Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Drum Roll, Please

Link to November 25 Springfield Republican article, "Springfield-based dictionary says 'bailout' is its word of the year".

I used to work for the G. & C. Merriam Company from March 1976 to August 1978. Stodgy place back then. (No wonder I never fit in.) The woman who took my place as Librarian is still there -- as are seven other employees, according to the Editorial Staff listing in the latest edition of the Collegiate Dictionary. (I can't imagine! 2 1/2 years was more than enough for me.)

When publication dates approached and the editors-in-chief went into panic mode, I was given various editorial duties -- such as reviewing proof sheets, i.e. reading the dictionary. My eyes sitll glaze over when I think about it.

West Salem library closed in wake of broken pipe

Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library

Link to November 25 La Crosse Tribune post.

Your-worst-library-nightmare department.

From the article: The Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library in West Salem will be closed all this week and possibly longer after a stuck damper allowed frigid air into the heating system late Friday.

The frigid temperatures eventually caused a heating coil to break. Water came pouring down from the ceiling, dousing books and pooling on the carpet. “I’d guess we’re going to have to throw away 2,000 to 3,000 books,” said library branch manager Sharon Aldahl.

The library is a branch of the La Crosse County Library. Chris McArdle Rojo is the Director.


The video game industry? Perhaps.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Update on Fitchburg Library

Link to November 22 Wisconsin State Journal article.

Lead paragraph:
After Fitchburg voters approved funding to build a new library but declined to provide money to operate it, the City Council now has to decide whether to proceed with the project.

Link to November 24 Capital Times post, "Fitchburg divided over potential library".