One of our librarians brought in a giant tub of stuffed animals for end-of-the-block study relief with a big "Need a Study Buddy?" sign. And her favorite monkey puppet, which has been slung around both her and the ref desk monitor (alternating). Actual squeals of heartfelt delight have been heard. Some of them from hockey players.
Since "Discovery happens elsewhere", as Lorcan Dempsey so famously said, how do we make it easy for users who have discovered the perfect thing get it (or even find out if they CAN get it), even when getting it requires going through library authentication mechanisms that are on the opposite side of the internet from where they are.
I have a car to drive for as long as I need one. It's possible I may be able to plug my new dryer in as soon as tonight. My websites are back up (thank you, Blake!!!) and can get fixed up gradually. I don't care much about the dishwasher. And I even got 5 hours of sleep in a row last night. So things are looking up.