Sunday, September 25, 2016

O. Henry

An older woman volunteer asked me where I would file an O. Henry book.  I said in the Fiction, under Henry.  She said, "really?  When I was going to school it would have been filed under the Os like he was Irish, O'Henry." I first googled it to make sure, then said no, the "O could stand for Oliver, Orville, Owen, it's an O name, not part of the last name."  She said "well it sure used to be O'Henry.  My how things change when you get old.  I must really be getting old!"

Monday, August 15, 2016

Small World

July 2016 month marks my five year anniversary of working at Branch Z.  I worked at Branch Y for about 8 years but only have been back a couple times.  Twice this month men have come up to me and said, "did you used to work at Branch Y?  I remember you."  The branches are more than 30 miles apart and it is unlikely that one would take public transport between the two.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Upon receiving his brand new card,

the 20 year old looked around and remarked -- wow, cool!  This could be a great place to DO SCHOOL!

Sunday, August 07, 2016


A man about 65, old enough to know what a VHS tape is, mistakenly requested a VHS rather than a DVD.  When he pulled it from the holdshelf, he asked me if this is something that can be played in a computer.  I said no.  Five minutes later he said "ah ha, I got it, can I play this in my laptop?"  Sorry sir, you need a special machine to play a VHS.  Let me see if I can get you the DVD of that title.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stream of Consciousness

Repeat customer who comes once every few weeks--

A cookie will not solve my problems.  Plus, can you tell I lost 10 pounds?  (She wraps the cookie in a Kleenex and hands it to me).  Here, you have the cookie (and winks).  I am going to stay this size.  You know, I am going to go to Japan to write my book.  I really want the readers to feel like they are in Japan.  See, if I were writing about this city I wouldn't have to go anywhere.  But I am taking it one thing at a time,  see, I got pulled over for something I didn't do.  The cop asked for my papers but they disappeared.  So he wrote me up for a little something...  I should shut my mouth and be silent.  See, I am being respectful.  Goodbye.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Extremes of today

A woman came to the desk and said "I love you unconditionally.  Namaste."  Then a man asked me "where's your idiot boss?"  Poor Marian had to deal with him today...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Liberries Today

I went to the doctor today and the nurse was asking me what I do at the liberry.  I said, oh, ask people to take their cell phones outside, tell kids not to run, basically babysit the public.  She said, you have an MLS, right?  Oh yes I do.  (I could have gone into the weeding that I love to do, but it didn't fit in the conversation).

Then she said that her son told her that she is so old that she probably remembers liberries when they had the Dewey Decimal System.  I said, yes, we still have it!  She said, good, I will tell him, that makes me feel better!

That's awesome

Regular guy comes out of no where and says "the 99 cents store has my favorite chocolate.  All the way from San Francisco!"

My colleague says -- that's great, awesome!