On A Claire Day by Carla Ventresca and Henry Beckett

On A Claire Day

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  1. Prof d'anglais

    Prof d'anglais said, about 1 year ago

    I needed to show a student the definition of ‘ameliorist’ and for some strange reason ‘Google’ or any of the usual internet dictionaries, couldn’t find it. I had to resort to a real, live dictionary. It was only after that I discovered one, tiny reference hidden in ‘Ask Jeeves’.

  2. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, about 1 year ago

    Does this Kid even KNOW WHERE he is!

  3. jimshari

    jimshari said, about 1 year ago

    The library website actually has a lot of info for looking stuff up instead of going there! She should have said, we had to look at encyclopedia volumes! I remember when they sold those door to door!

  4. T_Lexi

    T_Lexi said, about 1 year ago

    Ahh… the good ol’ days! I had a work/study job in college, at the library – I got to type up the cards for the card catalog (on a manual typewriter). Loved it – I got to see all the brand new books just as they arrived!

  5. LadyChel

    LadyChel said, about 1 year ago

    @Prof d'anglais

    Hah, that’s interesting! I had to go look it up xD. Ameliorate – to make better or more tolerable. Ameliorism – the desire to solve social problems by reforming individuals….but that one’s from yahoo answers and doesn’t count. Hard to find trustworthy sites; there’s just too much junk out there on the net : /

  6. Davepostmp

    Davepostmp said, about 1 year ago

    @Prof d'anglais

    I got it as a second choice with 6740 results. It tried to choose meliorist for me.

  7. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Give ’em all SmartFones and turn ’em loose…
    Sad

  8. bevgrey

    bevgrey GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I work in a library and have heard many stories of patrons spending an hour on a computer trying to find information, only to have it handed to them in five minutes when they finally ask a librarian. We rule!

  9. bevgrey

    bevgrey GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I work in a library and have heard many stories of patrons spending an hour on a computer trying to find information, only to have it handed to them in five minutes when they finally ask a librarian. We rule!

  10. jkn1027

    jkn1027 said, about 1 year ago

    As a librarian, I always find it funny that people actually believe you can find everything with Google.

  11. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 1 year ago

    My old book store and the public library had the same phone number except for the two interior digits reversed. If we knew the answer, we would give it to wrong numbers and never let on.

  12. Jon Hra

    Jon Hra said, about 1 year ago

    @Davepostmp

    Yes, it is strange. My first result was from a Romanian translation :0

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 1 year ago

    It’s great that Claire is taking a personal interest in this kid, to make him feel comfortable there. In my day it was thought that menial labor and lots of sports were the right path. Academics were considered magical, and success in them was a complete mystery. A of guys I went to college with really struggled because of a lack of preparation.

  14. DAZZ

    DAZZ GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    I seldom look for meanings of words because most that I hear are familiar to me. My last intense use of the library was for one of my first engineering projects (being self taught I had not yet had occasion to delve into gear ratios and such.


    I designed a machine that accomplished the tedious task of cutting (w/ resistance heat) 2 slashes on 6" centers for the length of an entire spool of nylon ribbon while taking from one spool and rewinding on another. The workers who had sat there performing that mind numbing task were happy and my boss was happier.


    I had just learned a new skill. I was not yet 30 but we were still far from having the www at that time.

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