Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ye Olde and Ye New Public Library


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If you borrow a book from the public library on your e-reader you'll quickly find out that the library lendeth and on the due date the library taketh away.


"A Clockwork Universe" was 'takethed' away from me yesterday.

One minute I finished the book, (luckily), and was reading the acknowledgements, the next minute it was gone.

Just like that.


Disappeared.


Kaput.



There's none of the old, "Oh I think I'll keep the book a few extra days and pay a nickel fine" stuff anymore.

So I didn't get to do my blog on Galileo's Awesome Infinity Theory.


The new Public Library is very efficient.

And so impolite it feels totally  not Canadian.

I think there should have been a pleasant little warning. 

 Something like:


Dear  Patron,
Please read faster and take whatever notes you need because we are taking out book back in 10 minutes. Thank-you.

Sincerely yours,
The Public Library

I've worked in many libraries.  I think my favourite was the old Whitehorse, Yukon Library with its library cat curled up in one of the comfy chairs that sat around the roaring fireplace in the middle of the room.

Sigh.



I'm all for progress, but progress can sometimes leave you cold.











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