Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Last week I was walking Olga on the high street early in the morning. The sky was clear and the sun was rising, creating an interesting, fiery effect on a distant building. I didn't have my camera with me, so I couldn't take a picture, and since then I haven't been in the right place at the right time...
...until yesterday evening! As I was walking home from work, I saw a similar effect in a second set of buildings on Abbey Road (above). Picture taken!
Yesterday was pretty quiet. Most of my juvenile tormentors weren't in the library at lunchtime; maybe they were put off by my grousing about their M&M's. I hope so. Anyway, I still had plenty to do -- we have a surge of activity now that books checked out for winter break are more than four weeks overdue. I had to suspend a lot of library privileges and send notifications to the kids to get those books back to us.
Last night I attended a webinar by the American Library Association about weeding collections. (This is the best way to get professional development: On the couch, in the evening, with a glass of wine!) As you know, weeding is one of my favorite activities -- removing old, unused or damaged library materials. The webinar was interesting and now I'm motivated to weed more. As the presenter reminded us, it's a constant process! She showed some funny examples of dated books from AwfulLibraryBooks.net -- and as you know, we collect our own bad book covers.
Remember how I tore my pants the other day and ordered an iron-on patch to cover the tear? Well, it arrived. Dave and I don't own an iron (I know, I know) so I took everything to school and used an iron in one of the art rooms to attach the patch. I think it looks quite swank and I'm sure the kids will think it's funny. That's me, the eccentric librarian.