Back in 1992, I reprised a column I'd written even earlier. I find that I still don't have much to add. So here it is again. Happy holidays!
What we really need is an all-purpose gift that will satisfy everybody. It should be suitable for all ages. It should require no assembly. It shouldn't need batteries. You shouldn't have to feed it. It should last forever. It should be constantly entertaining. The more the recipient uses it, the more he or she should like it.
And of course, it should be free.
Three times a year I grow pensive: the anniversary of my hiring (April), my birthday (July), and the end of the year. April tends to be a review wholly related to my job. July tends to be a backward look on my personal life. New Years Eve tends to be about resolutions in both spheres.
Heres what I'm resolved to do in 1999.
A couple of weeks ago, I got an e-mail message from a patron who located the library's web page before she found information about various library programs in the newspaper. She asked how difficult it would be to post the same listings on the Internet.
It turns out that it's not difficult at all. You can now find weekly programming updates at http://douglas.lib.co.us -- and thanks for the suggestion.
Beware, you teachers! A single comment on a school assignment can mark a young woman. It can twist whole lives.
Consider, for instance, a five page research paper written for Douglas County High School teacher Mr. James McKay. The year was 1967. The title was "The History of Banking in Castle Rock." The author was one Debbie Bubolz.