Greg Hill has written a little about libraries, books, and reading in local newspapers every week for over thirty years. That is, he writes about all sorts of odd and fascinating subjects that float by on the “rivers of knowledge” that were the public libraries he directed in Texas and Alaska. These intellectual tidbits and bizarre facts are spiked, every now and then, with small nuggets of information about libraries, reading, etc.
The Hill of Books website contains an extensive archive of Greg’s columns, and a new one is added every Thursday evening. Greg’s columns have always been freely distributed and he’s never received any renumeration for this activity. It’s an act of love and relaxation, pure and simple.
Two collections of Greg’s columns have been collected into (indexed!) books and are available from the Fairbanks Alaska Library Foundation (thelibraryfoundation.org) for a minimal fee, every bit of which goes to the Fairbanks Library Foundation coffers, and every penny of that goes to benefit the marvelous Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries.
I just received this query and wonder if you might have info. I’m forwarding this to a couple of Fbks librarian friends, as well.
Dear Phyllis Morrow,
Please forgive a message out of the blue. Your verse in Anu Garg’s Weekend Wordsmith Compilation, with accompanying address led me to wonder whether you are or were acquainted with former Fairbanks librarian, Barbara Gorman. She had been a subscriber to our Partners.in.Rhyme list for many years, but has dropped in the last few years, without a word. We worry that she may have reached a stage where she is unable to respond.
If the Fairbanks News-Miner or Alaska Dispatch have any record of Barbara Gorman, be it moving, nursing home, or demise, we would like to learn of it.
Thank you for any help you may offer.
I know Barbara well, Daniel. She still perking along and in an assistive living arrangement. I’ll try to find out where and let you know. Greg Hill