Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kids these days...

Our new (well, she's been here for almost 2 years, but I think this is the first time we've mentioned her) kids' librarian Matilda sent me this exchange the other day:


Boy: Are you Asian?

Me: Yes.

Boy: I could tell.

Me: How?

Boy: Your eyes.

Me: My eyes? Not my hair? Or my fingernails? Or my ears?

Boy: Your eyes. Because we're Asian too, see.
(Solemnly lifts up bangs to show me his eyes.)
We desperately really need the book "Strega Nona." I noticed that it's supposed to be available at this library, but it's not on the shelf. I assume someone didn't put it back. Kids these days.
(Rolls eyes.)

Me: Wait...how old are you?

Boy: 7.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

What's wrong with this picture?

Yes, yesterday was a hot summer day...

A woman eating ice cream out of a pint container asked me if I had seen the boy with the bike go by the reference desk.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Zoo Day

Yesterday I worked @ the kids desk for an hour. A long hour! It was craft day for the kids. One dad asked me-- is it craft day or zoo day?

The mother of one of the high school volunteers asked me how long will it last. I told her an hour, and she said she is going to go sit in the car. I work @ one of the biggest liberries in the county with plenty of room for people to sit and read magazines (not in the kids area), but fine-- wait in the car if you choose!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

dudes that read

I was shelving today and overheard a group of teenage boys in the fiction section.

Dude 1: Hey, this is by that same guy who wrote Of Mice and Men! John Steinbeck.

Dude 2: Of Mice and Men, I read that. That's a bomb-ass book.

An incredible "not a service we provide" request

This woman named called the liberry and asked to speak to me. [first sign that this isn't good]. She told me about all her overdue books, and that her life is so complicated, and that she doesn't know when she'll be able to return them.

Then she asked me if I had any breaks left in the day, and I asked her why? She said-- can I just give you my address and my daughter will meet you half way and give you the books? I said my break isn't long enough for that, and it isn't a service we provide. [I don't even know why I said my break isn't long enough; should have just said naswp first]. She said, well, what about the other people working there? I immediately said that's not a service we provide!

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What if we did provide that service? I can just see all the liberry employees driving golf carts around town picking up (and hey, why not delivering) books. One big deposit collection for the statistics!