Wuthering Heights

Nearly every copy of Wuthering Heights in a twenty mile radius of Boston was checked out (or lost) last Saturday. There was one left at Chelsea.

A young lady (not the Wuthering Heights type, I might add) came in looking for it, frantically. I was wondering what brought on this need for classic literature. We checked our library, Everett, Medford, Melrose, and finally discovered Chelsea's. But Chelsea closed at five. It was four fifty.

I told her I could put in a reserve, but she told me it was useless after Monday. Someone's flunking a test today, methinks.

When I was in school, up in Northern New Hampshire, they supplied the books we were required to read. I guess that's good, because the local libraries never could have survived the influx of kids looking for A Separate Peace. Then again, we're having trouble accomodating all those kids with Wuthering Heights, aren't we?

My Mac battles continue this afternoon (late shift for me). You know, once I'm off info. They're liking putting me on info and reference at the busiest times. I suppose it's good, but I'm always exhausted when I'm done.

I really hope my reinstall of OS 9.04.08.34.3942.89.2.1 works, as I found a web page yesterday about replacing iMac hard drives that claimed it was perhaps the most difficult iMac repair to do. It looks like we have later models than the iMac they showed, however. And I would hope Apple would fix a major design flaw that you have to remove the freaking motherboard to put in a hard drive.

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Wuthering Heights and anxious patron

I think this is electronically available free at Project Gutenberg if she didn't want to buy a paperback. That might be why some libraries are not even investing in school copies for assigned readings.

Norma

Re:Wuthering Heights and anxious patron

Confirmed at Project Gutenberg at http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutboo k/lookup?num=768.On the one hand, Gutenberg and other projects would be a good place to check for a student patron if the book is prior to 1923 AND the student has a home computer with Internet. On the other, reading from a conventional computer screen is difficult. I've tried to read Walden several times through NetLibrary. It's much hard to skim than skimming through paper.

Re:Wuthering Heights and anxious patron

Agreed... I don't think I could read a book of that caliber online myself. It's probably slightly more comfortable to read on a palm or pocket pc, but the chances of a high school student in this area having one are small.

I am finding, in trying to order reference books, that some publishers offering their most recently titles as ebooks only. This might be cheaper or more cutting edge, but there's something to be said for physically picking up a book...

Re:Wuthering Heights and anxious patron

I agree completely. I can read about half a page on a screen before I lose interest, however, when a student obviously needs it quickly and has waited till the last minute, skimming it at a library terminal may be the only alternative. At least you have one to offer, which with paper, you didn't. N.

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