Have Passport, Will Travel

passportAnd now from the “If only this had happened just a bit sooner” file….

MPOW will officially become a Passport Office on Monday August 10th.  Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate will take place at our East Columbia Branch at 11:00 am that Monday.

Oh, how I wish either my trip to Spain had been a bit later this year or that the Passport Office had been ready a bit earlier.  Having to take the MARC train and Metro to the Regional Passport Office in Washington D.C. was not fun.  I had to go there once myself and my husband went the next day for me to actually pickup the passport (name change and it had expired).

The residents of Columbia, Howard County and Central Maryland don’t know how lucky they are.  They won’t have to fight commuter traffic to go to D.C. or stand in line at the post office bored out of their mind.  Instead if they do have to wait they have the whole library at their disposal to keep them occupied – books galore, plenty of computers with access to the Internet, periodicals, newspapers, books on CD, Playaways and lots more.

This is just another in a great line of services that we offer our community.  Makes me proud.

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Day 1 CIL2009 Or What the Wind Blew In

Had to take a later train than normal since I dropped my son off at high school.  Luck would have it they had just recently changed the Dorsey MARC station over from a manned (or womanned) ticket taker to a kiosk.  Well I must say the kiosk wasn’t very user friendly.  It wasn’t just me but several I saw struggle with it.  Literally was the last person to jump on the train.

As Stuart Ragland, from Enoch Pratt Free Library, and I are finding our seats I look to the left to see a very familiar face.  Sean McGovern a friend who works in DC was also on the same train.  Small world.

Rush through Union Station to the metro then the fun of trying to remember which side of the track you need to get on to go in the right direction.  Finally emerged from Crystal City station to a very windy Virginia.  Literally I think the wind blew every inch of curl out of my hair while it pushed us this way and that down the street to the Hyatt Regency.

After receiving my conference pass, with speaker and blogger ribbons (whoo hoo first year for both) I made my way downstairs to hear a bit of Lee Raine’s keynote speach.  Wireless is living up to it’s reputation like last year – took about 5 tries to connect.  Can’t remember how many wifi access points they had last year but they have at least 8 going this year.

Now for a brief moment to catch my breath before diving head first into a busy day of attending, blogging, and networking (f2f and virtual).