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gmatoy

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Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Reply #690 on: April 14, 2013, 10:23:53 PM »
Also farm/ranch children were often pulled out of school to help with seasonal work. 
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Did school vacations take this into account? I know there were some places where schools were closed during harvest time.
In Washington state, this was still happening in the 1960s. My cousins lived in eastern Washington and school got out for apple harvesting.

Library Dragon

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« Reply #691 on: April 14, 2013, 11:33:16 PM »
School doesn't close here during the cotton harvest, but the schools know that certain students will be working the harvest on the family farm.

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« Reply #692 on: April 15, 2013, 07:36:11 AM »
School doesn't close here during the cotton harvest, but the schools know that certain students will be working the harvest on the family farm.

Students not present?  Now wait just a cotton pickin' minute...
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« Reply #693 on: April 15, 2013, 08:38:32 AM »
Happens to lots of authors who just aren't thinking through the details.  I think it was Jean Plaidy (who also writes as Victoria Holt) who mentioned William the Conqueror's favorite meal: potato soup.

Poor man. Terrible to have a favourite meal that you just never get.  :'(
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« Reply #694 on: April 15, 2013, 05:29:48 PM »
Can I go back and ask an ignorant question?

Where do you get mylar?  And are there websites where I can learn to reinforce books?  I have two little ones who absolutely love books to pieces right now.  I don't want to discourage the book love but they are still a little too young and hyper to remember to handle gently.  Some prevention might be useful.  The scotch tape is just not cutting it.

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« Reply #695 on: April 15, 2013, 06:36:02 PM »
In somewhat of the same vein, I once read a book where every time the writer wanted to describe something having to do with the heroine's small apartmentor anything else diminutive in size, it was described as tiny.  Tiny couch, tiny table, tiny this, tiny that.  Drove me nuts.   And she did it over and over.  The couch was always tiny.  Not just, "She sat on the couch.", but, "She sat on her tiny couch."

We refer to the smaller of two similar animals as Tiny. My BFF has two horses, a Percheron and a mini who looks like you shrank the Percheron, and they are called Sam and Tiny Sam. When Jack the cat across the street sired kittens, one of them looked exactly like him, so he is Tiny Jack.

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« Reply #696 on: April 15, 2013, 07:37:34 PM »
School doesn't close here during the cotton harvest, but the schools know that certain students will be working the harvest on the family farm.

Students not present?  Now wait just a cotton pickin' minute...
Good heavens, that's bad.  ;D

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« Reply #697 on: April 15, 2013, 08:47:24 PM »
 :o Ouch! That just hurts.

The book jacket discussion brings to mind one thing that makes me crazy.  When I open a brand new paperback and the pages start coming out.  I don't expect it to last for years, but one reading would be nice.

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« Reply #698 on: April 15, 2013, 09:49:28 PM »
Can I go back and ask an ignorant question?

Where do you get mylar?  And are there websites where I can learn to reinforce books?  I have two little ones who absolutely love books to pieces right now.  I don't want to discourage the book love but they are still a little too young and hyper to remember to handle gently.  Some prevention might be useful.  The scotch tape is just not cutting it.

When I was working, I just bought it from the library when we ordered it. I didn't use it much because I don't think it is good for much except enclosing book jackets.

When I was in college, I covered all of my frequently used paperbacks and the ones my mom used when she was creating a course to teach with Clear Contac (shelf liner). It doesn't take much experience or imagination to figure out how to do it. That's what I used to cover the paperbacks in the media center where I was librarian, too.

You can buy 3M library tape from the office supply store. That's what I still use for spines and to reinforce where the covers of books meet the first page. I just used it the other day to repair our travel atlas that we use when we..........travel. We try to use them for about 3 years, and, wow! do they get worn! I also remember using it a lot to repair boxes of beloved games the kids used. It's better than packing tape by a long shot - sturdier and easier to handle.

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« Reply #699 on: April 15, 2013, 10:17:12 PM »
We use the clear shelf liner at my son's school. Works well as long as you remember to split the corners before folding (and the lines help  good fit)

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« Reply #700 on: April 15, 2013, 10:23:10 PM »
Clear packing tape does as well as book tape for books that you know aren't going to last long.  Paperbacks--cover the spine and the corners.  It does wonders. 

I used to laminate covers.  This works even better with a cold laminator. 

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« Reply #701 on: April 16, 2013, 09:59:40 AM »
Can I go back and ask an ignorant question?

Where do you get mylar?  And are there websites where I can learn to reinforce books?  I have two little ones who absolutely love books to pieces right now.  I don't want to discourage the book love but they are still a little too young and hyper to remember to handle gently.  Some prevention might be useful.  The scotch tape is just not cutting it.

Brodart is a good place to look for paper preservation supplies.  The firm offers Mylar, appropriate tape and instructions on how to do the work. The prices are reasonable but you may have to buy in bulk. 

Please, do not use Scotch tape.  That leaves a nasty residue. 

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« Reply #702 on: April 16, 2013, 10:37:37 AM »
Can I go back and ask an ignorant question?

Where do you get mylar?  And are there websites where I can learn to reinforce books?  I have two little ones who absolutely love books to pieces right now.  I don't want to discourage the book love but they are still a little too young and hyper to remember to handle gently.  Some prevention might be useful.  The scotch tape is just not cutting it.

When I was working, I just bought it from the library when we ordered it. I didn't use it much because I don't think it is good for much except enclosing book jackets.

When I was in college, I covered all of my frequently used paperbacks and the ones my mom used when she was creating a course to teach with Clear Contac (shelf liner). It doesn't take much experience or imagination to figure out how to do it. That's what I used to cover the paperbacks in the media center where I was librarian, too.

You can buy 3M library tape from the office supply store.

I get it from Demco: http://www.demco.com/goto?PNHM30&intcmp=CN_M30. Easy to use: cut it as long as the jacket, with about an inch extra. Slip the jacket in. Fold the mylar over to the top. Use three pieces of tape to fasten mylar to paper backing. Put jacket on book.
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« Reply #703 on: April 16, 2013, 07:43:52 PM »
School doesn't close here during the cotton harvest, but the schools know that certain students will be working the harvest on the family farm.
When I was in high school, my biology teacher taught hours 1-4, had 5th hour as a planning period, and taught Advanced Biology 6th hour. During harvest, he would prepare lessons for Adv. Bio, and would leave when he took his 4th hour class class to lunch. Another biology teacher would open the door between their classrooms, and would keep an eye out whether those of us in Adv. Bio were actually doing our assignments. ;)

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« Reply #704 on: April 16, 2013, 10:32:08 PM »
The only downside to a Kindle is that when a book makes you mad, you can't throw it without breaking it. 

I'm reading "A World Apart", third book of a trilogy about the Irish peasants revolt against the English rule in 1798. Fire on the Hill and A World Apart mostly follow the story of Michael Dwyer, his fellow rebels and the wives of those who did marry.

Now the book is very good, but the treatment of the prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol by a Dr. Trevor his deceit irritated me so much I just had to put my Kindle down and stop reading.  Vile, vile man. 
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