Blogging Reference

It's another Game Day Saturday, FSU plays NC State at noon.  The weather is overcast and cool.  The vane on the cupola of the old, WPA-built post office, (now a bankruptcy court), is pointing North.

The self-checkout machines are not working.  Not sure what's wrong.  Normally, if the library system is up, they're fine.  I'll try again in a little while.

10:00 Open  Phone:  Rose C. wants to know how to dance the Tarantella.  Don't find a "how-to" right off.  The International Ency. of Dance has good article.  "The figures of the tarantella...may be executed in any order..."  Will mail her the article.  Lots of YouTube videos are out there, but I don't think Rose is a computer person. She sounds quite elderly.  Says they want to put on the dance at an Italian festival in February.  She has a friend who says she knows how to do it, but is too old to actually perform it now.

10:24  The computer reservation system isn't working either.  They're rebooting it.  Our systems people were doing some work overnight.

He's doing a report on several species of rhinoceros.  All I can offer is Grzimek's Animal Ency., our reliable fall-back.

There, do you see?  I've use two print reference works in the last 30 minutes, and was glad to have them!

DC says all working now.

Old woman with no teeth wants a telephone book, wants to know if tote bag at Florida Dept. of Health "Food Safety and Temperature Control" display is free to take.  Yes.

Phone:  R. has bought me a sandwich at Crispers, is about to bring it.

Copy tarantella article to mail.  Also mailing haiku poem, Springtime in Edo, to Ann P.  Was published 2006 in Japan in a limited ed., but no libraries own it, so can't ILL it.  Poem commemorating 300th anniv. of death of Kikaku, disciple of Basho.  Found it online in the journal, Simply Haiku.

Today's paper?  Sorry, was not delivered this morn.  Takes Friday's.  We've called the delivery man, should be here later.

11:36  Quiet.  Here's the deputy.  A little schmooze.

Process some requests.

Phone:  number for Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood in St. Louis.

Phone:  She wants video, Helping Your Child Sleep Thought the Night.  Not on file.  Try author search.  No.  Is she sure?  She checks, it's Baby, not Child.  Yes, is on shelf, transfer her to Media desk.

12:11  Lunch.

12:59  SE gone to lunch, DC sitting with me at the desk.  It's cleared some outside.  Sunny and still cool, a perfect day for a game.

Quiet, do some requests.
Explosive Eighteen, place hold.
Smokin' Seventeen, place hold.
Ego, Hunger and Aggression by Frederick Perls, place hold.

Today's paper?  Don't have it yet.

Phone:  how to renew her books with the new catalog.

He wants books on the mysteries of the pyramids.  Have several, take to shelf.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, place hold.

Magic Graves by Jeanine Frost & Ilona Andrews; is e-book only, can't supply.

Two ladies, elder mom & middle-aged daughter want Kill Shot by Vince Flynn.  Release date is Feb. '12, but can place request.  Also want to know about getting library e-books on Kindle.

Can he get PC 64 again?  No, give him another.

His computer shut off on him.  Give him another.

Where does this computer print from?

Curran by Ilona Andrews; is e-book only, but send her link for free download.

Fathers and Sons by Ilona Andrews; is e-book only, but send her link for free download.

On Sparrow Hill by Maureen Lang.  Send to Purchase/ILL.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly, place hold.

Break a $5 for Gene the Englishman.

PC for James.

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson, place hold.

Sweet Sanctuary by Sheila Walsh, send to Purchase/ILL.

Phone:  ILL renewal request for The Chief: Art Rooney and his Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pale, mumbling high school boy wants something about the "end of days"  The end of days?  "The popolips", he elaborates.  Ah, the Apocalypse.  We look at several titles, and he settles on Tim LaHaye's Are We Living In The End-Times?

She's writing a report on the Wesley brothers and the Methodist reforms.  Give her a biography of John Wesley.  All of our books on Methodism are on its history in the United States.

Copier is out of paper.

She wants Halloween Cookbooks.  Surprised to find hardly anything in the catalog.

Fade to Blue by Julie Carobini, place hold.

The Herodian dynasty, show him entry in Ency. Judaica and v. 2 of Graetz's History of the Jews.

There's a problem with a woman's place on the reserve list for a book.  She is sure she was next in line, and now she's number 64.  She's upset.  Call Super to hear her story.

PC for Eric.

Phone:  it's DT in Youth Services.  Is Super still there?  No, she's gone away now.

3:16   PC for Dexter.

Facing the Giants by Alex Kendrick, send to Purchase/ILL.

Courageous by Randy Alcorn, send to Purchase/ILL.

PC for Jim.  He can't believe they are supposed to get snow in the NE.  And they just had a hurricane not long ago, I add.

Born to Die by Lisa Jackson, place hold,

PC's for Andrew, Marcus.

Where are vegetarian cookbooks?  Take her to shelf.  She has been diagnosed with gout, she says, and can only eat four ounces of meat per day.  What else is there, she wonders?

Do we have today's paper yet?  Sorry, no.  Takes USA Today instead.

Hush by Nancy Bush, send to Purchase/ILL.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, place hold.

Where can she get library card?

He says the urinal's not working in the men's room.  Seems ok.  It flushes somewhat weakly, and complaints are not unusual.

Make copy for him from the World Aircraft Ency.

Standing Against the Wind by Martha Lou Peritti, place hold.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, place hold.

Mudroom by Hillary Jordan, must mean Mudbound, place hold.

World Aircraft boy:  may he take scrap paper home to make paper plane models?  Yes.

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, place hold.

The School of the Seers: A Practical Guide on How to See in the Unseen Realm by Jonathan Welton, send to Purchase/ILL.

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, standing order author, send to Purchase.

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult, standing order author, send to Purchase.

4:17  He wants books on "corporate governance, boards of directors."  Show him business management section.

Where can she get a library card?

One Summer by David Baldacci, place hold.

The Book of Mahjong by Amy Lo, send to ILL.

Show her how to renew materials online.

Show her the quilting section.

30 min. to closing.  Signing off.


Ilona Andrews said...

Dear Brett,

If your library has an e-book lending system, we will be happy to provide complimentary copies of any of our self-published titles to the library in the format of your choice. :)

My email is ilona dot a dot gordon at gmail. It costs me absolutely nothing to provide you with the files. I'd be happy to do it.

Brett said...

Thanks for your offer. I'm amazed that you commented here!

Like many other public libraries, we provide e-books via OverDrive, and don't purchase them directly from publishers. Nor do we store them on our own servers.

I suppose you could offer your free e-books to OverDrive, on the condition that they be made available at no cost to libraries.