Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Great Weather for Ducks ... and Pukekos

It is finally light enough for me to cycle to and from work again. Although it's still winter I've had three enjoyable rides in the past week. Today it was damp as I rode along the track. There weren't many people about but the pukeko were out and about in force. I counted 30 pukeko around the expressway wetland area. Some pukeko are skittish but the odd one, like a little fellow today, just stroll across the path in front of my bike. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thai Football Boys Cave Rescue

First they survived 10 days deep inside a cave in Thailand, then the world waited and wondered if they would make it out alive, and finally after a mammoth rescue operation all twelve boys and their coach are out and safe. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Shelving Stuff Ups

It seems to be a case of all brawn and no brain. The people responsible for putting the shelves back into place after the carpet laying at the library have become worse and worse at the job the further they progress through the library. The teen book shelves were a complete muddle this morning. The shelving units weren't in the correct position, the individual shelves weren't in the correct slots, shelves weren't aligned and the books weren't even in alphabetical order. How hard is A,B,C? Why would you place books upside down and back to front? I'm not sure if the workers are stupid, lazy, careless or all three. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Failed to get Fired

Darn it, I tried but failed to get fired today.  The job I most dislike at the library is doing the banking. There was a significant discrepancy between to the totals, Betty was away and neither Nisa nor I could figure out where the mistake was. We had to call the council accountant over to help. He is new and unfamiliar with the library banking system but he was very nice about it and helped us solve the problem. I asked if he would fire me from the banking but he just laughed (but I meant it, I really did). The frustrating thing is that it took Nisa & I two hours to do the banking, time we could have spent on other things e.g. sorting out the mess the movers left of the shelves after the re-carpeting. Between the banking and the wonky, muddled shelves it's a rather frustrating week. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Cable Car Wellington

It was a cold (-2°C) and frosty morning and I shivered on the platform waiting for the train to Wellington. However it was a  beautiful sunny day to take a train ride down the coast and a cable car ride up to Kelburn. It was also a work day so the cable car ride had a purpose - to help plan the Beyond the Page event for the July school holidays. It was great to do something different today, to meet some librarians from Wellington City Libraries and Wellington was looking its best. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Prime Minister's Baby Born Today

Congratulations to our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and her partner, Clarke Gayford, whose baby girl was born today. A little winter solstice arrival.

Monday, June 18, 2018

New Carpet in the Library

Wooden framework was constructed to hold the metal lighting supports in place when the shelving below was removed to recarpet part of the fiction section. 

Fortunately the wooden framework held when part of the lighting support buckled - although some manpower was also required to stop it collapsing completely!