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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Carpet is in, Computers are Out.

The carpet is almost done at the library.  Except for a small part of the children's seating section, (they ran out of carpet and have to order more then come back to install it), it is all installed, and looks great.  It's a little darker than I imagined it would be, but it looks very nice, and we got rid of the strip behind the librarian's desk that has been a thorn in my side for the past two years.  lol.

Unfortunately, they unhooked all the computers and moved them around, which was understandable. They needed to be able to move the furniture around so they could lay the carpet.  But now, I'm struggling to get the computers hooked back up the way they were before, and we have no internet.  None. Zilch, Nada, Zero.  I did get all the computers to at least power on, except for one that I need to rig an extension cord to, but after working on it for hours today, I finally called the Board President, and told her I needed help getting the internet back on.

I'm sure it's just a simple matter of hooking the cords up correctly, resetting the router, and making sure the settings are correct.  But I have never been good at any of that, and my blood pressure rises every time I have to hook a computer up for internet.   Then my brain refuses to function, and I'd just as well give up.

Hopefully, we can get someone up from Great Bend to get it all figured out very soon.  Tomorrow I will reopen the library, but without the computer internet.  I will have to check out books and movies on paper, scan the bar codes into the computer and print them out offline.  Then enter them into the Pathfinder program once we are back up and running online.   A pain in the royal patoot, but it is what it is.

I also have to get all those nonfiction books that are piled high on the children's craft tables back on their proper shelves.  Some of them will be weeded out and put on the Weedy Shelf for a while.  If they don't disappear from there, they will be offered on eBay.

I used to have a book store on eBay and made some pretty good money doing it.  I'm thinking about opening an eBay store again soon.

On a side note, today was combination of Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday.  Dennis, Becky, Karsyn, Whitley, and little Maliyah brought me chocolates and flowers.  I'll take a picture of the flowers tomorrow to post.  It was a great way to finish a frustrating day at work.  Then Dennis and I went to Ash Wednesday services at church.  Our priest was fighting a bug and was pretty weak and pale.  I hope it isn't the influenza virus going around.  He has a heart condition and needs to stay in good condition.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Library Taking Over

The library has taken over my life. Even on my day off, I am planning library events, posting about the library on Facebook, writing newspaper articles about library events, and brainstorming about new activities to try.

I'm not complaining. Not really.  It does give me a break from housework and watching Hubby's choices of tv shows, and it give me a social outlet.

This week has been especially hectic. I'm in the middle of a big restructuring project with our DVD collection.  We have almost 700 DVDs that we loan to patrons.  So any changes to the collection take time. Lots of time.  

Then I got a call on Tuesday that the new carpet for the library is in stock and the carpet installers will start laying it down on Monday morning. Can I please  move all of the nonfiction books off the shelves and take them to the back room so the workmen can move the shelves easier?  Sure. No problem.   Nothing else to do. ;)

I have an event to plan called Take Your Child To the Library Day that was originally scheduled for February 3.  I postponed it to March 3, in hopes of missing the flu and nasty weather that has been prevalent this past month.  I'm still trying to find games, contests, and activities for that. 

And it's almost time to start planning our Summer Reading Program for the kids.  That is a huge project involving 4 different days of activities, speakers, music, and encouraging the kids to read, read, read.  There is a contest to see who can read the most in the time between the first session and the last session, about six weeks apart.

On top of all that, I have my regular library chores to do.  But I love it. Busy time goes much faster than slow times.  I love books.  

This weekend, I will have a day to myself, that's something rare now that Hubby has retired. I hope to spend it doing some art, and some writing in my novel.  I'll probably do that in the library too.

Yeah, the library has taken over my life. And I wouldn't have it any other way.