On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Boudica.

I waa in Norfolk last week for the Virginia Library Association annual conference. I don’t take a lot of photos and they’re usually not very good, but I thought I’d share two.

Taken on 2017-10-11

This is the view from my hotel room on the 14th floor of The Main (Hilton). I enjoyed the little bit of Norfolk I saw. They had tons of great restaurants on Granby St. I need to go back to try more of them!

Taken on 2017-10-11

This is the view from the 6th floor terrace at the Slover Library. This is a beautiful public library incorporating structures from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
The dome in the distance is the MacArthur Memorial, which I visited. The library there has an amazing collection of MacArthur’s books and papers.


Thank you so much Boudica, do send us more when you can.


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13 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    Thanks for the pictures 😄

  2. 2
    Baud says:

    Virginia Library Association annual conference

    I’m glad I avoided Norfolk last week. I bet they are still cleaning up.

  3. 3
    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    Worse than Fleet Week.

  4. 4
    satby says:

    Ignore those guys Boudica 😃 Thanks for sharing! I’ve never been to Norfolk.

  5. 5
    Boudica says:

    We can be a wild and crazy bunch! It’s important to blow off steam after spending your day fighting for intellectual freedom and truth and facts in this world of fake news!

  6. 6
    Spanky says:

    @Baud: @Steeplejack (phone): If you guys knew any librarians, you might realize what they’re like outside the library.

    Same with elementary school teachers.

  7. 7
    Steeplejack (phone) says:


    We know! We know the havoc they can wreak.

  8. 8
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Baud: Yeah, you know how librarians get.

  9. 9
    MoxieM says:

    @Boudica: Hey Boudica! I’m considering fulfilling my lifelong dream of (finishing) library school. Be interested in your thoughts….

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    Barbara says:

    If you are ever in Norfolk, Virginia try to make time to visit the Chrysler Museum. It is in an elegant neo-Classical building, and it is free, with a very nice cafe. It is relatively small, but covers both decorative and fine arts, and the jewel is the extensive collection of art glass, from antiquity until today. Tiffany studios, of course, but many other makers of decorative glass, most I had never heard of before. They also have a glass blowing studio across the street, with more limited hours. Yes, it’s the same Chrysler family that gave name to the automobile company.

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    Elizabelle says:

    I love the Chrysler Museum.

    And in Richmond: the Virginia Museum of Fine Art is also free, although you have to pay for the special exhibits they occasionally host.

    Both treasures.

  12. 12
    MomSense says:

    Nice photos!

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    Boudica says:

    @MoxieM: If you have a passion for librarianship, go for it! However, most articles I’ve seen show a glut of librarians coming out of library school, just as communities are scaling back on hiring librarians, preferring to hire lower-salaried non-MLS staff to handle duties. So, depending on where you live, job openings (especially for full-time) can be few and far between. I got my degree in ’07 and it took me 16 months to find a librarian job (that was in Texas).

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