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Librarian, Finder of Many Things

   August 8th, 2012 Brian Herzog

My brother sent me this photo, from the August 3, 2012, Police Blotter in the Sandusky Register:

Sandusky Register Aug 3 2012 police blotter

I know this isn't an earth-shattering achievement, and that most libraries routinely do this with lost cards, but yay for it being in the paper and yay for it working out in the end.



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My Childhood Summer Reading Logs

   June 20th, 2012 Brian Herzog

With summer reading programs in full swing, I thought this was appropriate. While cleaning my old stuff out of my parents' house, I came across some of my childhood summer reading logs. They're from the Sandusky (OH) Library from the late seventies - I was born in 1974, so these show what was shaping my mind when I was three and four years old (click through to zoom in):

Summer Reading Log 1977

Summer Reading Log 1978

Summer Reading Certificate 1978

Summer Reading Certificate 1980

Yay for the Sandusky Library, and for my parents. I hope everyone is enjoying summer reading - it sticks.

Incidentally, I found a couple other interesting things at my parents house too.



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The Christmas Tree of Knowledge

   December 20th, 2011 Brian Herzog

My sister-in-law takes my niece to their library frequently, and last week she texted me this photo:

Christmas tree made of green books

This is in the Sandusky (OH) Library (where I grew up), and I think it's great. Slightly less massive than this one, and it makes me wonder if the staff marked all those volumes as "Display" in their catalog.

Anyway, this also serves as my annual "don't expect to hear from me for awhile" Christmas post - hopefully when I'm visiting my family in Ohio, I'll be able to stop into the Sandusky Library and check out their tree. Happy Holidays everyone.



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Old Timey Photo Editing

   August 14th, 2008 Brian Herzog

Before and after photos of Cedar Point dock, circa 1900The library in my hometown has a blog, which I read because it's well done and because it's a way for me to stay connected with where my family lives.

I particularly enjoyed one recent post. Someone found a photo in the library's historical archive that had been later doctored for use in a promotional book.

Check the original post for bigger photos. It is interesting to see how the photo, circa 1900, could be altered so well - as opposed to some of the bad work being done now with Photoshop.

This shows that fun can come from library archive, especially photo archives. Also, too, the subject of the photo is interesting. It's the dock of Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, OH. And I am always amazed at how dressing nicely was just a matter of course in that era. People at Cedar Point don't dress like that anymore.



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In Ohio

   February 22nd, 2007 Brian Herzog

This isn't a library-related post. I'm in Ohio this week. My grandpa died on Monday, and I came home to be with family. I'll be back in Massachusetts this weekend.

Something occurred to me today, too, when I was thinking about writing this post. My grandpa was 90 years old, and I don't think he ever in his life looked at a computer screen. Television, yes (he loved the Indians and the Browns), but the only interest he had in computers was that he knew my job had something to do with them.

Regardless, I still learned more from him than almost anyone else I know.

oh, ohio, sandusky, wayne c. fairfield, wayne fairfield



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