January 31st, 2015 Brian Herzog
I'm sure everyone is sick of hearing about New England snow storms by now (I certainly am), but by far the most common question I heard this week was, "Brian, how much snow did you get at your house?"
Well, this is how much:
Which is to say, more than a lot, but I stopped counting. Granted, this is next to my driveway so some of it is piled up from shoveling, but still a lot. And more coming this weekend.
And for the fun of it, I tried to make the yardstick as close to actual size as I could:
So, if you'd like to get the full Brian's Driveway Experience, just print out that image and hold it up next to you. Or, I am accepting volunteers to help come shovel after the next storm.
Tags: 2015, blizzard, january, libraries, Library, new england, public, Reference Question, shoveling, snow, yardstick
January 29th, 2015 Brian Herzog
It's not, actually, but perhaps it should be. We had a plumber in the library today fixing one of our men's restrooms. In the course of his repair work, he had to go into the drop-ceiling in the bathroom, and this is what he found:
I've heard of library bathroom ceilings being used as dead-drops for drug deals - which at least has a logical utility - but I don't understand why these books would have ended up in the bathroom ceiling.
They all seem like old travel books, had been part of our branch library's collection, and have all been withdrawn and deleted. Not just lost and deleted, but actually stamped by staff as withdrawn.
I have no idea how they went from deleted from the branch to above the men's room of the main library. Plus, it's a ten foot ceiling too, so it's not like it'd be an easy place to store reading material.
So, if you get a chance today, pop your head up into the bathroom ceiling - who knows what interesting things you may find (I for one can't wait to check the rest of our bathrooms).
January 8th, 2015 Brian Herzog
I thought this was neat - a woman had photos of her maternal line going back to her Great-great-great-grandmother, and she decided to recreate each shot and display the original and recreated photos side-by-side.
In this example, she is on the right, and her Great-great-great-grandmother Martha, who was born in 1821, is on the left:
Check out the rest. I saw this on our Genealogy Group's listserv, which linked to an article with more information.
October 31st, 2014 Brian Herzog
One of my coworkers got creative for our Halloween book displays, and I think they look great:
Happy Halloween everyone!
Tags: book, book display, Books, ghost, halloween, holiday, libraries, Library, orange, public, pumpkin, white
September 6th, 2014 Brian Herzog
Earlier this week, a coworker at our circulation desk sent me this message:
A patron came to the desk last night and asked where the last 6 months of Skeptical Inquirer were. He said they're never there except the new one. Did we have a blip in circulation?
It turns out that this is a bi-monthly magazine, and the issue the patron wanted was checked out. All of our copies were accounted for, but since there are fewer issues than a monthly magazine, it just seemed like more were missing than actually were.
But: this patron had doubts and that led him to ask a question - do you know what makes him? A Skeptical Inquirer!
It's things like this that make being a librarian worthwhile.
July 16th, 2014 Brian Herzog
A few years ago, I posted about a neat inscription in one of our Jack Kerouac books. Well, this past weekend, we found another interesting inscription.
One of my coworkers was doing the weeding list, pulling and deleting books that hadn't circulated in the last three years. One of the books on the list was The Bouviers : from Waterloo to the Kennedys and beyond, by John H. Davis.
Since we're in Massachusetts, I'm always a little reluctant to get rid of Kennedy-related items, but this one just didn't seem like it would be in demand anymore.
That is, until my coworker opened the cover and found this inscription:
Such a personal note from "Jacki Kennedy" - this copy must be priceless! It seems especially rare, too, since she took this single opportunity to sign her name differently than her normal signature.
Of course, we certainly don't encourage anyone to vandalize library materials - even First Ladies.