Friday, 20 February 2009

Stars of page and screen

I was in Swansea central library this afternoon and just had to take a picture of the staff dressed up in "Hollywood Glamour" to promote the DVD service (it is Oscar night you know!)

A regular contributor to this blog has commented before that a "disproportionately high percentage of both male & female SCL staff members are extremely attractive" and I must say, I have to agree!

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Extra special reason to be cheerful

Comment number 73 on the One Show piece below reads:

73. At 8:53pm on 09 Feb 2009, Maggietilt wrote:
Very interested in your article about libraries. Swansea has a new library opened last year. It is the best I've ever come across. Books in the fiction section are set out in genre eg crime, historic novels, family saga. A wonderful children's section, can't wait to take the grandson on his visit at Easter. Upstairs in the non fiction section there are plenty of newspapers and magazines with comfortable seating areas overlooking Swansea Bay to the Mumbles. And then when you've finished in the library there is a great cafe to enjoy a coffee. Books can be signed out electronically and returned in the same way, no queing. I can order and renew books on line. Best of all the library is open on Sundays, it was full last Sunday. Swansea really deserve praise for getting their library so right - well done.

What a lovely warm glow of satisfaction...

Reasons to be cheerful...1, 2, 3

1. The comments on this piece

2. The relaunched singles night at Swansea Central Library - it's back! Friday Feb 13th 6pm-8pm

3. Swansea missed the snow this time so Jeremy Strong should be able to get here...

Monday, 2 February 2009

A chicken walks into a library...

( I heard this joke the other day, as told by Joni Mitchell during a radio interview)

A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the circulation desk and says: "book, bok, bok, boook". The librarian hands the chicken a book. It tucks it under his wing and runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws the first book into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: "book, bok, bok, bok, boook". Again the librarian gives it a book, and the chicken runs out. The librarian shakes her head. Within a few minutes, the chicken is back, returns the book and starts all over again: "boook, book, bok bok boook". The librarian gives him yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door, she follows it. The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank. There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: "Book, bok, bok, boook". The frog blinks, and croaks: "read-it, read-it, read-it".

Reasons to be cheerful..1, 2, 3

1. It's not snowing....much.... so all libraries remain open to the good people of Swansea

2. Our new online catalogue is now live... feedback most welcome to iron out teething troubles

3. Jeremy Strong (!) is coming to Central Library next week - we can't wait!!