Sunday, March 28, 2010

I just knew it, and here's the proof:

How Librarians Can Save The World

This Book Is Overdue
This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
By Marilyn Johnson
Hardcover, 272 pages
List price: $24.99

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March 5, 2010

Say the word "librarian," and most people conjure up a frumpy, bespectacled woman shushing people — Marion the Librarian. The image is outdated, Marilyn Johnson argues in her impassioned celebration of librarians and archivists, cleverly titled This Book Is Overdue. Johnson is a former magazine editor and the author of The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries — another wittily titled appreciation of another underappreciated art. She is no stranger to research — and just how helpful a good librarian can be in navigating the overwhelming, "madly multiplying beast of exploding information."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Helping Tiger and Julia into the World

Tiger and Julia are two butterflies. We helped them go from newly emerged butterflies in a plastic container to toddler butterflies, careening into plants, rocks and our shoulders. After calming down and gathering courage, they suddenly soared off, up and away!

Luckily for them, their lives will be spent within the humid environment of the Pacific Island Water Garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory, alighting on orchids, Lantana blooms and Dale Chihuly glass sculptures.