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Friday, July 20, 2007 [[Dewey approaches Tamars who looks a little sad.]] / Dewey: I'm feeling a little down today. / Tamara: Et tu, Dewey? / Dewey: Actually, I've decided to let you do your thing. / Tamara: [[looking excited]] Really? / Dewey: [[backing away with his hands out defensively as Tamara walks towards him.]] Yes....
Saturday, July 21, 2007 [[A mother and son watch as Dewey is being chased around the library by Tamara.]] / [[Dewey and Tamara run past in one direction.]] / [[Dewey and Tamara run past in the other direction.]] / [[Tamara has caught Dewey and is tickling him.]] / Son: I'm not sure if this means "Librarian" is the best job...
Sunday, July 22, 2007 The Unshelved Book Club presents "The Devil you know" by Mike Carey. / [[Several office workers are gathered around a table.]] / Dewey: In London the dead outnumber the living-ghosts, zombies and worse. / Most aren't a problem. When they are, call someone like Felix Castor. / But Castor's been off the...
Monday, July 23, 2007 [[Library patron that looks vaguely like Harry Potter]] / Patron: I'm looking for a book. I prefer fantasy novels, but set in the present day. / Patron: It should be funny but emotionally resonant. Kids, maybe an orphan or two, fighting evil against mounting odds. / Patron: I like thick books I...
Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Dewey: Let me get this straight. You just finished "The Chronicles of Narnia" and you're looking for something more modern, with a sense of fun. / Patron: Yup! / Dewey: Okay, I'll bite. What about Harry Potter? / Patron: Any relation to Beatrix? / Dewey: Excuse me. [[Yells to someone else]] You'll...
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Dewey: You've never heard of Harry Potter? / Patron: Nope. / Dewey: Most popular series of, like, all time. / Patron: Sorry. / Dewey: Adored by kids and adults alike the world over? / Patron: Not this one. / Dewey: Have you been in a *cocoon*? Do you *hibernate*? / Patron: I just read a lot.
Thursday, July 26, 2007 Patron: You make this "Harry Potter" sound like the most important book in the world! / Dewey: It's not. But it's quite good. And very popular. / Patron: Well I must say it sounds exactly like my sort of book! / Dewey: Great, I'll put you on the waiting list for the first volume. / Patron: But you...
Friday, July 27, 2007 [[orange stains visible on carpet]] / Tamara: Someone's been dripping on my carpet! / [[orange stains visible on book spines & top of book shelf]] / Tamara: Someone's been dripping on my books! / [[patron sitting at computer, with orange popsicle, orange stains on face, hand, desk, and computer keyboard]] / Tamara:...
Saturday, July 28, 2007 Tamara: There's no food allowed in the library / Patron: My mom says this isn't food. It's empty calories / Tamara: Well, that especially isn't allowed. / [[Dewey leans in from off-frame]] / Dewey: Donuts! Donuts in the staff room! / Patron: Can I finish my popsicle? / Tamara [[defeated]]: Just try not...
Sunday, July 29, 2007 - Unshelved Book Club - Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson The Unshelved Book Club presents "Mouse Guard: Fall 1152" by David Peterson / Dewey: The Mouse Guard help the mice live safely. They keep the borders secure and find paths between villages. / Tamara: That's nice. I bet those sweet little mice need protection. / Dewey: Exactly -- they live in a dangerous...
 
Monday, July 30, 2007 Mel: It's official. We're no longer "The heart of the community" / Tamara: But that's our slogan! / Mel: Not any more. The city council just gave it to the mall. / Dewey: Don't you mean "transplanted"? / Mel: We need to find a new organ for our library! / Dewey: I really never know what to expect when...
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 [[Discussing a new slogan for the library]] / Tamara: How about "The Library: Hypothalamus of the community"? / Dewey: I don't even know what that *does*. / Colleen: It regulates metabolic processes, controls autonomic functions, controls the release of hormones, and serves as a link between the nervous...
Wednesday, August 01, 2007 [[discussing a new slogan for the library]] / Dewey: How about "Library: *Gut* of the community" / Mel: Let's stick to organs with better p.r. / Dewey: "Guts" connotes bravery. / Tamara: "Spleen": It's a resevoir, like us! / Dewey: I edited my original suggestion: "Bowels." / Colleen: "Liver": because it...
Thursday, August 02, 2007 [[discussing a new slogan for the library]] / Mel: Our debate took too long. The rest of the town snatched up all the good organs. / Buddy: The pet store got "sacrum" / Tamara: Did we get "stem cells"? / Dewey: Is it "brain"? I still think that's too exclusive. / Colleen: "The Library: coccyx of the ...
Friday, August 03, 2007 Patron: But that is a picture ID! / Dewey: No, it's an adoption certificate. / Patron: Do you have a problem with adoption? / Mel [[pushing Dewey aside]]: Of course not! We'll take care of your daughter right away! / Mel: What's wrong with you? / Dewey: I just wasn't comfortable issuing a library card...
 
Saturday, August 04, 2007 [[Mel and Randy standing in front of a set of book shelves with books placed on them topsy-turvy.]] / Randy: My motto is "shelve 'em all and let God sort 'em out."
Sunday, August 05, 2007 The Unshelved Book Club presents "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" by Michael Pollan / {{This strip is drawn entirely in un-inked pencil.}} / Tamara [[ holding up a copy of the book]]: This book is an attempts to help us understand the choices we face (or don't acknowledge)...
Monday, August 06, 2007 [[An angry patron is talking to Dewey at the computer at the reference desk]] / Patron: The way your library organizes books makes no sense! / Dewey: It's based on sound principles of logic. / Patron: I don't realize this was the Vulcan Public Library. / Dewey [[smiling]]: It's simple, really. Just...
Tuesday, August 07, 2007 [[An angry female patron is talking to Dewey, at the reference desk]] / Female Patron [[Throwing her arms out]]: Would it kill you to put up a few signs in here? / Dewey: It might, so we're playing it safe. / Female Patron [[looking away, over her shoulder]]: I can't even find the bathroom! / Dewey:...
Wednesday, August 08, 2007 Mel: Let's say it was easy to find what you wanted. / Dewey [[holding his hands to his head]]: I will try to envision this fantastical reality you describe. / Mel: You'd go right to what you were looking for. You'd never find anything else! / Mel: Our system may be complex, but it breeds discovery! / Dewey...
 
Thursday, August 09, 2007 Mel: I agree that it's too hard to find things in our library. But I don't want to put signs everwhere. / Mel: [[holding up a dollhouse version of the library.]] So I spent the whole weekend building this scale model of the library. It's accurate in every detail! / Dewey: Nice. But how does it help...
Friday, August 10, 2007 Mel [[head hanging]]: I give up. You're right. We need more signs. / Dewey [[hand on her shoulder]]: No, it's fine the way it is. / Mel: Really? / Dewey [[giving a thumbs up]]: Absolutely. / [[Mel walks away smiling]] / Tamara: I thought you WANTED more signs. / Dewey: The last time she was like...
Saturday, August 11, 2007 [[Dewey and Tamara stand back to back at computers. A coffee cup sits by Dewey's elbow.]] / Dewey: I'll be right back. / [[Tamara continues working by herself.]] / [[Dewey returns. Tamara continues working.]] / Dewey: You don't buy coffee, you just rent -- / Tamara: Stop.
Sunday, August 12, 2007 The Unshelved Book Club presents "THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP" by Rick Yancey / Buddy: I know why you recommended this book to me. / Dewey: Oh? / Buddy: It's about a big, dumb guy. Like me. / Dewey: Well Alfred Kropp IS big. Off the growth charts. Before she died his mother said he...
Monday, August 13, 2007 Dewey: I wouldn't use the word "repulsive." / Ned: The color scheme made my eyes bleed. / Mel: What are you talking about? / Ned: Your website. / Mel: Our website has stood the test of time! It gets dozens of hits every month! / Ned [[to Dewey]]: Can you at least stop the strobe effect? / Dewey [[reading...
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 [[Mel walks up to Dewey who is working on the computer.]] / Mel: Dewey. Good news! I found our new website designer! / Dewey: How much is it going to cost us? / [[Mel disappears.]] / [[Mel comes back.]] / Mel: Dewey. Good news! You're our new website designer! / [[Dewey frowns.]]
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Mel: I want our new website to list all our events and activities, with librarian blogs, social networking, and message boards, crafted in concert with our community's needs and standards. / Dewey: Budget? / Mel: None. / Dewey: Resources? / Mel: None. / Dewey: Unreasonable timeline? / Mel: Tomorrow. / Dewey:...
Thursday, August 16, 2007 [[Mel and Dewey are looking at a computer screen.]] / Mel: This website is amazing! / Dewey: I know. / Mel: It has everything I asked for! / Dewey: I know. / Mel: How long did it take you to do this? / Dewey: No time at all. This is Empire County's website. / Mel: Oh. How long will it take you to do...
Friday, August 17, 2007 [[Tamara approaches Dewey while he is working on the computer]] / Tamara: Can I request a feature for our new website? / Dewey: Less is more. / Tamara: Excuse me? / Dewey: Simplicity is king. I'm adding by subtracting. So tell me what feature you want me to get rid of / Tamara: Oh. Uh, the personal...
Saturday, August 18, 2007 [[Ned and Dewey are at a computer terminal]] / Ned: I heard YOU'RE responsible for the new library website. / Dewey: Yes. Yes I am. / Ned: It's blank except for a link to the catalogue and one notice. / Dewey: Yes. Yes it is. / Ned: It's useless! / Dewey: Not true. It's of small but measurable use. / Dewey:...
 

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