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There's Always Another Library Project
My trip to Orange, California was cancelled and so I will be home the entire month of November. This is okay with me. I have trips to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia scheduled for December and those will ensure that I keep my elite status with American Airlines for another year. My company has slowed down and this year was the fewest I have flown in more than seven years.
I'm okay with the trip's cancellation. It means I can start working on the latest library projects. Having a library means there are always projects waiting to be done. I have written in the past about the dividers I use in the library. I use 2 1/2" x 8" dividers the separate the various languages, the different tales, and the different scion publications. I also use dividers to separate the authors. I created these dividers using my cutting board and the acid-free cardboard that used to come with X-Ray film. These dividers have been in use for more than 15 years and needed a bit of updating.
First the labeling is only on one side. As an example, the divider for my Spanish books has S-P-A-N running vertically down the 2 1/2" side. I use 3/4" lettings so they fit snuggly. If you stand and look down the shelving, you will see the divider that reads S-P-A-N and then you will see S-W-E-D for the Swedish books and so forth. This was fine and dandy if you are looking in one direction but the other side of the divider was blank. I decided this wouldn't do any longer. The dividers needed to be able to be read from either side. I have bought new 3/4" lettering and will spend the week adding labeling to the other side of each divider.
After much thought, I next decided that if my foreign language section was going to have doubled-side dividers then the Canonical Tales section deserves the same. D-Y-I-N should be able to be read from either side and now that is exactly what will happen. This will take a bit more effort because unlike the Foreign Sections dividers that are double thick, the Canonical Section dividers are only single thick. I cut another set of 60 dividers, one of each of the Canonical stories plus dividers for The Adventures, The Memoirs and so on. When I finished you will be able to read all of the dividers in my entire library from either side.
As you can see, maintaining a library requires a lot of work. And this month I have the perfect job that allows me to get much of that work done. These are just a small sample projects I thought of doing. It is always worth the effort when I see Sherlockians staring at the books and it is just as much a delight to be bale to pull the exact volume out because the dividers point to the spot and soon they will point to that spot from both directions.
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