My friend Travis, who is on staff at our church, told me a few days ago that the library has the best internet connection in the whole building. That the library is only incidentally hi-tech is very fitting. B & I were joking that we should put up a sign that said "VFC Library-Come for the wi-fi, stay for the Dewey Decimal."


franny said...

Haha the sign should say "It's a library. DUH !" which is my version of, of COURSE the internet connection is great in here ! This is the room for information !

And will it really be in Dewey ? Do you need a cataloger ? (Someone told me that my attention to detail would make me a terrific cataloger--actually, it was a cataloger--but the work is tedious and time consuming and has very little to do with the transfer of information).

Aaaand I will be at work all day when you are in my neighborhood :( That makes me sad.

rosa said...

well, the library is all ready kitted out in full Dewey regalia, thanks to the tireless cataloging of previous L.O.P.L. (little old presbyterian ladies). I was told by an ardent Quaker who showed up at the ministry fair that we should
switch to library software. (Apparently the SC Quakers have a really big library). But I think I'm feeling curiously Ludite-ish with this little library-it's still pretty small, and books are most easily found by simply perusing the shelves. So maybe someday we'll upgrade. Until then, it's card catalogue all the way.

smalls said...

It would make my day every Sunday if I were to walk by that sign...

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.