I don't know which one tickles me more. Is it that people seem to be talking more and saying less? Or is it that they say things they surely don't mean?
By "talking more and saying less," I allude to jargon. I wish I could tell you that librarians are immune. We're not.
Take our most basic service: "circulation." In our view, the books go out and come back. It's like blood through the heart. Hence, our materials (not just books anymore) "circulate."
On Thursday, March 2000, my Associate Director, Holly Deni, received an e-mail. That e-mail read, in part:
My daughter's "first book" -- by which I mean the first book where she was able to identify all the words -- was Goodnight Moon. My son, Perry, who turned six a little over a month ago, now has his first book (although he hasn't quite got all the words). Perry has learned to read from ... a paperback collection of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. Cool, huh?
Readers of this paper have probably noted the weekly listing of library events elsewhere. But I thought I'd call out some of the notable events coming up this month.
In addition to our weekly story times, we have a number of reading groups. Here's a gander at March literary gatherings:
March 1 - the Mother-Daughter Book Club at Highlands Ranch will be reviewing "Julie of the Wolves" at 7 p.m.