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Its time has come

The Sunday edition of The New York Times came with a bonus section, full of color and nicely bound just like the weekly magazine that's always inside the Times on that day of the week.
Sometimes these special sections are called "T" and are devoted to fashion. Sometimes they are called something else and are, thus, devoted to something else, like education.
This Sunday the section was 66 pages of information about watches. As in time-telling gadgets that go on your wrist.
It's a little disconcerting to come to the realization that there are enough men and women out there who can afford a Piaget Polo S or a Vacheron Constantin that they can be reached to buy yet more expensive watches in a singularly dedicated NYT special magazine section.
The top 1% must not be able to afford smart phones, where clock faces are ubiquitous. Or they may not be able to glance down at the dashboards of their BMWs or Merecedes Benzes so as to cop a peek at the little clocks spining thereupon. Or they work in offices where the time is not posted on every available wall.No, they gotta have watches.
I get the whole trophy watch thing. It's like the trophy car thing. And the trophy pen thing. And even the trophy wife thing.
You hafta have something that is so far above and beyond the utilitarian, which in watches is very, very good these says, that it is a statement unto itself.
Wonder why there aren't trophy books?

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.

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?

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.
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