32 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 4-16-2016

  1. Yeah, quit not returning the books because you’re embarrassed, jerks. Other people want to read them. And I’m sick of purchasing a new one to find you’ve returned it six months late and one day after the order shipped.

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    1. Well, authors are happy you bought more, so there’s that.

      Which reminds me, anybody who’s feeling guilty for using the library instead of a buying a book to help authors, stop. Library sales are hugely important for authors, and libraries won’t buy if you don’t take the books out. So get that library card and go read books (and so much more) for free; authors will be very grateful.

      But yeah, don’t keep them, it’s a LENDING library.

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      1. Yup!

        There was a good article in Library Journal making a case against fines. We restrict access to so many people for a revenue stream that brings us maybe $20/day. Probably not worth it in a poverty-stricken town like the one where I work.

        Still, it was a Ultimate Spidey omnibus. I’m annoyed.

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  2. I’m so neurotic that I need to return books BEFORE they’re due. Like two minutes after I finish reading them. Which is usually within a few days of picking them up. Especially if they’re new releases, because I know how anxious I am when I’m on the wait list. In fact, one of today’s projects is to return Patricia Briggs’s latest Mercy Thompson book. Not my favorite in the series (in places, it felt a bit like set-up for future books), but still a lot of fun.

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  3. Yayness. Librarians are the best. Never forget the strict, plump older lady who wouldn’t wait for me to ask a question but would hand me a stack of Famous Five or Hardy boys as I walked up to her while she was stacking shelves.

    Did my second 5k today. It’s a weekly group thing. You against yourself. Pics of our beautiful route will be on twitter later.

    I was at a friend’s child’s birthday party.

    Now I’m at the theatre for Royal Moscow Ballet. Alas, photos not allowed at all.

    What a busy weekend.

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    1. Wow! I slept until 11 am, enjoyed a warm sunny day in MI (rare!) and tried to find episode 4 of season 6 of the Great British Bake Off. All sources failed me.

      You definitely have the more packed weekend.

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  4. I greatly appreciate librarians. I am known for checking out the library everywhere I go. I’ve been to lobraries from Portland ME to San Diego CA. I’ve been to two this week.

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  5. My mom was a librarian and then a library director. I grew up hanging out in libraries and my first job was as a library page. (I used to get yelled at a lot for starting to read the books when I was supposed to be shelving them.) I have fond memories of card catalogs, and hand-stamping the check out cards in books. Libraries are among my favorite places in the world and I <3 librarians 🙂

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    1. I was a page also, and thought I’d read more books than I actually did because I shelved them so many times. It was a fun job.

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  6. My first part-time job, aged 16, was in the local library. I was sacked on Christmas Eve for putting the books in the right place (rather than shoving them in approximately, but faster), and being six inches taller than the librarian (well, he called it not being sufficiently respectful). Thus ended my potential career in librarianship.

    Oh, except for being elected JCR librarian at college, and reviving the moribund fiction lending library for students. It was wonderful to be able to buy boxes and boxes of new paperbacks (we’d won the TV quiz show ‘University Challenge’, and so had money to spend on ourselves).

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  7. As a kid who moved often, the school library was one of my favorite places. My first job was in the music library. Still love them. Free books! You can try anything out and just bring it back if you don’t like it. The best.

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    1. Coming out of lurking to say “Thank You!” One of the best parts of being a librarian is seeing the teens coming into the library – the same ones who came to storytime as 3 & 4 year olds and realizing how much of an impact you can have!

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  8. Libraries saved my life as a kid. I had horrible allergies and wasn’t allowed to play outside much, plus glasses and terminal shyness, so I spent my life in the old Wapakoneta Library. It was in this wonderful old building, and the adult section was on the second floor and the children’s on the top floor, and the stairs up were worn down in the middle because so many people had walked up and down them. My parents went to high school in the twin building next door, and we had junior high gym on the first floor. I think I read every book in the children’s library, sitting under these huge windows that started at the top of the bookcases, so those must have been twelve foot ceilings (although I would have been a lot shorter then). I remember going into the adult library for the first time and feeling scared because it was for Adults, but I think they let me in (watching what I picked up) because they knew me from upstairs. There’s is no doubt in my mind that I became a writer in that library.

    I talked to my daughter yesterday. The girls are home from school this week so they went to the library and Mollie said it was wonderful because they always have such a good time there. She said Callie took out fourteen books; she reads voraciously. Emmy’s going to run marathons and rule continents, so the whole book thing is not appealing (the last time I gave her a book as a gift, she very politely said, “We have enough books”), but Callie’s teacher said she’s the best writer in her class. I said, “Of course.” (Her daddy’s a writer, too.) But genetics can only take you so far. Then you need libraries.

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  9. Have you tried her on a Kindle?. The niece who won’t read books – won’t read paper books – once she discovered they came in electronic form, we were good once again.

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  10. Our small branch of the library has a great video collection, thanks to one of the librarians being from England and adding in some of he favorite British TV series. She grew up in the town where Brideshead Revisited was filmed.

    I have saved my library cards from everywhere I’ve lived. I have 9 now.

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  11. I didn’t know we librarians had a day…How cool! But I know today’s the last day of National Library Week. I, too, read every book in the children’s library, and also worked as a library page…then librarian…then director, and now…retired! So I get to enjoy all the libraries in the area without worrying about budgets, lost books, and ice-cream cones in the bookdrop!

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  12. (-: Being a librarian sounds like my dream job. I grew up in a small town where the only summer pleasures open to me were the swimming pool (financed by the local millionaire) and the air-conditioned library (which was a Carnegie library). Gosh, I loved the library! So many mysterious and delicious books, and the town librarians let my sister and I check out anything we wanted. (My mom was a regular visitor, and OK’ed everything when she was with us, so they knew us.)

    One of the things I loved to do was to check out the cards in the back of the book, and see who checked them out. I believe at least one library used names (maybe only in the really old books?), but when I got into a topic, it was fun to see the same library number show up in the same books I was reading. I loved that sense of shared history, the idea that I wasn’t alone when I was reading a book, but that I was part of some secret society of People Who Had Read This Book.

    (-:. Crypto-fandom.

    Thank you, librarians! Thank you, kind benefactors and people who donate time, books and money to libraries. And thank you to all the fellow readers.

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    1. A Carnegie Library, so lucky, in the UK the Lambeth Council are trying to close theirs to turn into gyms to the horror of local residents.

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  13. I too loved my childhood library. Read tons and participated in the summer reading program each year, reading a dozen or more books a week. I also paged at my junior high. I got my masters in library and information science about 11 years ago to start a second career as a librarian. However my first was more valuable to the library (computer engineer). So, while I’m a librarian, I am also an IT project manager. Plus, my library is less fun – academia – but tons of resources, a small pop culture section, and an immense comic collection, which sadly does not circulate.

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  14. My favorite book of all time from any authors is Agnes and the hitman. I wish this was a movie or even the beginning of a series. I have read this book a couple hundred times. I constantly check it out from my library and end up reading it over and over while I have it. I finally bought the book when I was able to find it at a local book sale. I would love to read more about my favorite characters, Carpenter, Garth, Frankie, and so on. There is so much more that could be brought out.

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  15. Libraries are magical, my mother used to push a baby in a pram and walk two small children to the next small town to the nearest library so we could borrow four books each. It felt like a long road on little legs, but the wealth that waited for us. All that colour, beauty and knowledge in books free and available for a simple library card. We didn’t have books at home, so she took us often as she could to instil the love of the written word in us.

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  16. Oh this reminds me that I promised my 5yo’s school that I’d look for his three overdue books this weekend. Which also means that I have to thoroughly tidy the kids’ bookcase. And then maybe their bedroom. Or maybe the missing books are hiding on my bookcase. . .

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  17. Yay, us! I got a degree in library science and have not worked in a library since. The irony. (I loved working in libraries, but I love working with dogs more.)

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  18. Love libraries. I can spend hours in them, and I sometimes do. Browsing the catalog online is also a huge time suck. My library cards are among my most important possessions, and I paid $40 to keep the out-of-county card after I moved, because I want access to the digital library there and I like being able to check out books if I want when I visit my parents. Spent a lot of time at the city library as a child because my mother took me with her, and then I went on my own. Also the high school library, which had a decent collection of genre fiction, and it was so nice to be able to go in at lunch and grab something if I’d finished whatever I brought with me. I volunteered at our branch one summer, and you’ve reminded me that I really should look in to library volunteering again.

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