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The Library

The other day I was at a library. I won’t say which one as I don’t want to embarrass anyone. However, they seemed to be doing a fine job in that department on their own, and most certainly do not need me for it. I was looking for a book by Eliot. I went to the E section, and found an Eliot, but not the right one. However, in the same section I found Jane Austen’s Emma. I thought this was rather curious. Further down I located Eugene O’Neill’s work. Hrm. Most strange. I realized that their alphabetization system is most peculiar, and dare I say, haphazard.
So I went to the T section. No, the book I was looking for was not there. S? No, not there either. By now you must realize I was looking for T.S. Eliot. The Waste Land to be specific. So I looked under W, T again, and even L, for good measure. None of these places had what I was looking for. In consolation I managed to persuade myself that someone must have surely checked it out. Even a library that doesn’t seem to know how the alphabet works must have a copy of T.S. Eliot. Somewhere.
I know what you must be thinking. That these books were misplaced by patrons. And this would make the most sense, except the actual call numbers on the spines of the books indicated that their placement was indeed as it was. For example, Austen’s Emma had the call number that started with EMM, and was “properly” arranged in the E section.
I walked around some, and found Shakespeare under H, for Hamlet. George Orwell’s 1984 was in the X section, which I understood to be a snide commentary of his work on the part of the librarian. Meyer’s Twilight was under Y, for reasons unknown. Unless the librarian was asking “why was this ever written?” In which case that might just be the only accurate placement in the entire library.
I spent about half an hour perusing the various sections. Once in a while, whoever devised this system got it right, and the books were actually placed according to the author’s last name. But for the most part it appeared as though someone randomly picked letters from the middle of the author’s name, or title of the work, and stuck them on the book. It quickly became a game of “how did this book end up where it is?” Sometimes this was obvious, and other times I made up my own scenarios. Next time I am looking for a book, perhaps one that I don’t immediately need, I will try this library again. For amusement purposes. And pictures.

Best of Elmo – Top 6 Elmo Toys

My daughter’s fascination with Elmo has finally started subsiding. I am not sure what happened, but you know what they say about looking a gift horse in the mouth. Unfortunately, at the peak of her obsession I was diligently researching some fun Elmo toys to perhaps surprise her on her birthday/Christmas/Easter or whatever else was coming up. Even though I am no longer going to be making use of my research (until either she gets her Elmo kick back or Ducky takes it up), I am going to share my findings with you. Hopefully this helps you shop for your Elmo-crazed little one.
Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo

We love music in our house. We buy the kids toy drums, pianos, maracas, guitars, etc. So I thought this toy was perfect, combining some of the kids’ favorite things. And Elmo kind of looks cute. But I didn’t say that.

Sesame Street Elmo Plush

This one is one of my favorites because it is so simple. Elmo isn’t doing anything, but with a child’s imagination he can be doing anything. Your kid can play with him, snuggle him, taking him anywhere. I love the versatility.

Fisher Price Tickle Baby Elmo

Ok, I have to admit is kind of cute. And you can quote me on that. This Elmo is considered a collectible, so it can be high in price. But if you are just getting it for your kid to play with, I recommend a knock off.

Sesame Street Elmo’s Find and Learn Alphabet Blocks

I love instructional toys, so I was very glad (even though not surprised) that Fisher Price made an Elmo alphabet set. Even though Munchie has several alphabet/number sets, one more, especially in a favorite character, can’t hurt. I may still get this one even if she is no longer a huge Elmo fan.

Sesame Street Car Seat Cover

I thought this one would be great to lure her into the car. Um… that kind of sounded wrong. But seriously, sometimes she just doesn’t want to get in the car. This is really frustrating in the mornings. So I thought this may be a little incentive. Also, if it doesn’t work as planned, at least I would have an easily removable car seat cover as opposed to having Hubby take the car seat out every time and hosing it done in the back yard, making it so I can’t take the kids anywhere in my car for a few days while it dries. All sorts of problems just got solved.

Fisher Price Elmo Live

Ok, this one is a little pricey if you buy it new. So your kid has to be absolutely devoted to Elmo. But if you can spare it, it is a pretty cool toy. You can also get it used. I personally have no problem with that, but I know some people would. Yet I could not have a Best of Elmo list without at least mentioning Live Elmo.

Are there any I have missed? What other Elmo toys are out there?