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Flat Stanley Visits Fairbanks, Alaska: A Week in the Life of a Librarian  -  Day Four
By Georgine Olson « Prev   Page 5 of 8   Next »

Hi Kendall,

Flat Stanley had a VERY busy day today after a rather quiet morning.

Stanley poses on the bookshelves at Gulliver's Book Store.
Friday is Librarian’s Lunch day. Each week librarians from the schools, the University of Alaska, the public library, and even some business libraries get together for lunch just to talk with each other. Sometimes there are only a few of us and sometimes there are fifteen or more having lunch together. Today we had lunch in the cafe at Gulliver’s Book Store, which sells both new books and used books. Stanley wasn’t much interested in lunch (I liked my sandwich, though). He did like looking at the books. He found some of Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown books in the children’s used book section and really enjoyed looking at new children’s books about Alaska. We took some pictures to send you.

Then, this afternoon Stanley visited the library’s Regional Center. This is where we have a separate library of paperback books, videos, music and books on tape to send to people who live in parts of Alaska where there are no public libraries. Every six weeks or so, we pack 25 items in bright red canvas bags and mail them to our patrons. Some of these people have their mail delivered by boat, some by sea plane, some by ski plane, some by dog sled or snow machine. Some families live so far away from roads that their mail is hung on a tree near the road, and they walk, ski, ride a horse, or paddle a kayak to where they can pick up their mail. Some people have to keep their red bags for a long time because there is too much snow or ice to get out -- and some people keep their red bags for a long time because there is not enough snow for their dog sleds or snow machines.

By the way, “snow machine” is the Alaskan term for “snow mobile.”

Stanley shows off the menu at the Thai House Restaurant.
Then Stanley and I had dinner at the Thai House Restaurant with several of my friends. The Thai House is the favorite restaurant of many Fairbanksans. Stanley seemed to have a good time, but I think he thought that some of the food was VERY spicy!

After dinner, we went to a concert presented by the Dallas Brass. It was lots of fun. They played all kinds of music, and you could see that they really loved the music and had a good time playing with each other. We had seats in the second row, so we could see that they were not pretending to have a good time -- They really were having a good time!

That’s it for today. We finished a whole roll of film. I’ll have to buy some more before Stanley goes out with the library van tomorrow.

Good night,

Georgine Olson

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