We had a regular patron at the library who was for a long time living with her cats in her car. She was friendly and open about it, so we all knew. When staff members started bringing the situation up to me, asking if there was something we should do, I kept saying we should stay out of it. She hadn’t asked for our help, so we should leave her alone. She did want a library card, though–a stickier issue, since she didn’t have an address, and we aren’t supposed to issue cards to people who don’t have addresses. The … Read the rest
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Earlier today, I was on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson radio show talking with Stephen Cook from the U of R, Deb Ross from KidsOutAndAbout.com, and Tonia Burton from the Central Library about keeping kids’ minds and bodies healthy. You can listen to that conversation here. I really enjoyed the opportunity to do a radio show (a first for me!) and to hear such smart, passionate people talking about something that means a lot to me. I hope you enjoy it, too!… Read the rest
Specifically this piece that fell off the building last weekend:
I’m not really carrying it with me everywhere. I’m using it as a paperweight on my desk.… Read the rest
“Grace means you’re in a different universe from where you had been stuck, when you had absolutely no way to get there on your own.”
-Anne Lamott in “Oh Noraht Noraht” in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
“So–well–I think I grew up questioning the contradictions, as we all do, but finally admiring the way we human beings always manage, however clumsily, to build a footing out of not much, and then dance on it.”
-Natalie Babbitt in “We’re All Mad Here,” Horn Book Magazine (September/October 2004)
Today I am celebrating one year of library directing.
I know, right? That … Read the rest
I was sick and missed a couple days of work before I left on my trip to Chicago, and I really got to missing HPL while I was gone. So even though I got home at 1:00 in the morning, I got myself up mid-morning, did a few chores, and got to work by 1:00pm.
The library was lively and busy, and it was good to be back amid the beautiful chaos.
Then about 5:00, a storm came in. I heard the first rumble of thunder, and I knew it was foreshadowing trouble. Ten minutes later, the lightning and thunder … Read the rest
“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things–trout as well as eternal salvation–come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”
–A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
Today I think I discovered the meaning of life.
I was sick earlier in the week. I lost Monday and Tuesday entirely to a fever, and then I muddled through the rest of the week. Friday I felt as well as I had since before this all began, but I also lost my voice for no … Read the rest
Not so long after I started working at HPL, I was talking to a potential vendor about some work I wanted done and how it fit into some of my long-term goals for the library, and he said, “You’re really ambitious.”
I said, “I think we’re understanding each other.”
I didn’t wind up hiring that guy for that job, but being understood every once in a while balances out the times I have to convince salesmen that I really am the person in charge even though I don’t fit their stereotype of librarian or person in charge. Sometimes I … Read the rest
I’m hoping it opens the hidden Door of Power, which, once we find it, will lead to three trials that, if we are able to successfully complete them, will lead to the Magic Money Tree that only blooms under the light of the gibbous moon when you say the exact right words in Elvish, which, thank J.R.R. Tolkien, is completely in my skill set.
I have to remember to add “Quest for hidden Door of Power” to our strategic plan. Just in case.… Read the rest
I said, “Look like that’s the best book you’ve ever read in your life.”
I said, “Look like you’re having so much fun.”