Friday, May 17, 2019

Freaky Friday

National Library Relocations has completed the reshelving to the extent they can...Here the empty carts are waiting to be loaded into their truck.  Still no word on our Aurora shelving.  Is patience really a virtue?? 
And here, warm off the press, one of the newest additions to our collection:

Good weekend to all.  Sweet dreams. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

a place for everything and everything in its place

Almost...we're getting there.  As I said, organized chaos and a method to the madness, even for "Sniffles for Bear."  It appears that we'll be able to host an ARC blood drive on Friday May 17th from 1-6pm...another bit of normal.  If you've been bleeding for us virtually all these months, you can do it in reality this Friday and do some good for those in need.  Call 1-800-REDCROSS to make an appointment or just drop in.

 And Do you like the new sculpture we've had installed under the cupola?  A thing of beauty.  A pile of empty boxes.....

Monday, May 13, 2019

monday monday

The folks from National Library Relocations continue to be hard at work getting books back on the shelves, only somewhat stymied by the fact that new shelving is still missing.  They are calculating where the new shelving will go and books that should go there are being pulled out and put in order but left in boxes that will go on the new shelves when they are installed next monday 5/20.  The saga continues.  Did that remotely make sense??  Does this look like organized chaos or what?  Like the new placement of stacks...(that's a joke, these are temporary book carts that NLR uses for sorting--they really do have it down to a science...)
Movies in the cafe.....Staff did yeoman's work this weekend getting a/v materials up on shelves...of course, then part of our sprinkler system failed.  Really.  No damage.  System patched and sections of pipe will be replaced this week, but there's ALWAYS something...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Monitoring things

If you didn't get a chance to see the Concord Monitor on Thursday, the below link should work.  Nice article by Nick Stoico.  From the "Hopkinton Monitor"

A lot of progress has been made over the last few months in the renovation of the Hopkinton Town Library since the fire last August. I checked in with Donna Dunlop, the library director, this week and she showed me around the fixed up space. While there is still much work to be done, the first thing that jumped out to me was the simple sight of books back on the shelves, a signal that the town will have its full library back in a short matter of time.

I spoke at NH Library Association on Thursday, which went well enough.  Today staff spent time figuring out what the next few weeks will look like.  Be forewarned that most of the books that have been at Slusser have been moved over to the "big house" to be interfiled with the rest of the collection.  We still have our "new books," returned items and the movie and audiobook collection and museum passes.  We are still doing ILLs, letting folks use the computers for short term needs and just being us.  Next week will be focused on getting books on the shelves, but we still do not have the missing new shelving, which continues to put a cramp in the reshelving project.

Meanwhile, staff continues to be great.  Several people will be here on Saturday beginning to get the A/V collection back on the shelves.  More anon.  Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.  And for those of you who have mothers, best to you as well.  oxoxoox

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Trala Tuesday

Our books have come back home and it's a sight for sore eyes!!  This was just the beginning.  There are now approximately 1,200 boxes of books in the Community Room, in no particular order, which kind of gives me a stomach ache....This room is now pretty much full.  Tomorrow morning, the folks from National Library Relocation arrive to make sense of it.  Will keep you posted.

And doesn't this just make one feel welcome!  Our beautiful new Welcome Desk designed by Jason LaCombe from SMP Architecture and built by Earl Davis' millworking firm in town  and Ian, whose last name I don't know, but he's a master.  Don't know how we're going to get any work done on those tables behind the desk with those poky things, also known as legs sticking up.  this is a joke.  Good night...

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Fandango

Definition of fandango. 1 : a lively Spanish or Spanish-American dance in triple time that is usually performed by a man and a woman to the accompaniment of guitar and castanets also : music for this dance. 2 : tomfoolery.

You have the facts, you decide which I mean, but I'm pretty sure that it's one of these that the staff was attempting to illustrate.  .  

But seriously, folks, I took this pic to use in the powerpoint I am doing as part of my presentation at next week's NH Library Association conference.  I wanted to illustrate that one of the keys to the success we've had in this post -lightning phase of our existence is a truly wonderful and flexible staff.  None of this would have been possible without their smarts, good humor and willingness to deal with a haphazard, at best, situation.  This town is lucky to have such a dedicated crew of public servants.  I am lucky as well.  

Happy weekend to all.  With any luck, next time I write, the sun will be shining.  Rumor has it that my asparagus is beginning to emerge, unfazed by this spate of foul weather.  So that's a good thing and a true sign of spring.  The peepers, however, are freezing their patooties off.  I better stop writing.  I think I'm delirious.  

Thursday, May 2, 2019

For Barbara

This blogpost is dedicated to dear Barbara Hurtgen who left us two nights ago.  Barbara was a long time library user and supporter, along with her husband Andre,.  She had a wry wit and was a prodigious reader and gardener.  My indoor garden grows greener thanks to gifts from Barbara.  A white and purple streptocarpus that she gave me bloomed early this year, I'm sure as a tribute to her.  The below is one of my favorite images.  June Adinah took it and Susan Covert, a major Barbara fan, shared it with me.  Like that rhododendron, we are all better off to have been in her midst.

Building update:  our welcome desk has been delivered and is being assembled as I write this post.  This begins to make the whole prospect of re-opening even more real.  New upholstered chairs are now installed around the library including two in our new teen area.  Servpro will be delivering the cleaned books starting this coming Monday.  More than 1,000 boxes...into the community room.  National Library Relocation starts the sorting and re-shelving process on Wednesday May 8th (you may recall that the boxes are random and fairly randomly packed, some marked with contents, others not).  But...oh rats, that's right, a significant amount of shelving won't arrive until May 15th (thank you Aurora, Inc.  In case you are in the market for new shelving, think twice before ordering from this company...)  So we'll be puzzling the puzzle next week.  Will keep you posted.  Think sunny thoughts.  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


 The whole building project continues to be an enormous puzzle.  If one thing falls out of place, other project components tumble down like dominoes.  This morning, I learned that the extra shelving that was supposed to be delivered this week won't be in until May 15th, which totally throws off the company  that is doing the re-shelving for us.  And on and on. We will make it work, of course, but the ride is bumpy.

The morning news was sweetened by Carol and Brad Goodine, who have taken it upon themselves to deliver Carol's (amazing) confections to folks in need around town.  We are sometimes the lucky recipients.  This morning it was Boston Cream Pie.  This is not a plea for more treats.  Really.  It is more recognition of Carol and Brad (and so many others of you) who have brightened up our days in so many ways.  The pool table serves as a nice buffet as well...

More sweetness was added to the day with the visit of Toto the Tornado Cat who came to storytime today with his human EMT Jonathan Hall.  Oh dear, the next thing you know I'll be sharing cat videos.....

Thursday, April 25, 2019

coffee tea or

the little cafe is coming together, thanks to the Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library, which has made a commitment to underwriting costs related to this aspect of our project.  We are still committed to trying to find an environmentally friendly way of providing coffee and tea.  If you have any particular insights in this area, let us know.  It's a great little space...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

a bit of a tour

Things continue are some pics for your viewing'll never see my desk this clean again....
The chairs have come back home, but they're still resting.....
Cool place for new books...