Archive for the 'Books' Category

Wintering well

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

This weekend it’s below-zero (-18C) cold. The floor in my apartment is so cold that even with two pairs of socks, I can’t keep my feet on the floor for very long. And I refuse to wear shoes sitting at my desk. The bed is on the floor too, but the futon provides some insulation […]


Monday, May 4th, 2015

The neighborhood branch of the public library where I work, Arnett Branch Library, was named Public Library of the Year 2015 by the Rochester Regional Library Council. what makes the Arnett Branch stand out is that the people in its community see it as integral to the community and a critical part of the heart […]

Brucew Reads

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

One of the things I love about my building is our informal book club. Books are passed through the laundry room, and recommendations are passed through the hallways. Of the books that I’ve read in the past couple of months, these have passed the hallway test. The first was recommended to me, and the rest […]

Been a while

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Spring became summer, summer is yeilding to fall, and it’s been ages since I updated here. My only excuse is that the spring was very uninteresting and the summer was very busy. We had over 530 kids registered in summer reading, which means I was exhausted every night, and it carried right through every weekend. […]

Hottest week of the year

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

The mid-month week of July is typically our hottest week of the year. This year is following suit. While it still looks like the summer as a whole is going to be cooler and wetter than usual, this week is starting with three days forecast in the 90s. And muggy. With no rain in sight. […]

Ten years

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Ten years ago this past week, I started working for the Rochester Public Library. Yesterday I subbed over at my old branch, the Winton Branch. On the book sale table I spied the very book that got me the job. For years I’d done my librarying at the Central Branch downtown. At the time I […]

First bread

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

It’s been years since I had a decent kitchen—decades perhaps. Thinking about it, I don’t think I ever had a kitchen where I was really satisfied. Now I do. I’d have taken this apartment anyway, but I nearly wet myself with glee when I first saw the kitchen. Right from the start working in here […]

Easily amused

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

The books we read, and what we do with them, reveal much about us. Checking in books from the overnight bookdrop this morning, one caught my eye. It has to be overdue, I thought as I ran it under the scanner. Sure enough, it was. The Procrastinator’s Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now […]

Rainy weekend in store

Friday, June 17th, 2005

If it’s June in Rochester and the weather’s Aprilish, then the LPGA is in town. It’s been cold and damp since Tuesday. It’s forecast to be so until Sunday, when the damned golfers leave. Whereas last week I was disappointed that the thunderstorms happened only when I was inside, (since it was so hot and […]

The time traveler’s wife

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

I don’t always have first crack at a new book. A day or two before new books are put out, they appear on a cart in the work room behind the circ desk so the staff can look them over. They’re already wrapped, labelled, stickered, stamped and bar-coded, so they’re no longer virginal, but still, […]