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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Human on holiday

My female human is a librarian by profession. She has gathered a huge pile of books to read on her holiday (a professional illness*), and now has about four weeks to complete the task.

I wonder why she's not making much progress?
*Most of the librarians do this. You spend 11 months selecting new items to acquire, preparing new items for public use after they've arrived, choosing books for book talks, suggesting reading, arranging book displays, retrieving information from various databases, ordering interlibrary loans, answering "Ask a Librarian" questions, shelving books, talking about books, and constantly bumping into books (I've got the bruises to prove it). Eight hours a day, five days a week, plus the reading time it takes to prepare for book talks. It's impossible to avoid finding hidden treasures. "Oooooh! A young adult novel about suffragettes and slavery! And a history of Finnish youth voluntary work during WW2... a book of apron patterns... new Ella book by Timo Parvela... Buddhist psychology... British gang culture..."

Our holidays are way too short. A lifetime is too short to read them all.


Blogger houndstooth said...

My mom says she understands all too well! She used to work in a library and a book store! She says she's accepted that she will never read all the books that she wants to.

I hope you and your human enjoy her break!


5:16 am  
Blogger terriknits said...

Such a cute photo! Enjoy your holiday! We will have ours at the end of September.

2:03 am  
Blogger IHateToast said...

i loved helping the librarian where i taught. we'd co-teach when i covered decimals. the media centre was much loved.

have you heard about the read to a dog program? they often use greys because they're so placid.

12:56 pm  

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