I Voted

Today is the primary in Indiana and North Carolina. Record numbers of crowds turned out for early voting at the library last week. Normally I vote during early voting, but this year is different. This year I am an undecided voter.

Registered as unaffiliated, I get to choose which primary I vote in. It’s a toss up this year. The Republican candidate is pretty much already a given, and I am all for both of the Democratic front runners. Part of me feels it really doesn’t matter. It’s just a primary.

But something happened on the way to work this morning. I thought about all the women who came before me who fought so hard for our right to vote. Would I be doing them a disservice by not voting? Does apathy ever result in anything good?

I turned my car around and drove to my precinct. The parking lot was full, but I went in anyway. I knew that if I did not go first thing this morning I would keep finding an excuse not to do it. I only waited in line for about 15 minutes. While I was waiting I reflected on the excitement I felt when I turned 18 and registered to vote and felt even more so the first election I voted in.

I quickly but carefully cast my ballot and silently gave thanks to the many volunteers who work at precincts around the country.

To all my friends in Indiana and North Carolina, please go out and vote today!

Love in the Library

From Craigslist today:

South County Library Saturday afternoon – m4w (quiet room)

Reply to: pers-667790072@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-05-04, 7:12PM EDTYou: in green w/ ipod headphones on.me: i sat down late in the eve at a table on the other side of the computer kiosk. i think we caught each other looking at the other a few times.i would have liked to said hi – but it’s a library and not a bar – so here i am.

hit me back if you’re interested.

I love the line here, “it’s a library and not a bar.” If only he knew how many hook ups and hit ons take place on a given day. I hope she sees your ad!

Comment Challenge May 1- 31

From one of my favorite bloggers Michele Martin comes the 31 day comment challenge. Michele writes,

Comments are the lifeblood of blogging and for new bloggers, they can be the difference between sticking it out for the long haul and throwing in the towel.

I couldn’t agree more with this! Comments, linkbacks, and trackbacks are how I’ve “met” many of friends out in the biblioblogosphere. Most library systems are lucky to have one or even two dedicated trainers for staff. I remember being so frustrated a few years ago about not having anyone to bounce ideas around with. That’s why I am so thankful that I have been able to connect with other library trainers learning facilitators through all the cool Web 2.0 tools.

So I hope you will join Marianne and me in the challenge. Details about the 2008 31 Day Comment Challenge can be found here. There are a lot of educators and a few marketing professionals participating so this is a great chance to read about a variety of topics. There are even a few classes participating. I can’t wait to see what the students blog about.

Looks like May will be busy!