Check out this sign. If this appeared outside a grammar school, one might conclude that the author had not graduated
from that institution. However, this sign appears multiple times outside our new public library. When I learned grammar
more than 50 years ago (yikes!), a plural subject required a plural verb. Has that changed during the last half
century? - The Curmudgeon Many things have changed in 50 years. For instance, phones no longer require cords. A
person's address includes an @" sign rather than a street number. And DDT was a highly recommended garden product.
(Yikes!) But the rules of grammar have not undergone significant revision in our lifetime. A plural subject still
requires a plural verb.
Oh my. The sign should read 'are,'" Sherry Taber said when reached by cell phone last week as the library director
was driving to Albuquerque.
When she gets back from her trip, Taber will have the library facilities manager install new, correct signs.
I'm not sure how that one happened, but we will correct it," she said.
See? Writing to Action Line and e-mailing a photo is how to get things done around here!
I'm confused about the book-return machine at our wonderful new library. Why the conveyor belt option along with the
standard drop slot"? The drop slot is quicker and doesn't require people to get out of their cars at the
drive-though. The fancy conveyor belt seems a little much. I know it's great entertainment for children, in addition
to all the great entertaining and educational things the library has for us all. But does the library really need it?
- Bryant L.
Let's be careful. We're getting dangerously close to violating the 11th Commandment of Durango: Thou shall not speak
ill of the public library.
But it's a fair question.
The old-style drop slot is a backup in case of conveyor-belt malfunction, which has been an annoying occurrence of
It's been giving us fits," admitted Taber, library director.
However, the automated materials-handling system is a dandy piece of technology that saves money and boosts
efficiency, she said.
When you put a book on the conveyor belt, the system automatically scans it, checks it in, issues a return receipt
and takes it to the appropriate bin for reshelving or to the on-hold desk.
It saves staff a lot of time when they don't have to check in and sort," Taber said. It also minimizes the number
of new staff we would need for the larger library."
In addition, the automated system really has made a big difference in how quickly we can get materials out and
available for circulation," Taber said.
Is the automated check-in necessary? One could pine for the days when every library book had clunky checkout cards on
the inside back cover and a rubber-stamped due-date slip.
But those were the days of landlines, no Internet and better living through toxic pesticides. Who wants to go back to
The Mea Culpa Mailbag waxes nostalgic this week.
A recent column invited readers to stroll down Memory Lane and recall long-gone landmarks and the Durango High School
parking lot's checkered past.
Ah, yes. The 'Million Dollar Parking Lot.' That was brought up for 20 years every time 9-R wanted another
dime," points out loyal reader and longtime resident Bill.
lot from Blockbuster? Or what used to be across the street from Peerless?" he asks.
My problem is that's still how I navigate. I remember the used-to-be's better than the present."
Regarding the previous name of DHS parking lot, do you mean Alert Supply? Or what it was before that?
Safeway?" writes Rick Feeney, another longtime local.
think, the late '70s."
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