Thursday, September 30, 2010

Not an answer I provide

Today a woman asked me where I go to church. I said that's a personal question I choose not to answer. Wow, did she get mad!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Mom and teen daughter @ the desk.
Mom-- (super loud) Do you have Roots? It was so so so popular in the 70s. The whole nation sat in front of their TVs for a week straight. Make that two weeks straight.
Man walks by-- yeah, I remember Roots.
Mom (to daughter)-- See, I told you, the whole nation was in front of their TV set for 2 weeks straight.
Me (looking @ catalog)-- It looks like most of the copies are checked out. (I didn't say that most of them were missing). There's a waiting list of 20 people. Do you want me to put you on the list?
Mom (to daughter)-- See, I told you Roots was popular. There are 20 people waiting for it! I told you!!! See, it's black history. For that matter it's white history. It was a phenomenon.
Me-- OK. You'll get a letter in the mail or email when it comes in.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


The encyclopedia of conspiracies and conspiracy theories / Michael Newton

Sunday, September 19, 2010

What I want to be when I grow up

This middle school kid & his dad came to the liberry to look for material for the assignment-- what I want to be when I grow up. The dad did all the talking.

Dad: Do you have any biographies of scientists, in particular volcanologists?
Me: What was the subject? (looking at it written down is easier than hearing it and wondering what he = saying)
Dad: Volcanologists. I think that's how it's pronounced. (The kid agreed).
Me: (now that I know he wants to study volcanoes...) Let me look for some material.

I satisfied his information needs for the day because I found a book called Volcanologists as well as career encyclopedias, books about volcanoes, books about being a scientist, even a book called Volcanology.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Study group

A couple of students from the local community college asked me what time we close. I told them 8, and they looked at me and said not 9 or 10?

Me: No, we close at 8.
Students: Oh, cuz we told our study group that we could study until 9 or 10. (as if I have the authority to keep the liberry open later...).
Me: Let me check something-- the Starbucks a block away stays open until 9. Maybe you could meet there?

They left, and that's probably where they went!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I love our regulars

Guy who requests dozens of manga books several times a week: "I love your scarf today! It's!"

Sweet, dapper British guy with fantastic waxed mustache: "I'm in here all the time, but the one time I bring The Boss [I think he means his wife], you don't have the book she wants!"

...and one new lady: "You must just LOVE your job!!"

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Electric Typewriter

Our branch has 1 electric typewriter. Yesterday a woman asked me if it had the capability to erase. I showed her the button that would erase a character. She said, thanks, I'm only going to make 3 mistakes, but it's good to know it's there. Thanks!


If you know you are going to make exactly 3 mistakes, why are you going to make them in the first place?

Books about computers

Man: I'm looking for a book about computers.
Me: What about computers are you looking for?
He says something about Microsoft Office.
(as I browse the catalog the customer points to a title that looks good. I click on it and find that it was from 1996).
Man: That should work. Computers haven't changed much since 1996, have they?

Mr. Purple Book

Mr. PB: What time is it?
Me: 3:48.
Mr. PB: Oh, I thought it was the middle of the night. Thanks.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Today = ?

Today is Thursday.

Man-- oh, what a bummer! Now I have a whole 'nother day to go through. Are you sure it is Thursday?

a little too much information

We're going to have local artists exhibit their work in the liberry. We have applications at the ref desk. Yesterday a woman asked me for an application, and wondered if the artist must be physically present. Why? Her boyfriend is an artist, he sketches for her. They've never met, because he's in jail.

One Sentence

Do you have Rick Steves' videos on Indonesia, Bahrain, Singapore, Germany, and Guatemala?

Good book?

A woman commented-- that was a good book, but man! the paperback was so much better!