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So five weeks have passed since I started at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The things I've learned:
- Many of my colleagues share my passion for food. I'm going to attend a "cookbook club" at one of the branches. This month's topic? Cookbooks of Marc Vetri. Don't know what I'm making yet--or if they're even having the meeting, they had a minor flood at the facility.
- Patrons can be warm and ingratiating, grateful for your help, or they can be cold, condescending, and grating on your nerves--or both, or inbetween. Wherever they are on the spectrum, I give the best service I can.
- SIRSI, our integrated library system, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of creating reports.
- Not to take things so literally. That's been a failing of mine over the years, and has held me back in some ways. It's one thing to take things at face value--but I have to do so with eyes and ears wide open.
- My current position isn't what I expected, but I am learning to bloom where I'm planted.
- I have good ideas and have passed them on to people who are willing to run with them. Our participation in International Game Day was a big success, to hear all involved tell it
Time to go grocery shopping before The Game (Michigan-Ohio State). Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Mine will be typically busy--shopping, singing, playing, taking care of family business and pleasure. It's been nice having the kids home. Sarah and DJ will go back to college tomorrow, and I'll go back to work on Monday. Nice to be working again.
*--Herman Hupfeld, 1931; first recorded by Rudy Vallee, 1931.