I volunteered at my local library and didn't shelve 1 book!
For those of you that don't know, I have a major in German. I started my German language training in high school, all four years. Then when I went to college, I took a German class every semester for five years. I don't know that I ever felt 'fluent' but I could probably survive if I was dropped off in a German speaking country with only my wits.
Today, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw something that caught my eye. My local library had posted a picture of the front page of a very old German book. The reference librarian was translating it for a patron and was open to anyone that could help. Initially, I just glanced at it then went about my internet-business. The next thing I knew, I had half a dozen internet tabs open including my old fallback online German dictionary. It took a little bit of Google-magic but I ended up with about half the page translated and scribbled onto notebook paper. The hardest part was trying to read the Old English type font. Instead of calling or emailing, I hopped in my car and drove the five blocks.
She and I sat down in her office and hashed out what I had found. She was thrilled and we both had a lot of fun putting the puzzle together. We didn't get everything translated but we got a good feel about what the book contained. For the curious persons, the book was Johann Friedrich Stark's Tägliches Handbuch in guten und bösen Tagen, für Gesunde, Betrübte, Kranke und Sterbende , or 'Daily Handbook in good and bad days, for Health, Sadness, Illness and Death.'
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