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Ready, set, go!

Our big annual used book sale is today for Friends of the Library and tomorrow for everyone else.
Of course, you can join the Friends for a nominal annual fee and head on over there right now.
Today's times are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tomorrow: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Chapel in the Hills, Ranch Road 12, right across from Dairy Queen
All money raised helps the library.

How many books for sale?

Actually, I don't know how many books will be on sale at the annual Friends of the Library event this weekend.
I can easily predict the number will be in the thousands.
Shoot, we've had hundreds donated for the sale just this week alone. People donate year-round. Like, hundreds per week year-round.
You know, we had one outdoor storage building for Friends sale books. Now, we have two.
Please don't miss this chance to build your own library or your kids' or your grandkids'!
For non-Friends the sale is just one day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Chapel in the Hills across from the Dairy Queen on RR 12.

Our calling

Every day I feel good about being a librarian.
And especially today. I just read an online magazine called "Brain Pickings," the subject of which is libraries and librarians. It is very complimentary.
In particular, the author relates the story of Storm Reyes, who grew up on an Indian reservation and never had a book until she was invited into a bookmobile when she was a child.
Her story is included in "Callings," a book by Dave Isay developed out of interviews conducted by Story Corps.
Reyes writes, in part, about the first time she checked out books:
"I came back in two weeks, and he gave me more books, and that started it. By the time I was fifteen, I knew there was a world outside the camps, and I believed I could find a place in it. I had read about people like me and not like me. I had seen how huge the world was, and it gave me the courage to leave. And I did. It taught me that hope was not just a word."
It all makes me feel very good about what I do.

Dylan wins the Nobel?

Few who care about literature ever agree on the Nobel committee's selections for their big prize.
Would I vote for James Joyce to receive a Nobel Prize?
No. I have found Joyce to be inpenetrable. "Ulysses" was, to me, unreadable.
Some folks in Sweden not only learned to read English but also the gibberish variation used by Joyce in this particular novel.
So, if Joyce is OK by the Nobel committee, why not Bob Dylan?
But, this is hardly a fair way to discuss the Dylan prize. To my taste, Dylan is a far more deserving winner than Joyce.
His poetry is, for the most part, accessible and meaningful. In some cases, it is life-altering or at least outlook-altering.
The world is a better place for Dylan's having been a songwriter and poet.
Can we say the same about James Joyce?

Still too expensive for some people

I know many of us tend to take Internet connectivity at home for granted.
However, I do run into quite a few people here at the library who don't have Internet connections at their homes. Usually that's because a service is just not available out where they live in the Hill Country.
Excluding those folks, there are still a relatively large number of people in the United States who don't have access even if they could.
They don't because they can't afford it.
That's according to the newest survey undertaken by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
By far the majority of people who aren't connected say they don't need to access the Internet. But almost as large a number say cost is a factor.
I'm not sure how to fix that.
One way, of course, is for those who can't use or get the Internet at home to just come on by the library and use one of our secure connections.
It's absolutely free of charge.
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