The Library: Decidedly Not the Post Office

  A phone call I received earlier this week: Me: Benbrook Library, how can I help you? Patron: Did you know that I haven’t gotten any mail in three days? Nobody on my street has gotten any either. It just stopped coming. What is going on? *Brief expectant pause* Me (sympathetic, but confused): I’m sorry […]

Searching for Hay in a Haystack

Part of the beauty of a digital library catalog is that you can use whatever search terms you want to quickly search all fields in an item’s record. Of course, there’s no guarantee your search will yield results. Usually, being too specific is what gets you in trouble, such as a search for “how to […]

Use the Library With Confidence

Last week, my wife and I took a trip to San Diego, home of Ron Burgundy himself. The weather was perfect, the beaches were picturesque, and the panda population was nonzero, so while it would have been nice to stay indefinitely, we did eventually have to return to our boiling hot, panda-less home city. Being […]

Adults, Embrace the Summer With Summer Reading-o

  Summer is here. For kids, that means no school and more time for friends, camps, pools, and the buffet of wonders that is the library’s children’s summer reading program (learn all about it here). For adults, it means a different season in which to continue your workaday life…unless you’re a teacher, in which case […]

The Library Rocks Out

Benbrook rocks. Perhaps not as figuratively as Cleveland, or as literally as geology, but it does in fact rock. We’ve got the rocks to prove it. Over the past few weeks, several painted rocks (pictured above) have curiously appeared outside the library. It was initially the greatest mystery in rock(s) since the Canadian rock band […]

Beautify Your Writing

  Of all the side effects, from the positive to the galactically annoying, of the inescapable, remorseless digital takeover of seemingly all aspects of our lives, perhaps one of the more overlooked consequences has been the hit our handwriting has taken. Typing and texting pretty much all of our communicated words have made us rusty […]

The Library Makes a Move for Chess

There’s something about a chess board that really classes up a joint. Maybe it’s the elegant black and white color scheme. Maybe it’s the fact that it is commonly regarded as an intelligent person’s game (people who get out-strategized at something are often said to have been playing checkers while they’re opponents played chess). Whatever […]

Step Right Up: The Circus is Coming to the Library

The smell of popcorn. The awe-inspiring feats of the performers. The joyful (or unsettling, depending on your perspective) antics of those daffy, laffy clowns. Yes, the circus has all the stuff cherished childhood memories are made of. We invite you and the whole family to join us this Saturday, May 6 at 2 PM to […]

TLA 2017 Highlights

The Riverwalk was teeming with librarians last week during the 2017 Texas Library Association Annual Conference, and I walked among them. These are my notable takeaways: -In a session on marketing “like a professional,” the speaker expressed her disdain for using Microsoft Word to create a flyer. “Word kind of makes me want to rip […]

Learn Some Forgotten Immigration History at the Library

Immigration has long been a hot-button issue in the United States, and debate about it is especially heated right now. While it’s yet to be seen just how things will play out with the proposed Pink Floydian initiative at the U.S. – Mexico border, we can (and should) look at the experiences of immigrants and […]

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