katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I'm shifting some things around onto a newly-acquired additional bookshelf, which includes getting in behind some double-stacking of books and misc. things. I found Adventures in Reading New Edition (1946) by May Lamberton Becker. On opening this at random, I read:

suggestions on ways of finding your way about in a public library. Of course, all you really need to do is to ask the librarian. I have bother librarians for years and years, and not one was ever even impatient with me, nor ever less than kind. You would have thought I was doing them a favour by reading their books. But when any class of human beings is as kind as that, it is only fair to do what we can for ourselves without asking them

She goes on to offer information on the Dewey Decimal System.

This is from a chapter titled Reading by Subject.
katherine: Cat-eared Dreamsheep, sleeping against a pale green background (catdreamsheep)
I stood watching the automated conveyer belt (material magically being routed to labelled bins or down into a hatch). Also enjoyed listening to someone coaxing a child "When the light's green, you can put the next one in" about the self check-in system.

Coyote?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 05:58 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I may have just seen a coyote. Might have been a stray dog, but the geography's not implausible (if more urban than I'd expect) and it was certainly a light brown canid with a bushy tail carried low, and it was unhurriedly trotting down the sidewalk on its own business.

Context being I was walking home from the library with a couple of books I wanted to bring home as I may offer to write them for Yuletide.
katherine: Girl with glasses: Fuzzy cat with a folded pair of glasses by her paw. (glasses)
I walked to my local library branch today, thinking it's been ages since I went there. Actually I guess it has, since they've moved things around since I was last in.

Things that happen while my reading is mostly Harlequins (Reader Service and various ones already in my house) and re-reading SF&F from my own shelves.

The booksale cart is now a set of shelves and further from the door. I refrained from picking up a paperback of Black Powder War as I already have that novel as part of an omnibus edition.

That was fun

Sunday, August 5th, 2012 08:02 pm
katherine: Spotted cat with tall tufted ears has her tongue sticking out as she stalks. (stalking)
Fun, lower-key and less just running around than usual but that was grand. Still saw people if not for as long as some years.

While making my way through crowds around the parade I got a compliment on my tail.

Out On Shelves Library was having a booksale. I got Mary Renault's The Persian Boy and The Mask of Apollo. I already have copies of both but nice paperbacks by donation how could I resist. Of course I promptly started re-reading The Mask of Apollo as it was in my hands.

San Francisco

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 09:45 am
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
San Francisco involved:

The Public Library branch we happened to park near. (Park Branch. Old building, one room, many wooden shelves around the walls.)

Gigantic art supplies store called FLAX. There's a whole room of decorative paper!

Staring at the Golden Gate Bridge. It is big and sweeping and orange. This was very much a trip of big landmarks, for me.

Looking at things

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 04:00 pm
katherine: Blue pen drawing of a whiskered fish with a small heart beside. Words: and be your catfish friend (catfish)
Today, the Sunnyvale Public Library. Big, and nice open layout inside, with brick arched open doorways between sections.

Amused me that I was wearing my Deep Sea Reader shirt.

Passed a restaurant called By Th' Bucket Grill and admired their catfish logo.

Neat things

Monday, May 7th, 2012 09:17 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
We went into the City of Rancho Mirage Public Library. It's very big and well-appointed. There's a painted ram in the hallway (one of the around the city art things I assume).

Then, just inside the library entrance, an aquarium. There was a binder with photos, species name, and first-person descriptions of the fish. Fun.

The books had spine stickers for all the genres pretty much, I saw at least YA (which clearly included stuff kids have to read in school, as in the section there was The Martian Chronicles and lots of Dickens), Westerns, and Science Fiction.

I admired some glassed-in shelves for a local authors collection.

Much further down the road, tonight went for Japanese food. (Amusingly to me Graham couldn't face the full length of the trip without.) Adventurously, I ordered a drink listed on the menu as Marble Soda. (I got strawberry flavour.)

Complicated to open and many instructions on the bottle. There actually is a marble in there, trapped by the shape of the neck.

So I was happy with that!

Taos

Friday, May 4th, 2012 08:20 pm
katherine: Spotted cat with eyes closed, nuzzling against grey-furred hand. (loved)
Following many green-and-white Library signs took us to the Taos Public Library. It was not small, had art and some nice wooden bookshelves and also blue metal bookcarts for reshelving.

Unrelated to the above (except for New Mexico location) I picked up a brochure for Llama Trekking Adventures. Fluffy-looking creatures.

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