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Initial post: Apr 16, 2013 9:02:40 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 9:03:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2013 9:15:45 PM PDT
I've moved us outside to a lovely park on a gorgeous spring day. It's neither too hot nor cold with brilliant blue skies, soft green grass and just a sprinkling of puffy white clouds overhead. Colorful flowers, shrubs & trees (all pollen free) line the walkways and are sprinkled throughout for those wishing to take a stroll. Birdsong can be heard throughout the park. At one end is a pond complete with ducks and other kinds of wildlife (free food machines available for feeding), lined with comfortable padded benches for readers. On the other side is a tiered fountain for those who prefer to read with the sound of gently flowing water as a background. Plentiful seating is available in this area.

You will find blankets with soft padding underneath on raised platforms scattered throughout the park each with a loaded picnic basket filled with goodies and beverages as well as lots of other nooks to curl up with a good book in. Some have cd stations or iPod docks for those folks who'd like a bit of music to read along to. Several concession stands with a variety of food/beverage choices are located within the park as well as "comfort stations" and all are free today for FB&C users.

We're here now because a bookmobile is parked at the entrance. Let's join the celebration (and maybe make a donation) for- National Bookmobile Day 2013

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Bookmobiles at a Glance
Background
Held on the Wednesday of National Library Week since 2010, National Bookmobile Day (NBD) recognizes and celebrates the role of bookmobiles and direct delivery outreach services in fulfilling the mission of libraries. An integral and vital part of library service in the United States for over 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology and resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life. National Bookmobile Day is sponsored by the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS), the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). The third annual National Bookmobile will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

A Brief History
Modern bookmobile service is thought to have its roots in the late 19th Century. The first bookmobile service in the U.S. is widely acknowledged to have started in 1905 by Mary Lemist Titcomb in Washington County, Maryland. Titcomb, the first librarian of the Washington County Free Library, saw the need to expand library services from the main location in Hagerstown to homes across the largely rural county. Initially, the service saw materials distributed to general stores, post offices and other locations throughout the county via the library's wagon which served 66 locations.

Unsatisfied by this, Titcomb sought to create what she referred to as a "Library Wagon" and began consulting with wagon makers to design a purpose-built horse-drawn wagon. Staffed by a librarian and a driver, the new Library Wagon began its service, visiting farms and homes across the county. In 1912, the county acquired its first motorized bookmobile and the service over time has been expanded from rural service to stops at senior citizen centers, schools and other locations, and continues to present day.

In India, the concept of a mobile library was introduced in 1931 during a meeting of the Madras Library Association. Promoted by S.R. Ranganathan, considered "The Father of Library Science" in India, this two-wheeled cart, the first mobile library in Southern Asia, echoed his ideals of library service as a means to help improve rural education.

Bookmobiles can be found around the world, in many different forms from the familiar bus or van-like vehicles to other means of transport including a
biblioburro in rural Colombia, a camel library service in Uganda, the M.S. Epos library ship in Norway and elephant libraries in Thailand.

Bookmobile Costs
According to the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, the average cost of a bookmobile is around $200,000. Bookmobiles can often be a cost- effective means of providing library services to large geographic areas, especially when compared to the cost of building and maintaining physical branches. In a recent report from the Wayne County, Ohio Library, the average cost of a bookmobile is approximately $200,000-$230,000, compared to the cost of constructing a library building, which averages around $1.6 million.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 9:07:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2013 10:04:05 PM PDT
Goodies for the Body:

Simple Chimichangas! - Chicken, Beef, or Pork
Ingredients-
8oz pkg. cream cheese
8oz. cheese, shredded
1 1/2 Tbsp. taco seasoning or I sometimes use allegro marinated chicken
1 lb. cooked chicken, pork or beef, shredded or can use ground beef
8 flour tortillas
cooking spray
For Topping (Optional):
lettuce
shredded cheddar cheese
green onions
sour cream
salsa
guacamole

Directions-
Stir together Cream Cheese, Shredded Cheese, and Taco Seasoning (or Allegro Marinated Chicken). Fold in the shredded/ground meat, Divide the mix into the tortillas and roll up. Spray the tops with cooking spray and bake for 30 minutes at 350. (Flip them at 15 minutes) Garnish and enjoy!!! :-)

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Jello Shots-
Ingredients
3/4 cup (180 mL) boiling water
1 3-ounce box pineapple Jello gelatin
1/4 cup (60 mL) cold water
1/2 cup (120 mL) vodka
1/4 cup (60 mL) butterscotch schnapps
1/4 cup (60 mL) Irish cream

1. Dissolve the gelatin into the boiling water in a large bowl.
2. Measure and pour the schnapps, vodka, Irish cream, and cold water into the bowl. Thoroughly stir until well mixed. Allow the mixture to cool a little.
3. Add a maraschino cherry in plastic shot cups.
4. Carefully pour the Jello mixture over the cherries.
5. Chill in the refrigerator to allow the mixture to fully set and harden.
Help yourselves...

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Goodies for the Mind:

Louis L'Amour- For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived.

Jorge Luis Borges- I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

Inscription at the Los Angeles Public Library- Books invite all; they constrain none.

Laura Bush, First Lady, 2002- Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.

Clifton Fadiman- "When you read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before."

Marcel Proust- There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without ever having lived them; those we spent with a favorite book.

Chinese proverb- A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Winnie the Pooh- Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

John Kieran- "I am a part of everything that I have read."

William Styron- "A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it."

Bert Williams- "Books had instant replay long before televised sports."

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)- "Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)- "A room without books is like a body without a soul."

Jane Hamilton- "It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can."

Helen Hayes- "From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings."

Attributed to Jean Cocteau- The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl-
So please, oh please, we beg we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

Ray Bradbury- Jules Verne was my father. H.G. Wells was my wise uncle. Poe was the batwinged cousin we kept in the attic. Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers were my brothers. And Mary Shelley was my mother. There you have my ancestry."

Dr. Samuel Johnson- "The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar and familiar things new."

Henry David Thoreau- "Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all."

Lemony Snicket- "You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down."

Charles Jones- "You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read."

Italo Calvino- "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."

W. H. Auden A real book is not one that's read, but one that reads us.

Thomas Jefferson- I cannot live without books.

Edmund Wilson- No two people read the same book.

Carl Sagan- One of the greatest gifts adults can give--to their offspring and to their society--is to read to children.

Abraham Lincoln- My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.

Louis A. Safian- You can't tell a book by its movie.

Lee Glickstein- I've been in love three hundred times in my life, and all but five were with books.

Charles Scribner, Jr.- Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 9:09:00 PM PDT
My first 2 picks of the day to get us started:

Dreams Unleashed (Dreams Unleashed, Book 1 of The Prophecies Dystopian Trilogy)- Science Fiction
Synopsis of The Prophecies Trilogy:
It's the near future, and society is government controlled. Technology tracks everyone, and personal privacy does not exist. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative. When her powers release the seal of The Prophecies, she becomes a weapon against the government, which relentlessly pursues her.

Confinement (Book #1 in the Love and Madness Series)- Suspense
Set in an experimental hospital for the criminally insane in the 1950s, CONFINEMENT is loosely based on the author's one year residency in a psychiatric center, when lobotomies and other equally cruel treatments were rampant, and when the highly-experimental "Insulin Therapy" was in vogue.

Duffino, an attractive girl in her early 20s, is sent to a mental hospital when she refuses to defend herself at trial for the highly publicized, gang-related murder of her boyfriend's rival. Refusing to speak, Duffino is ordered locked-up until she's willing to talk.

The richness of the story unfolds with Duffino's relationship to the other inmates, all in for violent crimes, including her obese roommate, Charlotte, sentenced for murdering a nun. Charlotte becomes obsessed with Duffino, and will not let up until she speaks.The inmates slowly come to learn why they did the crimes they did, as they make us question the true nature of guilt.

Between the horrifying treatments, the group therapy sessions, the flashbacks to violent crimes, the question of whether Duffino will talk, and the constant hope of escape, CONFINEMENT is a page-turning psychological thriller, in the vein of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

And for Andre Norton collectors- Gryphon in Glory (Witch World (High Hallack Series)) (I already have this one)

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 9:43:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2013 9:45:53 PM PDT
As it has been quiet in here for over 40 minutes now, I'm going to go ahead and head off to dreamland. I'll be back in the morning and on & off throughout the day, but I'm wishing those turning in now sweet dreams and to those just awakening an incredible day as well as their first cup of coffee, tea or beverage of choice on my way out...

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 9:50:11 PM PDT
Lyn says:
Great start. Yes, this is the quiet hour. See you in the morning.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 9:56:06 PM PDT
I got a card in the mail today...It says

I'm grateful for so many things-----
clearance sales,
2-for-1 sales,
half-off sales,
end -of -year sales,
holiday sales,
but,
most of all,
I'm grateful for you....

(on the inside of the card)
...because it's no fun
shopping alone!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2013 10:35:56 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy - great !!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2013 10:36:57 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ SDR
Thanks for the start - love the ambience - now I am lost within the bookmobile ;-)

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 11:33:11 PM PDT
Thank you for getting us started today Marla!

As a young girl my mother did not drive and we didn't have a library near. What we did have was a bookmobile that came and parked within walking distance of our house every other Saturday. We were allowed to check out 10 books at a time and I left every week with 10 books to struggle back home with. It was always worth it and I would have taken more if possible. LOL I always looked forward to those Saturdays and remember them with great fondness.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 11:36:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2013 11:45:26 PM PDT
Coffee or tea (hot chocolate maybe?) anyone while you choose your books today.......
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Posted on Apr 16, 2013 11:43:26 PM PDT
Oh my goodness guys!!!!! I missed my start day. :'( :'( :'''''(
I apologize. There is no acceptable excuse.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2013 11:58:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2013 12:01:37 AM PDT
Charlie, you are pushing yourself too hard, working very strenuous jobs throughout the early hours of the morning. There was an acceptable reason sweetie. You volunteered for something that you didn't have time to do...... You been doing that for a long time now.

It's time for you to take the time that you need to rest and prepare for the next step in your life. Slow down Charlie and smell the roses and have a wonderful day on Friday. Have Dave take lots of pictures and more than anything treasure this memory of success forever.

Wendy ❤

ETA..... Take a deep breath and remember we love you and are so very proud of you Charlie. THAT'S what is important and only that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:14:45 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Charlie-bird
Well we missed you but knew that the reason was that you were doing something else that was taking ALL of your time, (Robb had your back)
Try to take it easy, today you could just lurk, (but we love your posts.)
Hoping all is well with you, Take care

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:17:20 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ LOB
Good morning (well it is for me !!)
Hope your meds are treating you well/better ♥
You are doing really well "over there" I am most impressed.☺ (that is meant to be a little smileyface Alt+1 on number-pad)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:24:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2013 12:36:35 AM PDT
Good morning redandwhite! Technically it is morning for too as it is now after midnight. LOL

Thank you. Your help was invaluable as well as Susan's. somehow it just clicked and now I am feeling more in the groove. Things really seemed to come together today. I'll do some more work later today, but I'm pleased with where I am so far and never imagined to be at this point 2 days ago.

ETA.... NL's post reminded me. I meant to tell you that I could see your smiley face. Others here, as NL are going to be excited to read your new discoveries. Now can you please work out the issues with my coffee cup?

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 12:29:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 17, 2013 12:34:22 AM PDT
Morning, lovely FBaC'ers:)

ETA I see Murder at the War A Modern-Day Mystery with a Medieval Setting (Peter Brichter mystery) is free again - I read (and reviewed) that a while ago, it was quite funny and while the mystery definitely plays second fiddle to the setting, I recommend it. Reenactment seems like a lot of fun!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:31:29 AM PDT
Wow - learned something new there!

*runs off to play with Alt key and number pad*

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:33:19 AM PDT
Good morning NL! How are you today? How are the kids? Hopefully feeling well again.....

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:35:18 AM PDT
Morning, LoB, my kids are all well and we are enjoying a lovely spring day with the last of the snow melting away (I hope). How are you, have you been having health issues again? No fair, hope you are all better now!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:43:41 AM PDT
NL, my issues are ongoing unfortunately. My neurologist put me on two meds that didn't agree with me and caused awful side effects among other things. It's going to take a month, maybe more for these meds to work their way out of my body. Until then I will probably not feel well. I'm working on the detox to speed things up also so...... Fingers crossed!

So happy to hear that the kids are well and that Spring has sprung there.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 12:48:19 AM PDT
Oh, medicine interaction can be very tricky business, on top of "ongoing issues" (you are the queen of understatement as usual) that can be very taxing. Hope it sorts itself, glad you got some advice/help. Sending healing thoughts your way!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 1:01:30 AM PDT
It is kinda weird the symbols work on my laptop at home but they don't all work here at work..
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Posted on Apr 17, 2013 1:18:09 AM PDT
Thanks guys, when I signed on, I had more time. I still planned to do it though. I left work at 2 an, planning to go home and post. Well then this happened: (I am copy/paste a text - it's a longish story)
I had quite the eventful night last night! Almost home and some chick comes running up telling me she has no phone, please call cops. She left right away. Some guy completely wrecked into the turnaround (huge cement things on the freeway exits, we don't have them in Cali). I see the guy and he was bleeding really bad, so I stop. I use my shirt to stop bleeding (he thought it was a nosebleed, but soooo not, bleeding from cuts everywhere and mouth). Call 911, they want me to stay with him til cops come. Guy was completely wasted, said a car came out of nowhere and cut him off, but there is no way, where he was at... He tries walking off several times, tried starting the truck (in pieces, one wheel completely off the truck Haha). Finally a cop gets there, sees he's drunk. I tell him I didn't see the accident, stopped because he was hurt. Cop tells me they've been looking for him because he caused a major accident with injuries a few miles back and that's why it took so long to get to us. Out til almost 5 am.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 1:23:21 AM PDT
Good work! it's a good thing you were there, C-b!The thread was taken care of and the drunk driver stopped, so all in all a good job all around.
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