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Monthly Archives: November 2015

You’ve Got Mail

You love getting mail, don’t you? I think we all do. Especially when it isn’t junk mail or bills.

But how often do you send mail? Maybe you need a reason, some inspiration. Well look no further. Peruse our list of special occasions and reasons to revive the dying art of crafty correspondence. Feel free to share your stationery stories with us!

Compliment Day (3/ 1) – Why not!? Send someone a random compliment to start their day off right.

Draw A Bird Day (4/8) – Draw a bird and mail it to someone. The perfect project for kids, too! As the Portlandia characters would say, “Put a bird on it.”

Teacher Appreciation Day (5/3) – Perhaps you have friends or family members who are teachers. Or perhaps you want a super blast from the past and decide to reconnect with teachers from grammar school.

Lollipop Day (7/20) –What does a lollipop mean to you? Write a poem, draw one, send one, record yourself eating one and send it to a friend… Make this idea your own.

Friendship Day (8/3) – Send a note to show you care.

One Hit Wonders Day (9/25) – Make a CD of your favorite one hit wonders to mail to your close friends!

Book Giving Day (2/14) – How appropriate that this day falls on Valentine’s Day. Make your special someone feel extra special by sending them your favorite book.

Fulfill a “Card Request” (any day!) – Elderly folks, those with illnesses, and anyone who would like mail sent to someone add their name to a list. Find more at the From The Heart community on Facebook.

You really can mail just about anything. The post office might not necessarily encourage it, but you can do it. It’s a great idea for kids’ parties, family time, a creative outlet, or just something to cure rainy day boredom. It’s also a unique way to experience a historic slice of American culture.

Royal Mail letter box stuffed full with letters

Thanksgiving Week Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving: you know what to do today! Awake early to run your local Turkey Trot, then run home to start cooking your goose, I mean turkey, while the in-laws and grandparents chat with the kids and eagerly await their ensuing carbo-comas. Most importantly, don’t forget to share your gratitude for all the blessings in your life. Should you feel like diving into the roots of this holiday—and our evolved departure from the first ever celebration—visit this website.

Our offices will be closed in honor of the holiday. On Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th, our offices will be closed. Any orders submitted through the online order form will be processed when we resume normal office hours on Monday the 30th.

 

 

The Invisible Library Patron

Libraries are some of the most peaceful places on Earth. The cumulative knowledge of entire civilizations sits silently on the shelves. Quiet immensities lurking between covers. Some lucky libraries have an extra kind of lurker: ghosts.

As the evenings grow longer and colder and Winter sets in, the occasional ghost story seems appropriate. For these libraries, the ghost story is a daily theme, some dating back to the 1800s! Turn a light on (or off, if you’re adventurous), grab a bowl of popcorn, and prepare to be spooked.

The Cairo Public Library in Illinois is home to a ghostly presence known as Toby. Toby likes to walk around on the second story and turn on lights that workers definitely turned off. Librarians also note the frequent sounds of a rocking chair’s creak—a noise which might be soothing at Grandma’s house but not so much in an empty library. Toby also seemingly had a penchant for mixing up freshly sorted catalog cards. When Toby goes on spooking vacations and he doesn’t come around for awhile, the librarians aptly and fondly say he is “overdue.”

A ghost with a library card? Yep, that’s Phyllis Parker, the resident apparition at the Bernardsville Public Library in New Jersey. Poor Phyllis Parker was betrayed by a lover. When you trace back the roots of this ghost story, you find a sticky web woven of deception and love. Phyllis paid a hefty price for falling in love with a spy and suffered a nervous breakdown upon unexpectedly discovering her lover’s dead body in the Tavern that resided in the now-library building. Even after the building converted to a home, screams and slams (like the slamming of a coffin lid) were heard shortly after the incident in 1877 and until 1902, when the library moved into the house. Phyllis must have calmed down for a bit, because little was heard from her until 1977, when renovations likely stirred her back into action.

Nobody can seem to pin the genesis of the Rocky Mountain High School haunting to any specific incident, but the ghostly presence has been detected by numerous staff and students. The inhabitants of Byron, Wyoming, have experienced repeated strange happenings near the former library, including cold spots, putrid odors, invisible footsteps, misty shapes, and lights turning on and off by themselves. In 1989, a worried custodian heard a blood-curdling scream from inside the ladies’ locker room; upon investigation, he found no source of the scream.

Wyoming might be a hot spot for ghosts. Another town, Green River, boasts a restless spirit in the Sweetwater County Library, which was, not surprisingly, built atop a former cemetery. Most of the graves had been relocated in the 1920s, but one coffin was discovered in the 1980s. From the moment the library opened its doors in 1980, a ghostly presence disturbed the peace by turning on and off lights, making flapping noises, using the typewriters (unfortunately only when not loaded with paper), and spelling out one librarian’s name directly onto the computer screen. Employees now keep a log when anything happens. As the ghost’s presence became more documented, it seems to have calmed down and only comes out sporadically. A shy ghost, perhaps.

Now, arguably the most famous of all the ghost personalities, we meet the Grey Lady, who inhabits the Evansville, Indiana, Willard Library. She is known to waft her perfume near the elevator, restrooms, and children’s room. As one can imagine, she earned the name Grey Lady because of her shadowy figure seen on camera and by library visitors. Multiple paranormal experts have confirmed that a ghostly presence has been in this library. Furthermore, the library set up webcams for interested viewers to experience the Grey Lady themselves. Heavy internet traffic immediately after camera installation caused a citywide crash in internet service! People are fascinated by this ghost. Indeed the library seems proud to be the Grey Lady’s haunting grounds; their website features information about her (here), and also offers self-guided or host-guided tours beginning in October.

Willard Library Ghost cam

Image courtesy of the Willard Library Ghost Camera.

Going Global

Do you need access to the United States library system? Our extensive network allows access to a formidable collection of documents; not just online database articles, but also physical hard copies from libraries. Whether you need an article in English, or a Russian journal with an American date stamp, we offer our stellar service as international document retrieval specialists. All for just $9 a document for Standard turnaround, or $15 a document for ASAP delivery (plus applicable copyright royalties). This might be the best news you’ve heard all day! Give us a call at 855-809-1227 or send us an email to find out more.

 

No List is Too Big or Too Small

Did you know that you can order using only PubMed ID numbers? Yep. No list is too big or too small. So send your lists of PubMed citations directly to us! Our ASAP turnaround will get your needed scholarly articles to you within hours.

Happy Monday!

Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

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Image courtesy of www.joyreactor.com.

Anatomy of a Book

In the Documents Delivered office, we eat and breathe books. We talk about books like 5th graders talk about their crushes. You may remember a recent DD blog in which we discussed relevant universal book terminology, including the definitions of front matter, verso, recto, and so on.

Just the other day, we were working on a project and discovered that we needed an even more precise vocab to accurately discuss what our client needed. If we, the “experts,” were lacking, then the general public is probably just as sadly uninformed. We found this video that wonderfully and accessibly discusses the more common parts of the book (plus, the narrator has a lovely British accent). Between the video and the images below (click on the images for clearer quality), we came away with a better understanding of the anatomy of a book, and hope you do too!

 

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Helpful Hints for Ordering

Q: What if I don’t have a full citation?

A: Not a problem! Fill in the fields that you do know, and we can usually figure out the rest.

 

Q: Do I have to enter my personal information each and every time I use the online order form?

A: No. Simply click the “Yes, save my client information and address information for future orders” button in the “Addresses” section. Your personal information will automatically populate.

 

Q: All I have is a PubMed ID number—is that OK?

A: Yes! With just that one piece of information, we can access the full citation information.

 

Q: I have a very large list. Can I still use the order form without manually typing out each citation?

A: You may still use the online order form. Select the “File Upload” button and simply upload your list.

 

If you still are unsure about a particular section of the online order form, feel free to clarify your request with us, or ask any questions in the “Special Instructions” box at the very end of the order form.

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