nothing on the shelf. He doesn't have a library card, is staying at the homeless shelter, so I can't reserve materials for him that are checked out or at branches.
3:30 An hour and a half to go.
She thinks the copier has taken her dollar. It's on stand-by, wake it up.
Phone: questions about the cast of the television series, The Big Valley. Did Victoria Barkley ever get married on the show? According to Wikipedia, her husband died six years before the series begins, but I don't have information about whether she might have been engaged or married later.
This happens a lot. People are at home, watching television, and they get to wondering about the show they are watching. I most often get questions about soap opera episodes.
Woman asks to see Consumer Reports on cars. Show her the annual April car issue.
Torah Woman is here, wonders if The Torah: a modern commentary by Gunther W. Plaut can be checked out. No, is a reference book. She takes it to a table to read.
Phone: The Big Valley again. She saw the name Eugene Barkley in the credits, who was he? According to Wikipedia, for what it's worth, (no citation): "The youngest Barkley son was Eugene, a medical student studying at Berkeley, played by Charles Briles...He was seen sporadically in only seven first season episodes and then written out... In real life Briles was drafted and sent off to Vietnam."
4:19 Park Avenue is lined with cars of game attendees heading to the stadium on foot. The game is at eight.
Phone: Ann P. wants Deviant Children Grow Up by Lee N. Robins and High Risk: Children Without Conscience by Ken Magid. Don't own, create requests with delivery at the Parkway branch.
4:52 Finally got our rush at 4:40. That's it for today!