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March 2011

Mar 7 2011

Oh, I would never eat there. . .

by Patricia D

I spent years working in the food service industry and the one thing that never failed to put a kitchen into a tizzy was a visit from the health inspector.  I was generally lucky enough to work in places where the managers cared about hand washing, keeping foods at a proper temperature, keeping out the vermin—you know, the little things.  I’ll never forget the epic battle Dishwasher Dude waged in one kitchen to get the ancient equipment, affectionately referred to as Scum Queen, up to the right temperature.  Apparently she needed a lot of sweet talk and just the right amount of soap to reach the magic number of 160 degrees.  Dude finally managed it while the inspector was watching, but we were all holding our breaths.  Of course, the kitchen lost a perfect score anyway because there was a cracked tile in the salad prep area.  Still, a 98 isn’t the end of the world.  That would be anything below 80.

I can live with just about anything above a 92 but below that, it gets dicey.  Down into the 80s is someone not washing his hands, food prep happening too close to cleaning materials or chicken thawing in the cooler over a vat of salad greens.  I don’t even want to think about what goes on below 80.   I look for those lovely yellow inspection reports before I order anything and I’ve been known to walk out of a place after finding a low score.  This has made for some on the fly dining choices at times but now I can plan better because the DeKalb County Board of Health now has the reports available on-line.  Take a peek for yourself and choose “Restaurant and Facility Inspection Scores” from the menu on the left side of the screen.  It’s a little fun, a little terrifying and goes a long way to helping me relax about the food I order.


Mar 4 2011

National Ghost Writer’s Week

by Amanda L

The first week of March is National Ghostwriters Week. What is a ghost writer? According to Dictionary.com,  a ghost writer is a person who writes books, articles, etc. for another person who is named or presumed to be the author.

The Library has a variety of books that have been written or presumed to be written by a ghost writer. Here is a sampling:

Lawrence Sander’s McNally’s Folly by Vincent Lardo

Dark Watch by Clive Cussler

Second Chance by James Patterson

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Secrets in the Shadows by V.C. Andrews

To celebrate National Ghostwriters Week, do you know of any other books or series written by a ghost writer?

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Mar 2 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

by Joseph M

When I was a kid, one of my favorite authors was Dr. Seuss. I’m not sure I could decide on a favorite book, but If I Ran The Circus and If I Ran The Zoo were among my favorites. I was really into all the crazy animals! At first it was just my mom reading the books to me, but eventually I picked up the habit myself. As I grew older and my taste in books expanded to offerings with more text, I retained my fondness for Seuss, and gradually began to appreciate his work on a deeper level; my parents even got me a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go when I graduated from high school. The gift was appropriate because there is meaning to be gleaned beyond the wacky rhymes and fanciful illustrations. Books like The Lorax and The Butter Battle Book depict concepts like environmentalism and the arms race in a manner that children can understand and absorb.

March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. In honor of this iconic author, the National Education Association (NEA) has established March 2nd as Read Across America day. Visit the website to learn more and find out how you can participate.

There are many programs at the Library to celebrate this event as well:

Can’t get enough Dr. Seuss? Take a gander at our catalog and see what you can find. You can also visit Seussville for more information, fun activities and events, and other resources. Have fun!