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Well, there’s not really one single reason I love working with kids, and to be honest there are definitely those days that are trying, but they definitely don’t detract from the extraordinary days like today.

I was surprised today by my wonderful, energetic, talkative, exuberant, etc. Drama Club kids with flowers and cards (and even candy!) to welcome me back from having my gallbladder taken out. I almost cried!

And, to top it off they did a fabulous job on the fairy tale skits they’re working on for our storytime finale!

I may still be in pain, but this all made the pain seem much better. It works much better than the Vicodin has been even! I wish I could bottle today and keep it in the medicine cabinet for another day. ūüôā

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What a cool idea! Check-out-able library bags!

I was visiting a fellow librarian and friend at the Brookfield Public Library when I noticed a rack of library bags next to the circ desk. Then it got better! I saw they had barcodes on them! Wow!

So, when you come to the library and you decide to check out a lot of stuff there you go, just check out a bag to take them home in and then you can return it when you bring them back.

I happened to run into a former story time friend while I was there – I used to work there. His mom said they love using it. They have their own library bags, but sometimes you just forget to bring it.

I thought this was such a simple idea that has immense customer service appeal so I approached my current manager with the idea, and after a couple of discussions between managers it looks like it’s going to happen.

I love it! How easy is that and so wonderfully convenient for our patrons. I’m happy. ūüôā

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I had to let my best friend go a few weeks ago and it’s been by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done and most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever dealt with. She spent most of her last day outside in the yard snoozing in the grass smiling her precious little kitty smile and purring nonstop. I miss her terribly and am sad that she won’t be along for the next camping trip, but glad she was still able to enjoy one during her last summer.

She was in my opinion, and I believe in many other’s opinions, a very special cat. She was super smart, loving, loyal, steadfast, calm, and so brave. She was like a stoic-type dog in a cat’s beautiful soft and fuzzy body. Never needy, but always happy to be loved and always there when I needed support myself. She often tried to fix my migraines with her purrs… I guess it’s the thought that counts in that case. ūüôā

I know there’s no way to keep them with us forever, but I wish I had just a little while longer with her. Still, we had a great 18 years together. I’ll always miss you Skippy, but I feel very privileged to have had such a close and wonderful relationship with such an amazing cat. Thank you for spending your life with me.

skippy at camp site

In loving memory of Skippy.
August 1991 – August 2009
You will be missed always.

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The line: on Twitpic

That’s me in the black right up front and center!¬† Woohoo!¬† (Neil Gaiman took this pic and tweeted it!)

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Why do libraries spend thousands of dollars a year on Microsoft Windows licenses for pc’s that are only used for access to the internet?¬†

I’m no¬†expert by any means, so it’s possible that they think it’s worth it so they won’t¬†need a separate server for those computers, but in reality they probably already have a dedicated server for them anyway…¬† Or maybe they think patrons can’t adapt to a different operating system – more likely they don’t want to themselves!¬† Most patrons wouldn’t even notice the difference, and those who did would quickly adapt.

These computers often do absolutely nothing except provide access to the internet.¬† So why not use Linux?¬† And while we’re at it throw some open source software on there like Gimp¬†and Open Office?¬† All free, all useful to patrons¬†– how can this not be the right thing to do?

Just a thought on how we can save everyone a little money. 

And now I shall prepare for some relaxing in the good-smelling open air of Wisconsin with a wacky web developer and Skippy the camping cat.

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If you’re reading this blog you’re probably reading pretty green, at least when you can.¬† But…¬† are you really living green as you can?¬†

Check out these tips from The Onion to see what simple changes you can make.

Seriously though, Read Green and Live Green!

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I’m noticing this same problem on some other pages, so I’m wondering…¬† Did meebo do some kind of update that means I need to grab new code for my widget?¬† I guess I could just do it, but I’m feeling lazy today, and I liked it the way it was.

Oh meebo, meebo, meebo.  Where, oh where, can you be?

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