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Question #47261 posted on 09/06/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a way I can get a list of all the books I've ever checked out of the HBLL? I am trying to find a story I read several years ago and I know I got the book at the HBLL but I can't recall the name of it.

- someone's mom

A: Dear mom,

Most likely not. Public and academic libraries regularly delete patron checkout information once a book has been returned. In addition to saving server space, it's actually a civil liberties issue — they don't want government agencies to be able to subpoena such records.

However, there are many resources for identifying unknown books and stories (including this very institution), so all may not be lost!

- Katya the librarian (who keeps a book diary for this very reason)
Question #47259 posted on 09/06/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board (particularly Polly Esther):

Why do you sometimes address people as Ethel? What is the significance of that name and how do you decide whom to call Ethel?


A: Dear Ethel,

Of all the random questions I've already answered...

Really, I just stuck it in there as a place holder for a name one day and then decided it was easier to leave it there. Except there was that week-long period when I started calling people by their sign-off names. That was really weird for me. I'm glad to be done with it.

-Polly Esther
Question #47257 posted on 09/06/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

You all appear from the responses the questions asked to have a reasonable amount of knowledge, especially in your given realm of learning. I am trying to compile a list of books for my children that they should read before the leave my direct influence as a parent and they are off in the cold harsh world to fend for themselves. Within each of your own spheres of knowledge, what would be the top ten books that you would recommend that an individual, lets say a werf, should read before or even during college. I am not restricting these to any age group but if there are any on a young reader level that you would like to include in your list that would be great!

- the list lover

A: Dear list,

This isn't really in my realm of learning, but when your kids are entering high school, I'd recommend having them (and you) read The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins. Maybe even have them read it at a younger age if you think they'll benefit.

-Curious Physics Minor
A: Dear Ethel,

I won't list the scriptures since everyone should be reading them anyway.

In no particular order:
-The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (or the entire series) by C.S. Lewis
-1984 by George Orwell
-The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
-Lord of the Flies by William Golding
-Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
-To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
-Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
-The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
-The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (all 5 books in the trilogy)
-The Lesson by Carol Lynn Pearson

and last but not least,
-Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (just kidding!)

-Polly Esther
A: Dear list lover,

In the realm of linguistics I recommend Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill and Far from the Madding Gerund, by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K. Pullum.

- Katya
A: Dear LoL (lover of lists),

The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
My Name is Asher Lev, Chiam Potok
How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, Frank Bettger
Yolanda's Genius, Carol Fenner
Maniac McGee, Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
The Double Helix, James Watson
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

I gave you extra because I tried to include a good smattering of books for older and younger people. Some of the books on this list teach excellent life lessons (pretty much all of them, actually), and some I included especially because they're those books where everyone just assumes you've read them, and most everyone remembers as being really good (like A Wrinkle in Time).

Happy reading ...

Question #47255 posted on 09/06/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some good running routes for someone who lives south of campus? I'm looking for some 1-, 1.5-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-mile courses. I like loops, and I also like avoiding major roads (it's fine to cross them, but there's too much ogling when you run down one). And I'm not really down with the indoor track either, way too tedious. Many thanks, kind friends.

- smashing

A: Dear Ethel,

For a 1-miler, you can try one milers from 2nd East and 600 North up to around 6th East and then turn and go north a block, then back around.

A really good 2-mile one is from 2nd East and 6th North to 7th East, up to Center Street (it's quiet at night), to 2nd East and back down.

For 5 miles go all the way up 2nd North into the residential area there until you have counted as many blocks as you need (around 22, I believe), then go over one block and come back down. Which applies to any length, just run the number of blocks you need and come back.

Also good for running: the RB stairs. Commit to 10 reps of going from the the sidewalk at the bottom all the way up to the top and to the SWKT and back. Every other time skip stairs. Your legs will be so sexy in no time.

-Polly Esther
Question #47246 posted on 09/06/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm trying to locate a licensed commercial kitchen in the Provo area that I could rent for a few hours each week. It doesn't need to be big. All I need is a stove, sink, and small table/countertop. It needs to be clean and sanitary, but other than that I'm not too picky right now because I just need to find something soon.

I've spent hours searching and haven't been able to find anything like this in Provo--although I've found many others in other (larger) cities. Can you point me in the right direction?

I remember a few years ago there were "Berkley Bars" available in the BYU Bookstore which were granola bars made by a student. I assume that student had some sort of commercial kitchen connections in order to be able to sell them to the bookstore. Any ideas where he produced his products?

Thank you!


A: Dear Foodie,

This place in Provo says they will rent to those "moderate or low-income community members seeking to establish their own food business." (If you're a student, you're poor, right?)

I also found this company, whose site says they have kitchens in Salt Lake City and this place in Farmington.

- Katya