Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Comment Form of the Day

“I’m friends with Laura and Barbara Bush; therefore, having you fired for “incompetence” or this library closed, should not be a problem.”

Friday, February 22, 2008

Yell Phone

Yesterday I was working at the reference desk with Jason, a tech at the branch as well as a liberry school student. He was trying to help a customer find a tax form, but the customer didn't know the number or name of the form.

The customer had one of those tiny ear phones. He decided to call his wife and ask her about the form, so he screamed into his phone SWEETHEART. . . (and looking at Jason) SWEETHEART!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday's Child

A kid comes in with his friend--they want to look at the microfilm for the newspaper on the day they were born.
Problem: one kid can't remember when his birthday is.

Kid 1: It's October 1999.

Kid 2: But what DAY?

Kid 1: Saturday!

Kid 2: No, the NUMBER.

Kid 1: October 1999. Saturday.

Me: Well, was it Saturday this year, or the year you were born?

Kid 1: It's always Saturday!

Eventually, we figured out it was October 19, 1999.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Virtual Reference Transcript

PATRON: i should just give up i will tell my teacher i am a low life

(I cut some of the conversation out. Basically the patron is looking for a biography).

Librarian: No, I don't want you to do that! Do you have a library card? I see your library has a Biography database we could try.

PATRON: thanks for your help i am mad

Librarian: I'm sorry you are mad.

PATRON: what ever , i am done i will drop out of high
school now, i give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Extremely Polite

This morning a woman came to the desk and asked about our cell phone policy. She was wondering if it would be ok if she sat in a far away corner and made a quiet phone call.

Absolutely! We just ask that you keep your ringer on vibrate/silent (no one does) and speak quietly so that other customers are not disturbed.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Database saves the day

Caller: This is something I've always wondered about, do you know Mickey Rooney the actor and Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes? Well, I was wondering, . . . are they brothers?

Marian researched the Biography database and found that the answer is NO.

Thursday, February 07, 2008


Three spelling requests today:

1. laissez faire
2. rhythm
3. parade

Excellent Title

Today a caller wanted to reserve Larry Winget's Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

More Spelling

Man about 75: How do you spell Virgil? It's my dad's name.

Liberry isn't a casino

Yesterday a father was looking at the clocks we have near the reference desk. He said to his daughter see the clocks? That isn't something you'd find in a casino. I don't care if it's Vegas or (name some others). I've never seen a casino with a clock!