A South Looper hits the books and gets a poem written about her
A poem is read about Marilyn Scott at Newberry
10/03/2012 9:32 AM
I know South Looper Marilyn Scott in several different ways. She is a fellow docent at Glessner House Museum; her daughter Lisa Jaburek is also a South Looper and a member of my book club. And a couple of months ago or so, I got to know her in a completely new and different way--as the volunteer coordinator at the Newberry Library Book Fair. I volunteered (in the Chicago books area of the fair) this year for the first time. Marilyn was my "boss" and it was quite an experience. I had two pals I did it with--Mary Gerace and Anita Rogers--who both worked "checkout." And I met new friends that day, too.
Tribute: October 2, 2012 (and none too soon)
by Dan Crawford
Got some 400 slots
To fill in with bright volunteers;
Which she does to an inch:
The job’s such a cinch,
She’s enjoyed it for all of these years.
Robin wants to come on Friday, but from only 1 to 3,
Jordan likes to set up Fiction, but will not do M through Z.
Terence loves to count the money, but cannot count up to 4,
Abraham works best when seated but not too close to the door.
Phillip won’t work days when Alice does: there’s been a little rift,
Where to put Mercedes this year? I don’t want her on MY shift!
Mickey works best in the morning; after lunch he needs a nap;
Rodney’s better after feeding—when he’s hungry, he can snap.
Lulu likes to be a greeter, but she cops an attitude;
Last year Daisy bit a patron (who deserved it but he sued.)
Katie says she’ll work “Whenever”. Oops! She cancelled; scratch her out.
Maybe we’ll fill in with Freddy: He’ll be here all week, no doubt.
Email forms out. One hour later, changes come cascading in:
Freddy’s going to a wedding; Frances went and broke her shin;
Vincent got the dates mixed up; he has to come on Saturday;
Wendy has a flooded basement: if it rains, she cannot stay;
Annie’s in to set up art books, but she must work sitting down;
Emails just bounce back from Sarah; I hear she’s moved out of town:
Circle left and change assignments: Thursday? Friday? Do-si-do!
Book Fair set up starts tomorrow: switch all shifts, on with the show!
Got these 400 slots
To herd all these gerbils into;
She’s worked without pause
Or thought of applause
Which she now gets from me and from you.