Library flood update

Back in June, I promised to let people know about after-the-flood. Everything on the first floor of the library was destroyed, either by the five feet of water or the toxic conditions of the flood. This included the entire adult collection, some 150,000 items. We're starting over at a mall on the other side of town with the things which were checked out at the time of the flood, about 30,000 items. The downtown building has been gutted and is currently sealed, awaiting its turn in the queue of city buildings which were damaged. FEMA does not supply funds for interim expenses as libraries are not considered vital facilities.

If you're interested, more information can be found here:


Fun with Harry Potter

I called dibs on Harry Potter here as soon as our library was finished with its DH promotion this summer, and he's been good entertainment ever since. For a while it was fun to set him up outside the closed door of a room where somebody was taking a nap to startle them when they came out, or to have him peeking out the front window of our house, and he was always fun at parties. Now he's become a family wedding tradition. We attached a picture of the happy couple to his hand and put "Congratulations Jill and Shane" in Harry Potter font down around his release date parts and voila!


This was fun. Do it if you'd like to.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.

"There's an endless supply of first-time free-lancers who are so happy to see their names in print that they don't care if they ever get paid. But you can't fill a magazine with the work of eager volunteers." -letter from David Owen to Tom Philips, August 26, 1988

Oh, can't we now?

from Spy: The Funny Years, by Kurt Anderson, Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis. (excellent, but check out from the library rather than buy--$40)