Tag Archives: libraries

  1. Guy-Ropes, Guy Fawkes, and Guys Read

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    May 29, 2015 by libroshombre

    Curious about the origin of the term “guy,” as in “Guys Read Program,” I turned to my trusty edition of …
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  2. Paying Homage to Marie of France, Edna of Abilene, and ILL

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    May 12, 2015 by libroshombre

    Let’s pay homage to our library’s interlibrary loan system (ILL). Through its services we can borrow practically any book on …
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  3. Authoritative Answers, Questionable Acts, and Small-minded Men

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    March 19, 2015 by libroshombre

    “Ask Us Anything” is a regular feature of Popular Science Magazine written by Daniel Engber that might be offering more …
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  4. Old Water, Tear Topography, and Why Geezers Grin

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    December 25, 2014 by libroshombre

    “Water is the driving force of all nature,” observed Leonardo da Vinci, and earth’s water predates the sun, according to …
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  5. Phantoms, Idiots, and Restrooms

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    December 18, 2014 by libroshombre

    Old Fort Phantom’s remains stand on a rise just north of Abilene, Texas, where I grew up. We boys usually …
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  6. Tyrannio the Rapscallion Librarian

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    December 7, 2014 by libroshombre

    “Tyrannio” would be a great name for a library director, and, in fact, it was. His real name was Theophrastus, …
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  7. Space Elevators, Project Hieroglyph, and Borges’ Libraries

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    August 21, 2014 by libroshombre

    It takes big dreams to make big things happen. Take spaceelevators, for example. “Space Elevators Are Totally Possible,” an online …
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  8. Duck Bill Hickok, the Influential Rich, and Public Libraries

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    July 31, 2014 by libroshombre

    The first wild west shootout occurred 99 years ago last week when the gambler Bill Hickok and cowboy David Tutt …
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  9. Brewer’s, Jenkin’s Ear, and How Far Athletes Run

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    June 26, 2014 by libroshombre

    Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, that thick collection of concise explanations and curiosities is perfect for lazy, rainy June …
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  10. Thesauri, the Appendix, and Productive Yawning

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    May 29, 2014 by libroshombre

    There are some who think libraries are simply “warehouses for books,” when in fact they’re more akin to thesauri. Roget …
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