Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Groundhog Day Party for the Library Staff 2-2-08

Since the holidays get way too crowded with parties, we started hosting a Groundhog Day party for Library staff instead. This is the third or fourth year. Louie and I provide ham, turkey, and roast beef sandwiches, plus sodas, beer, and wine. Guests bring a side dish. We don't have sign-up sheets, people just bring whatever they want. It always turns out great, and this year was no exception. Plenty of salads, veggies, and desserts. We enjoy having something to look forward to in the doldrums of the gray, cold, Ohio winter. Next month, SPRING!

Nedda, Keith, and little Alistair read a book

Gannon enjoys the Windsor chair in the library

That piano does come in handy!

Calm before the storm.....

ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, January, 2008

The American Library Association Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia was professionally and personally rewarding, as always. I gave a talk on the unusual work Denison and Kenyon College are doing in combining the technical services (back room) library functions. We're now able to do more to make ditigal resources available to our users, clear up long-standing backlogs, and generally provide job enrichment for our staff. We had fine meals with Mort & Julie, Carol Parke, and other friends. and LOVED being next door to the Reading Terminal Market with its fresh food stalls, produce, bakery (the apple dumplings were especially divine), and more!

Regina Carter, impressive jazz violinist, plays and tells us about her life for the Arthur Curley Lecture

Carol Parke shared a fine Vietnamese lunch with us