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Dear friends, I know that several words come to mind when you hear Walk-O-Rama and when you recall the many adventures chronicled on this site. Heroic, fearless, fun-loving. All true. Lazy is another. There, I said it. Adventures were often thwarted by heat, cold, humidity, precipitation, and the promise of delicious food. Even now, I sit here writing to you not of a walk in the physical sense, because that sounds exhausting, but of a mental stroll just taken down memory lane where I recalled my many great years with the wonderful staff at Stony Brook University Libraries.

I began after earning my Master’s degree in 2005 and was happy to have my first full-time job. My search committee assured me that I was not hired because I currently worked selling chocolate in a retail store and could potentially double as their supplier – or perhaps they indicated that that was the sole reason, I forget. To be on the safe side, I brought in a generous assortment when I started to try and win favor with my new friends.

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Definitely hired for the chocolate.

My first weeks were a little rough. I recall catching a student employee error in the Stacks, which angered her and caused her to leave. I felt guilty and thought for sure the other workers in Circulation would all hate me. Fortunately, I was quickly adopted by The Library Club, a group started and led by the very talented and creative Victor Santiago. This club really helped me develop as a person and a professional in so many ways, and it is my hope that I helped others do the same as one of the advisors. We did our best to share our love of libraries and information literacy by creating tutorials, educational events, blogs, web reviews, etc. and began a fundraising effort to send books to Africa. We took library students on field trips, including two ventures to Salem, MA where we held some pretty exciting scavenger hunts. They were good times.

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LC road trip to Salem

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Human Resources nightmare: losing a student employee on a field trip to find seals. It’s ok, we left an arrow so they could find us

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LC takes on NYPL

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LC takes on SPL

 

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Packing some books for Africa!

When I think of my time in Circulation, I remember the wonderful, wonderful people, and the terrific Halloween parties! I don’t mean to group these two together because they are equivalents – the people were definitely better –  but both are such vivid symbols in my mind of my days in the Main Stacks. It was great having a close-knit family environment to help me as I eased into my profession.  I don’t recall all of what I did those first few years, but all timesheets and paperwork seem to indicate that I was in fact present and actively doing something or other.

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This Bigfoot quality photo is a rare shot of me doing something very important in my work environment

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Arrrrrrren’t you feeling sentimental about these days? I know I am!

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Long hours spent on our epic haunted maze! I can still hear the screams of horror. It was perfect.

Gradually I began to learn more and take on additional responsibilities. I became a volunteer member of the virtual chat team and a selector for the Cinema Studies Department. I made Reader’s Advisory signs to try and get people to read our dusty books. I worked closely with our students, checking their accuracy, creating assignments, and introducing them to some pretty high-brow American experiences during our free time. When I felt I could do no more, I moved to a new role in the Central Reading Room.

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Teaching students how to do proper American things

During these next years, I worked more actively with the public and saw ways that I could create events to simultaneously entertain and educate our patrons. I created a few scavenger hunt with the help of some awesome colleagues, worked with the incredibly talented Arielle Hessler (and others) to create some library-themed board games that I think someone once played, and introduced other activities such as button making, Pi-Day, Banned Book Month contests, e-games, and more.

 

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Rebel volunteers who made Spy Hunt happen!

It is also during this time that I became active in Walk-O-Rama, thanks to Richie Feinberg (who began the group) and Celeste Hessler, who asked me to continue the activity after his retirement. These walks, as you may or may not have read in past entries, helped us all regain a small sense of childlike wonder as we left the comforts of our desks and began to bravely explore the campus grounds each week, searching for humor and meaning in all we saw. We found the remnants of an ancient feline civilization, tried our best (unsuccessfully) to make sense of the hospital floor plan, learned Ken is secretly an all-star baseball player, photobombed the President, and even buried our own time capsule somewhere we’ve long forgotten. And we ate. Mostly we ate. But it’s all good, because walking, talking, and breaking bread together is what creates bonds and keeps people happy as a team! I will always have a special place in my heart for Team Walk-O-Rama!

 

It was only fitting that WOR founder, Richie, should walk the time capsule to it's burial spot, wherever the heck that is

It was only fitting that WOR founder, Richie, should transport the time capsule to its burial spot, wherever the heck that is

Ken assures me this card will be worth big bucks someday

Ken assures me this card will be worth big bucks someday

President Stanley out with Walk-O-Rama

President Stanley happy to be out with Walk-O-Rama one day

I did other things I never dreamed I would do as a professional, or in any other capacity for that matter. I helped make several boats out of carboard and duct tape for the annual Roth Regatta and helped row two. To our surprise, none of them sank, and we even earned a trophy for coming in second place in the Speedster division during our first attempt. Go us! Staff all came out and cheered us on, and for days following I received small gifts and cards like a real hero who had done something wonderful. As someone who does not usually do things, I can tell you that it meant a lot in my little world to feel this way.

 

 

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Mentally preparing ourselves to sink upon contact with water

I have learned so much in my time here, both about myself and about my profession, and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many kind, creative, talented people who have made such a difference in my life, whether they realize it or not. Walk-O-Rama may be ended in some sense, but the energy that started it still remains. I hope you all will not forget to devote parts of your day, or even just your week to doing something that is brave –  even if only brave for you at your level, something silly, something adventurous, but mostly something fun. And take a friend – or several friends. Or drag someone you don’t particularly care for and force them to be your friend, because being adventurous together is awesome, and I have enjoyed my awesome adventure with you.

 

 

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A picture has no caption.

 

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Though holiday purists tend to celebrate July 4th – Independence Day – on, well, July 4th, we here at Walk-O-Rama felt that July 2nd, the official date of the legal separation between the US and Britain, was more appropriate for our celebratory parade around campus.  Though we could be doing so because we are just super patriotic, the reasoning most likely has more to do with the fact that 1) the actual holiday falls on a Saturday and 2) the group felt the need to walk off our big bagel brunch.

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance…” – John Adams

Years later, Walk-O-Rama was out making John Adams look all prophetic.  In the spirit of obtaining independence, we determined that we would seek out our deliverance from the workplace by fleeing our offices and setting out into this great land of ours.  Songs of patriotism filled the air, and as we approached the brand new, now totally open to the public Computer Science Building, the tune “This Land is Your Land” seemed of particular relevance.  We had determined that this building belonged to us too, and are hoping the summer months will give us enough time for our squatter’s rights to fully kick in.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

John Adams gave us permission to celebrate early today

John Adams gave us permission to celebrate early today. Thanks, John! Adams. John Adams. Sir.

We decided the best course of action would be to sneak in the back way where no one would see us, and also because the first several doors were not nearly up to our standards.  Boy were we glad we held out. Though we were spotted sneaking in by several passersby (one of which we asked to photograph our entry), we did have the opportunity to enter through the grandest entrance of them all.

This building is your building This  building is my building. This building was made for you and me. But mostly me.

This building is your building This building is my building. This building was made for you and me. But mostly me.

This was not an approved Walk-O-Rama entrance

This was not an approved Walk-O-Rama entrance

Photo evidence of Team WOR preparing to take over our new building

Photo evidence of Team WOR preparing to take over our new building

The interior of the building, much to our surprise, was much nicer than it had been months ago when we trespassed in the facility before its completion.  Go figure. Beautiful lights illuminated the open spaces, “Stony Brook Red” furniture made every nook and cranny look inviting, and even the toilets (though not accented with comfy toilet paper) sparkled with a green tint of water that symbolized clean. Wow. It was amazing. The building of the future even included a pantry and an Area of Refuge.  Truly, this place was built with us in mind. Tears nearly came to our eyes, but then we remembered that it was a holiday. Our Founding Father’s had surely decreed that there would be no crying allowed on July 2nd, even out of excessive joy.

We will try dangling our lightbulbs from the ceiling in this dazzling, artsy manner later in the afternoon. (This is your official heads up about that, building manager John)

We will try dangling our light bulbs from the ceiling in this dazzling, artsy manner later in the afternoon. (This is your official heads up about that, building manager John)

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Clean.

No modern place of The building designer had clearly worked on campus prior to this project

Finally, a building that gets us! An Area of Refuge in close range to the Pantry!

We approve of our new red furnishings

We approve of our new red furniture that seemed to inspire intelligent, thoughtful conversation

Staff Retreat 2016?

Staff Retreat 2016?

Prime Roth Regatta spectator seating

Prime Roth Regatta spectator seating

Peggy had no difficulty locating her new office and pulling decor from her bag like Mary Poppins. Really, that rug was tucked nicely in there

Peggy had no difficulty locating her new office and pulling decor from her bag like Mary Poppins. Really, that rug was tucked nicely in there

Child actors portray Kristen and Raquel as they watched Peggy unpack her office furnishings

Child actors portray Kristen and Raquel as they watched Peggy unpack her office furnishings

This walk of liberation inspired Peggy to shed the confines of the workforce as she determined to break free from the grind and pursue a more stress-free life filled with happiness, relaxation, yoga, paddle boarding, and ice cream sandwiches.  For real.  Sadly, this is to be her last Walk-O-Rama adventure.

As we wandered back to work, we swear we heard the remaining lyrics of “This Land is Your Land” coming from her direction, though she will surely deny all knowledge of it.

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

We will miss our friend and occasional Walk-O-Rama member, Peggy.  Go get your freedom and always remember to celebrate July 2, even if only as your final Walk-O-Rama adventure!

Peggy comes to the realization that this place is nice, but not for her

Peggy comes to the realization that this place is nice, but not for her

Farewell, Peggy! You will be missed.

Farewell, Peggy! You will be missed.

 

 

 

 

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We know many of you out there had begun to suspect that Walk-O-Rama had been disbanded.  Even we as members had wondered from time to time over the course of these long winter months if we were still officially a thing.  Fear not, faithful readers.  Wednesday marked the premature celebration of the mathematical constant Pi, which we observed by eating lots and lots of pie at work. So naturally we felt the urge to get some physical activity on the following day, to burn off a few calories and prove that we were at least as constant (to say nothing of irrational) as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Not everyone knew quite how to express their enthusiasm when we gathered at our traditional meeting spot at high noon on Thursday.  Even our new members were excited to set off on their first walk with legendary Walk-O-Rama explorers.  Some smiled to express their happiness, while those in the front row spontaneously broke out into dance by performing the Charleston.  It was weird.  We blame this ridiculous winter that has kept us cooped up at our desks.

The Charleston: a time honored way to express joy and excitement

The Charleston: a time honored way to express joy and excitement

Exhibit A. Point proven!

Exhibit A. I prove my case!

Though the wind prevented the day from being quite as nice for walking as the previous “stuff a bunch of pie in your face” day had been, we were determined to explore a new building on campus, the new Computer Science Building, guaranteed to be open by 2014. The posters told us so.

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As we approached the building, we  began to wonder if perhaps we had missed the grand opening in 2014.  Perhaps that was the only year it was open to the public and it was now being disassembled?  It seemed the only logical explanation. given its state of total not-readiness.  When they said Computer Science 2014, we had no clue they meant, really, just for 2014.  Luckily the old junky Computer Science building still stands, so employees can retreat to the more comfortable atmosphere that they’ve been growing to love for decades.  As the new furniture had been packed up for storage, being no longer needed in this expired building, we opted to re-purpose it for the library.

Apparently they were not open long enough to justify paying for official door signage.

Apparently they were not open long enough to justify paying for official door signage.

This had totally been finished on time.  It's getting all Detroit on this campus. Who stole it?? (we're looking at you, Chem building!)

This had totally been finished on time. It’s getting all Detroit on this campus. Who stole it?? (we’re looking at you, Chemistry building!)

2015, three months after the heyday of this now out-of-date campus structure

2015, three months after the heyday of this now out-of-date campus structure. Tear it down!

Scoring some nice chairs for the library!

Sweet! Scoring some nice chairs for the library!

Feeling sorry to have missed the glitz and glamor of this building during the year of what surely must have been its prompt, as-scheduled unveiling, we decided to head to the Roth Pond to show the newbies where we would be forcing them to row in this year’s regatta.  The pond, once spacious and grand, seemed to have shrunk considerably.  We tried to get the new members to walk closer to take a better picture, but they were onto us and wisely pointed out the signs that warned to stay off the ice.  Too bad. We would have enjoyed that close up picture.

Rowing in the regatta will be a little easier this year...

Rowing in the regatta will be a little easier this year…

This brief exploration was short to keep us from getting too exhausted as we get back into the program.  It also contained a limited amount of lawlessness, when we only briefly considered stealing the Anthropology bus skin and claiming it as our own.  Gotta love those adorable lemurs! Anticipate chronicles of longer, edgier, more Walk-O-Rama-esque adventures as the season progresses.

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Who loves picnics? Team Walk-O-Rama does, even when they’re held in windowless rooms because we’re afraid of a few sprinkles (except the kind Ken puts on his delicious frosted cookies!). Some members brought in snacks for all as we prepared to partake in one of our favorite warm weather pastimes (indoors), while others clearly approach picnics Yogi Bear style by trying to outsmart those with the food so they could steal the feast for themselves.

Why bring food when you can just steal Ken's?

Why bring food when you can just steal Ken’s?

Food was shared, jokes were made, and sexual harassment threats were muttered and laughed away. In other words, it was your typical Walk-O-Rama gathering.

Before long, Liz was coming to make us put our food down and actually walk on our walk. Thanks, Liz, for saving us from ourselves and keeping us on task.  It was not in fact sprinkling as my phone app had deceitfully warned. Rather, it was a beautiful day, and so we decided to return to Roth Pond to see if we could locate the boot that Kristen tragically lost to the untamed waters during the Regatta.

Despite Peggy’s every attempt to keep our group as law abiding as possible, we inevitably wandered into the street to reaffirm our status as “trail blazers” walking wherever it was we felt like walking. Who uses sidewalks? Those who can’t think out of the box, that’s who. Walk-O-Rama, as we explained while dodging a bus, is all about adventure and boldly going where you are told you are not legally permitted to go.

At long last we reached the pond and saw, much to our great horror, an enormous turtle dragging his massive body back into the green waters. Would Ken, Arielle, and Peggy have braved these waters in the Regatta had they seen this man-eating monster the week before?  Not likely.  We combed the perimeter of the pond, stepping carefully around the goose droppings, trying to find Kristen’s boot.  Alas, it is probably now a turtle palace and Kristen is not brave enough to face such a creature above or below the surface of the pond. We did spot a traffic cone in the water. You may not ordinarily find this interesting, but we assure you it was.

These Regatta members get all sentimental when they see the bench we stole from other participants on race day

These Regatta members get all sentimental when they see the bench we stole from other participants on race day

And these additional regatta members would not get in the picture

And these additional regatta members would not get in the picture

On the return trip we eyed the progress of the new Computer Science Building and all agreed that we look forward to exploring it soon and telling the world what emotion to feel about its quality, appearance and function.

We do hope you will join us next week as we find some new mischief to get into. Until then, keep on walking and eating delicious foods.

 

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For a good three years now, Library staff have been plotting a way to build a vessel capable of sailing to France.  This year, as we prepared for the 25th Anniversary of the Roth Regatta, it seemed we were about to get our chance! Having mistakenly ordered 150 rolls of duct tape (hey, anyone could make that error!), it was looking increasingly feasible that we might finally be able to use our now superior ship building skills and this insane amount of waterproof tape to construct a truly sea-worthy boat.  Alas, the state of New York fortunately has someone responsible on the payroll, and our plan was swiftly foiled.  Next year…

The day had arrived and the theme of the much anticipated Stony Brook tradition was announced. Video Games!!! …Huh… Our group was momentarily stumped, since some had not gamed since the release of the then hit game Tennis For Two. But what were we worried about? The Library has its own Game Lab! It was like our own little Regatta Research Station right in our building. We were too giddy for research, however, and time was tight, so we made a quick list of games that some of us vaguely recalled playing and held a vote.

With minimal knowledge of popular games to inspire us, this was how we all visualized our boat midway through our first meeting.

With minimal knowledge of popular games to inspire us, this was how we all visualized our boat midway through our first meeting.

Ideas ranged from the classic arcade game PacMan to the 80s icon Oregon Trail. Surely no one else would be building an ox-drawn covered wagon forging a river. Or would they…? That idea was promptly shut out, which dismayed Kristen who has been unable to find the appropriate event to which she might wear the “You have died of dysentery” t-shirt she was gifted in 2001. Blast! Our group, comprised mostly of active Walk-O-Rama members, was naturally drawn to the image of Mario Brothers’ dinosaur Yoshi. What can I say? We just love dinosaurs who chase after junk food!

Our video game inspiration

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy – our video game inspiration

Walk-O-Rama logo. Strangely similar...

Walk-O-Rama logo. Strangely similar…

It was perfect. The only thing left to do was determine the best way to make three circular shapes (nose and cheeks) out of cardboard boxes. Hmmm. This concept made our brains hurt, and so we assigned the tedious task to the team’s newest and youngest member, Arielle.  She was up to the challenge and made a shockingly realistic looking geometric version of the lovable character.  Having successfully performed this feat, we then heaped upon her all the other difficult work, such as making the mushroom hats and recreating a life size Princess Peach. Any volunteers to be the newest member of the team next year? Anyone??

See something awesome in this picture? Thank Arielle Hessler!

See something awesome in this picture? Thank Arielle Hessler!

For the rest of us, we met during lunch breaks, for hours after work, and even for the good part of one Sunday to construct a boat that would carry our brave crew across Roth Pond.  We did not anticipate the rain that poured into the pond for days leading up to race day, making it larger than any of us remembered. We had calculated that the boat should hold at the pond’s original size, but could not vouch for the crew’s safety in these enlarged waters. Was there enough tape to keep the moisture out? If only we had 120 extra rolls to make sure! We wished them luck, and when the horn blew shortly after noon on that fateful day, we gave them our best shove off and held our breath!

What was this? Our little Yoshi, rowed by the three bravest workers in the Library was well in the lead! Moments later, though the competition was creeping closer, they maintained this lead, earning them an enthusiastic burst of excited screams from their fans of all ages in the crowd! Shortly after, they were across the finish line, finishing first in their heat. Library pride was widespread, and strangers yelled “Yoshi!” as we carried the victorious beast back to our starting spot.

It wasn't a trip to France, but arriving to shore in 1st place somehow seemed even better!

It wasn’t a trip to France, but arriving to shore in 1st place somehow seemed even better!

This triumph had us all reeling with glee.  We were proud to boast to those who asked that we had already won our heat and were awaiting the next round. This gave hope to other staff who were out with boats of their own that day, such as the brave ladies from HR. Unfortunately for them, the mascot that they had attached to their boat lost his head as they carried it to the start line, which they feared might be a bad omen.  But win or lose, sink or float, there was no bad press on this day. Just making an appearance and representing was enough to inspire happiness amongst those in attendance.  Competitors became friends, they even shared supplies such as tape, paint, and boots. Kristen lost a boot after a competitor in need asked to borrow them.  Though she capsized and was barely able to escape the pond with her life, she was not able to save one boot that was claimed by the choppy waters. Just when we thought this loss of a land crew member might spoil our odds since we were one boot short, the student came through with a new pair of boots and saved the day! Thanks a million, Sunjae

Fellow staff represent their department in this year's Regatta

Fellow staff represent their department in this year’s Regatta

Even our competition was friendly and supportive. Gotta love the Regatta!

Even our competition was friendly and supportive. Gotta love the Regatta!

New friends who loved and lost the same boot

New friends who loved and lost the same boot

Though we did not come away from the event winning every possible trophy as we had originally envisioned, we did have a great time representing the Library and taking part in our favorite Stony Brook tradition! For next year, we are thinking that Library students and staff should unite to form an armada of sorts to improve our odds of winning.  We will begin ordering one roll of duct tape per week in preparation.  If all else fails, there’s always France…

Read more about our previous Regattas:

2012

2013

Imagining the Library's participation in the 2015 Regatta...

Imagining the Library’s participation in the 2015 Regatta…

Always one upped by Toscanini!!

Always one upped by Toscanini!!

Operation Score Some Free T-Shirts. Success!!

Operation Score Some Free T-Shirts. Success!!

Ken wins extra fans with a Mario mustache

Ken wins extra fans with a Mario mustache

John, is that you?!!

John, is that you?!!

The only thing better than being at the regatta is being at the regatta when the free ice cream was served!

The only thing better than being at the regatta is being at the regatta when the free ice cream is served!

Seriously guys, this should be the new library uniform

Seriously guys, this should be the new library uniform

YES WE DID!

YES WE DID!

One amazing team!

One amazing team!

 

 

 

 

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Library staff and OCD, due to the very nature of our work, go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. Peas and carrots. Peanut butter and bananas (no wait, that’s really, really disgusting). And we’re ok with that.  But we were very excited today to have a new sort of disorder represented in our group. As we learned, those inflicted with ADD are awesome excursion leaders, in more ways than one!

Having happily branched out and drawn in members of departments outside of our own building, we were feeling quite pleased with ourselves. This is until we realized that there were no leaders among us now that Ken had threatened to report us to HR for assuming his gender implied that he was a successful decision maker. Fortunately, first time member Katherine took charge by instructing us all to please at least start by going outside. So we did.  It was a step in the right direction since the temperature was quite a bit cooler for and change and…hmmm… I could go for some Skittles right now, which is strange because I don’t really like Skittles, except the orange, yellow, and green ones. They are alright. What was I talking about again?

Walk-O-Rama, where newbies learn that they may be photographed against their will so they might as well look happy

WOR newbies learn that they may be photographed against their will so they might as well look happy

Spontaneous path chosen thanks to ADD

Spontaneous path chosen thanks to Attention Deficit Disorder

Oh yes, being outside.  Knowing that semi-new member Arielle had never been to the legendary Roth Pond before, and since we learned that she is a kayaker and would soon be nominated by everyone to row in the Regatta next spring, we decided to take her there.  Being led, as I mentioned before, by someone with ADD, we somehow were able to travel to a place we had been so often down a totally different route to places not all of  us were aware were part of the university grounds. Jumping from subject to subject, attention eventually had to be drawn to the elephant in the room (if that expression can be used out of doors)…the footwear of one of our new members. Though stylish to be sure, this unconventional walking shoe had never been worn on a walk before. Laugh if you want (which we did), but it did add a bit of glamor to this Walk-O-Rama adventure.  The only thing that would have been classier is if…hold on, why is there a peanut on my desk? Oh yeah, we didn’t see any squirrels.  Now where was I?

Clearly, if I can say clearly with this picture, the pond was at its prettiest for Arielle's first introduction to it

Clearly (if one can say the word clearly in a description of  this picture) the pond was at its prettiest for Arielle’s first introduction to it

The new standard Walk-O-Rama shoe. Ken is very excited

The new standard issued Walk-O-Rama shoe. Ken is very excited!

Having passed only one bike in SBU’s bike share rack, the crew decided to head on over to the train station to see if more could be rustled up there.  As it turned out, there were plenty more to be found, only Kristen was told that they could not take personally owned bicycles from the racks, even if Ken did remember the chain cutters.  As we stood wondering what to do, Katherine proposed Green Cactus – a decision which led them all into a harrowing den of lies!!

Having reached Green Cactus, we all decided to spontaneous shake things up again by following Raquel next door to Soup’s On.  After being denied her much anticipated soup, and upon afterwards hearing that the hot dogs that had lured Ken there had just all been sold out (most likely by 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon), the group had to think extra hard about their decisions. After all came up with suitable alternate choices, we were met by other initially less obvious disappointments. Did you ever watch 30 Rock? I love that show.

Feeling all happy about having a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich, which she’d not had in I don’t even know how many food truck seasons ago, Kristen would have thoroughly enjoyed her meal, had Katherine not pointed out the sign that advertised grilled cheese sandwiches for several dollars less than she had paid.  The company will hear about this, trust me! Katherine, too, was very pleased with her choice since she so dearly loves green peppers, until a few bites later she realized that her wrap had been served without them.  The fire of this anger was further stoked by the tabletop ad that proudly boasted that the establishment sold hot dogs, which we saw no evidence of.  To be fair, Ken did really like their chili, and Raquel declared that her banana bread was surely homemade!

Yeah, NOT!

Yeah, NOT!

Green peppers, enhanced with Red Dye #9. Seriously. Would we lie to you?

Green peppers, enhanced with Red Dye #9. Seriously. Would we lie to you?

Yes, we're pretty sure you are comfortable lying

Yes, we’re pretty sure you are comfortable lying to us

Apparently, no campus buses were to be had since it is summer, so we were forced to walk back on our own. The OCD-ness of the library folk dictated the return trip, however, as we set off on the only path we ever take on return trips from food. The only diversions that distracted us from this office-bound journey were the few moments when conversation was abruptly halted by Raquel yelling “DOG!” Kisses were awarded by five dogs in total.

We hope you can join us next week as we….DOG!

Our new friend Dixie's occupation is making people happy. Yes, this requires a vest

Our new friend Dixie’s occupation is making people happy. Yes, this requires a vest

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I am a sentimental person.  This trait has inevitably led to picture hoarding on my phone, which must come to an end, if only for internal memory purposes.  While scrolling through the images I tried to think of why each had been saved, and I came to the conclusion that it was because each represented a happy moment that demonstrated how awesome working in a library, at least with my borderline insane awesome coworkers can be.  Allow me to explain…

1) We love attention, at any cost. Seriously. We have no shame.

Library outreach has been stressed more than ever over the past year or two, since students, for whatever reason, do not seem to be aware of how awesome we are.  In an effort to correct this oversight, we have made our presence known all over campus, whether it be highlighting library services, or just horsing around to make a scene.  No arrests have been made thus far, so apparently we are on the right track, or at least acting within legal limits.  We have displayed our artistic skills at booths in information fairs and tried our best to provide our students with stress relieving activities to show that we’re more than just books.

Kathy works very hard to make a rock ladybug to show students that our resources are as numerous as all those bugs that have been invading US fields and buildings

Kathy works very hard to make a rock ladybug to symbolically show students that our resources are as numerous as all those tiny bugs that have been invading US fields and buildings

Though I do not recall where exactly this was taken, I'm pretty sure it was an early example of stress relieving student outreach. This may or may not be replaced by dog or llama therapy.

Though I do not recall where exactly this was taken, I’m pretty sure it was an early example of stress relieving student outreach. This may or may not be replaced by dog and/or llama therapy.

We dabbled with celebrity appearances, though they were not very convincing, perhaps because of the sticks...

We dabbled with celebrity appearances, though they were not very convincing, perhaps because of the sticks…

2) Staff that plays together stays together

Our staff knows how to have fun, on and off the clock.  This is not often conveyed in Google searches of the words ‘library’ or ‘librarians’ (though if you perform a search for ‘sexy librarian’ you might stumble across an image or two of John’s runway swagger or Diane’s truly distracting happy dance when she got her bacon salad).  By finding activities that we can all work on together as a team, we have learned more about each other than we ever could have by staying at our desks all day every day (I’m not the only one who has to work those hours, am I?)

Poetry board in the Central Reading Room.  Someone knows us.

Poetry board in the Central Reading Room. Someone knows us.

Perhaps they've seen this picture...

Perhaps that poet has seen this picture…

Library workers caught in the wild. Don't feed the animals (unless it's dessert - we like sugar)

Library workers caught in the wild. Don’t feed the animals (unless it’s dessert – we like sugar)

Working behind the scenes does not keep staff from dancing and having fun

Working behind the scenes does not keep staff from dancing and having fun

c) We follow our captain

The Roth Regatta brought many staff members together to prove that “Yes we can!” build a cardboard wiener that will float.  And we did. So many other staff members who could not contribute time or labor generously donated money, which we wisely spent on booze and slot machines and hot dog costumes. I’m sorry, I could not honestly cross out that last item in the list.  Our team, the Melville Hot Diggety Dogs beat out numerous other cardboard vessels and brought many proud colleagues out of their offices to cheer on Donna and Ken.  We must thank Ken for volunteering to be our brave leader, and for unknowingly being the one to go down with the ship if the project was a failure. Hooray! It was not. Good job, all, for the second year in a row!

Ken, the fearless leader (yes, Chris, that's the missing hat)

Ken, the fearless leader (yes, Chris, that’s the missing hat)

Donna was even able to con outsiders into helping with our library effort. Thanks a bunch, Bob!

Donna was even able to con outsiders into helping with our library effort. Thanks a bunch, Bob!

All those who doubted our success were told to keep their mouths shut.  Hey!!!

All those who doubted our success were told to keep their mouths shut. Hey!!!

4) We know each other well and like each other anyway

Richie Feinberg left behind a fortune in art work known to all as Feinbergs.  Many of these treasures prove how well we know each other, without having to share things in words.  For instance, Richie somehow knew that Kathy loved the color yellow, which was predominate in her painting, as did he somehow guess that Kristen secretly wanted a little yellow house with a small garden and her own moon that was always in the waxing crescent stage.  Wait a minute…did Richie break into my office?!!

Richie's painting bore a striking resemblance to a picture already hanging in Kristen's office...

Richie’s painting bore a striking resemblance to a picture already hanging in Kristen’s office. I suspect tracing paper was involved.

So thanks to all for being so much fun to work with, and for providing an interesting place to come each day (for me and our students I’m sure).  I hope to see more of you on our Walk-O-Rama outings!

 

 

 

 

 

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