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About that cat

There's a town up closer to Dallas where they're having a feud over the property rights of pets.
And a library is smack dab in the middle of it.
Seems the public library has had a resident in-house cat for some time.
Someone wanted a pet dog at another public agency. The powers-that-be said, No.
So, the dog person sought spite on the cat people over at the library.
And now the cat has been evicted.
I guess small-town folks don't have enough to worry about.
We've thought about getting a resident cat here.
But, we worry about just such small-town pettiness.

Printing smiles

In Wimberley, when it's summertime it's also time for the grandkids.
And we're a great place to take those kids when the sun is hot and they are tired of Blue Hole and daytime TV.
Just in the last few days I've had grandmas calling to see if we can show their grandsons and granddaughters our 3D printer and how to use it.
Of course, I can.
Our formal 3D printing classes were conducted a couple of weeks ago. But, we still have the printer set up. We still have a lot of filament. And I have time to show you all about it.
Just give me a call.

What was he thinking?

About the time one set of front-counter volunteers was leaving for the day and another set was arriving, one of those coming in for the afternoon wondered about two small dogs locked inside a maroon Ford sedan parked in our lot behind the library.
The windows were rolled up tight. The dogs were small. They were barking.
We sought out the thoughtless owner throughout the library. Nobody admitted ownership of the car or dogs.
So, three or four of us headed back outside to see how the dogs were doing.
About that time, a guy came sauntering up the hill north of our lot that lies between the library and H-E-B. He had a bag of groceries and a countenance hidden behind big sunglasses.
As he angled toward the car, we all four confronted him. What was he thinking? Why would he leave his dogs in a hot car? Didn't he know he could kill them?
He shrugged it all off, got in his car and drove away.
And the thought occurred to all of us: He parked in our lot, not in H-E-B's lot, because he knew all too well what he was doing and figured that the foot traffic going past his car would be minimal in our lot and maximal in the H-E-B lot.
Warning: Next time we won't go looking for the onwer. We'll let the sheriff do that.

Spell it and Win

We're a few months from our annual Adult Spelling Bee, so there is plenty of time to learn all those words and then win.
The Bee will be on Oct. 28 at the Community Center. It's sponsored by the Friends of the Wimberley Village Library and conducted using Scripps Howard Spelling Bee materials, with their permission.
Last year's winners were Claire Julian, Polly Kotarba and Susan Thurber.
This year we're hoping to field 25 teams. Each team has three members.
If you'd like to compete, please contact me. Likewise if you'd like to sponsor a team. Sponsorships are only $100, and that buys lunch for three competitors.
My number is 512-847-2188.

And the winner ...

If someone wanted to bet on which language would dominate the future of the world, would you bet on English?
You should.
Turns out that most other languages are losers when it comes to the Internet and mobile, games, etc. Everything digital is English or English-like. For example, even in Arab countries people are texting using English languags symbols for Arabic.
That's according to research reported today at Pricenomics, a data-driven website that I recommend you bookmark.
Here's the detail:
A full 96% of the world’s 6,000+ languages appear to be dead when it comes to use on cell phones, laptops, and tablets, meaning that the Internet could be to languages what a certain comet was to the dinosaurs.
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