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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Get Thee To a Library!

Had a fascinating morning in the library with the girls. A class was being given about the library, how the books are arranged(remember Dewey Decimal?), how to find a book that you want and how to find books in a given subject. Guess what?! Those old card files? They're gone! I loved those card files when I was a kid.

Anyhoo - it's all on computer now. This is the digital age, afterall! Grizzly Mama needs to get with it. Get hip. Get now.

You can search for a book at the library from the comfort of your own home. You can reserve a book, know if the book is on the shelf before making a trip, access TONS of incredible information, let the kids play some online games. It's even better than when *I* was a kid!

Find your neighborhood Philly branch here.

For those in Delaware County.

Go on now! Go get that library card, get on that database, and start searching!


Blogger Mike's America said...

Libraries? I can find and read a dozen sources online quicker than I can drive the ten minutes to my local library.

15 November, 2005 00:42  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Yes - but there is something about the smell of the libraray. The books. Finding a quiet nook and flipping through the pages. Those plastic covers they put on the books at libraries...it's totally cool. Don't you think?

PLUS - in order for Grizzly Mama to fall asleep at night she must read! The Weekly Standard only lasts so many nights.

When you have kids, Mike, you will familiarize yourself with the library again. I hadn't been to the library in years until my first was about 3 years old. Now we go quite often - lots of activities for them. They love the books!

15 November, 2005 00:53  
Blogger Mike's America said...

You're right about that smell Monica, I think it's MOLD!

15 November, 2005 10:06  
Blogger "Alice" said...

You know what's cool too? You can renew on line. We love going to the library. Got tired of buying books; give me a book to read before bed everynight of the weeks.

Hey Mike...are you sure that's not you you're smelling? Hahaha.

15 November, 2005 10:49  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I had no idea until yesterday, Alicenot. I'm amazed!

It's not mold Mike! LOL! Get to know your library, Mike - you'll thank yourself. Trust me. I know things.

15 November, 2005 11:24  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

I love our library's computer system! Just one click, and poof! I've renewed all the books.

15 November, 2005 14:33  
Blogger tshsmom said...

No card catalogs stops me from dropping into the library now. We only have 2 computers in ours and they're always tied up. With the card catalogs, 100 people at a time could be looking up things.
The system IS fantastic if you search for what you want BEFORE you leave home. Our library system doesn't let you renew online, but it's great for reserving books or ordering books from a member branch.

Mike, how can you NOT get into book smells? Besides, I can't get all cozy in my recliner, wrapped up in an afghan, with a computer.

15 November, 2005 16:33  
Blogger Thrasher said...

Heh... card catalogues... My first ITBS test had a section about the card catalogue. I had never heard of it before, and I didn't know what it was used for... luckily, I still got about half of the questions right.

Turns out that our library doesn't have the card catalogue anymore either. I never used it; I only happened to see it once when my mom, in an attempt to ensure that I don't live a sheltered life, took it upon herself to show me the card catalogue. :-D

I wasn't impressed with it. Nor was I impressed with the ITBS... the hardest section of the thing involved an obsolete system for finding books in your local library... And this finds its way onto a Standard Achievement Test? Ah well.


Okay, so after reading the comments... maybe it's not so obsolete after all. It's just obsolete in our town, where the computers in the library could very well outnumber the books themselves... It appears I'm simply spoiled. ;-P

16 November, 2005 11:01  
Blogger Toad734 said...

And you can thank Liberals for keeping your library records secure from illegal searches by the government.

16 November, 2005 12:46  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

I bet we could all find "troll" in a card catalog...and not too far from "toad," either.

16 November, 2005 13:59  
Blogger City Troll said...

Thats right we can do reaserch just like mohamed atta and no one will ever know...Maybe Next time they'll fly into toads house

16 November, 2005 14:59  
Blogger Anna said...

We love our library not only for the books, but for the CDs and DVDs!

17 November, 2005 08:17  
Blogger MonicaR said...

I know what you mean, Anna. $1 to rent a dvd. Free to borrow software for the kids. We do it all the time. It's nice to check out some of the game cd's without paying an arm and a leg to buy it.

18 November, 2005 18:00  

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