Monday, April 27, 2009

Look who's here!

List Guy has turned up at this branch now. Oh, joy. Still on the Nancy Drew books, but now he also wants the plays of Sophocles.

I ask him to keep his voice down a little, and he says "my father always said that if I was going to have my voice that loud, I should be using it to praise him."

Today, he says his father is David Hasselhoff. (Previously, it was Gary Paulsen.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

People who know what they want

Lady: I'm looking for a book on how to live in the now. My friend told me I should do that, so I'm ready to start.

Me: Well, there's this one...oh, that's at the [city an hour away] branch.

Lady: I'll go there! I have goals. I need to live in the now.


Little girl: [can barely reach the desk] What's this book about?

Me: [it's The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook] It's a cookbook. You know, with recipes?

Little girl: Oh no, I can't cook. I'm, like, I'm four.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Amusing: people who are shocked! that the free tax help service is all booked up!

The "Not a Service We Provide" award of the week:
A lady with a vision impairment wants us to read the tax instruction book to her.
We say it's NASWP, and another customer actually volunteers to do it! How nice!
However, the woman says she would feel "more comfortable" if one of us did it. Well, sorry.
Then she says that the government should just send you a letter that says "don't worry, we'll take care of it for you" if you have a disability. She is totally serious.
We refer her to the free tax help people, but she is not comfortable with that either.
Braille Institute? Maybe. She will think about it.

[I realize I sound like a horrible person here, but she was VERY rude.]