Weeding Discoveries: The Latest Series

As I plod through Great Expectations and look wistfully at the other books on my desk/bedside table/floor/coffee table/kitchen table/entryway/bookshelves (obviously), I think to myself, “Why not start yet another erratic and nonsensical blog series?!”

…And so Weeding Discoveries is born.

weeding, n. : a. the action or process of freeing (land, crops, etc.) from weeds ; b. the eradication (of weeds) ; c. that which is weeded out (courtesy of OED)

In order to allow tangible knowledge and information (i.e. books) to flourish and grow, librarians must free allocated plots (i.e. shelves) of that which occupies valued space. Books that occupy valued space include multiple copies of editions/translations, books falling apart (literally) at the seams, manuals on Windows 95, etc. While this may all sound very sad and un-librarian, we assure you that is the most librarian thing to do. Removing a book titled something like, “Contemporary Thought on U.S. Foreign Policy and Soviet Russia” published in 1972 really only does everyone a favor. We are bibliophiles people, not hoarders.

During this process, we sometimes stumble upon some of the most exciting discoveries. So far, they have included the infamous piece of pie, lists/documents printed on that 1980’s printer paper (which I just discovered is called continuous stationary), lots of dust, and these two gems below.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read the article Line on Liners to learn more about the Seamen’s Welfare Committee and Mr. Haight. And since you cannot read the inverted Russian proverbs, I will leave you with some of those.

Don’t look now, but someone is stealing your potatoes.

The kopek thief is hanged, while the thousand-ruble thief is honored.

The uninvited guest is worse than a Tartar.

-Signing off, Jenny Barrows (who was once told on a Russian train that she was en route to Leningrad…in 2010)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s