Saturday, November 25, 2006

Favorite Liberry e-Newsletter

 My favorite liberry e-newsletter is published by Thomson Gale and is called  Funny You Should Ask.  Subscribe here.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

You Know You Work in a Library When...

--In the restroom at headquarters, they keep the paper towels in a Princeton file

--You use book tape instead of band-aids on your blisters

--You have to stop yourself from saying "Reference Desk" when you answer your phone at home

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Sorry, it doesn't come off

Girl: Can I borrow your clock?

Me: Why?

Girl: I need to draw a circle.

Crackpot of the Day

"Did you know that Noah Webster altered American history in 1828 when he rewrote the definition of 'amendment' in the dictionary? It used to just mean 'add' but he made it also mean 'change'. We didn't use to be able to change the Constitution!"

Monday, November 06, 2006

We who are about to Refgrunt salute you

10:05 Can you print out the lists of characters from these six soap operas for me, and can you make them all fit on one page?

10:10 I need The Mermaid Chair and a DVD of Antwone Fisher.
--We have the first, but not the second, and Library One City Over’s copy is missing.
She’ll just go to Blockbuster.

10:12 Can you print out a biography of Ryan Seacrest? Don’t you think he’s cute??

10:15 Who is the co-host of E! News? (guess who?)

10:17 Can I have a guest pass for the internet? I’m from Canada.

10:21 A library tech needs me to look up a record from the paging list—oh, volume 5 of Fruits Basket.

10:29 Tech returns—for some reason the new Robert Ludlum book shows up 13 times on the paging list even though we only have the one copy. Huh.

10:33 I have an assignment to find out about the history of infant massage in Africa.
--What??
I know, my teacher is crazy.

10:49 I need a book by Stephanie Crane. I think it’s called The Red Badge of Courage.

11:09 I need John Gotti books.

11:22 What time do you close? It’s funny, there aren’t many internet caf├ęs here; there are scads of them in Vancouver!

11:23 I found some menopause books—just what I need!

11:28 Can you look up for me where I need to return my rental car, and how I can get back here on mass transit, and where there is a junkyard and a Napa Auto Parts?

11:41 I can’t read your writing where you wrote down the name of the E! News person. Also, do you want me to bring in some Care Bears coloring sheets for the kids?

11:45 Is there another library near that auto parts store?

11:51 Can I get some bookmarkers? Like this many? (She takes about 20)

11:52 How can I get on the internet?

11:59 Do you have the Guinness Book of World Records?

12:15 I need directions to the [Neighboring City] Performing Arts Center. And also, do you have computer classes?

12:21 Can I check this out here?
--No, and this is a reference book—let me get you one that checks out and you can take it to the front desk.

12:24 Do you have a big piece of scratch paper?
--Ask the circ desk, maybe they do.

Well, that's a relief

Right as I was getting out of my car this morning, a woman came by with an empty bottle in a brown paper bag and asked me where to find a trash can.

I must have had an odd look on my face because she said "Oh! I just found it--I wasn't drinking this early!"