Friday, December 24, 2010


There's a man who looks at the microfilm machine for hours upon hours at a time. Last night as we were closing he asked me if we have the January 1992 reel of the local newspaper. I said no, we have some holes in that collection. He said-- that's ok, I have the hard copy in my garage.

20 years of newspapers in the garage! Unbelievable.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Movie of the Week

Law Abiding Citizen -- STOLEN!

Crazy Interaction

Man: I've got 55 minutes left of computer time, and I don't want to waste it. I don't know how I can find buyers for my land on Google. I own 17 acres of ocean view land in State Y. I'm 55 years old and I don't know how to work the computer.

Me: Do you have a real estate agent?

Man: Oh no. I don't want them to take all my money.

Me: We have books on for sale by owner.

Man: No, I don't want those. I want you to show me how to find a buyer for my 17 acres of ocean view land, even if they are in Japan.

... then he asked me if I'd be interested in buying the land or know someone who would be interested.

Not a service we provide.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Girl: Do you have Strawberries with Whipped Cream by James Patterson.

I look all over-- the catalog, Fantastic Fiction, Amazon, Google Books, etc. to finally learn that it is the epilogue to Sundays at Tiffany's.

Girl (to her dad): Why did they name the epilogue that?

Dad: Because it's art. They can do whatever they want. Why did Picasso paint people with three eyes? Because it's art!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Political bookmarks

Heather just brought me a napkin that she found in a book. (Sadly, she didn't remember which book it was, but she thinks it was in the sex section)

Someone wrote on it:


[I'm talkin' 'bout the Rumsfeld-f***]*

and on the other side, a phone number for a "Dr. Ready"

*there were no asterisks in the original

Can I put you on hold please?

Yesterday I took a call from the back room. They put the customer on hold while they transferred the call to me. When I said hello, this is Amy at the reference desk, how can I help you? the guy said -- you have amazing music on hold!

Then he asked me a question, I don't recall what it was, but I asked if I could put him on hold again while I do a little research. He said-- absolutely, I'll put you on speaker phone so my whole family will enjoy the music!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Liberrians and the RFID check out process

Today I checked out a few items on the RFID self check. The man next to me watched me and then glanced at my badge. He said-- wow! I've never seen a liberrian check anything out. I just assumed you could take whatever you want home with you.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mr. Purple Book

Mr. Purple Book was so confused today. He asked for the blue book on the brain, the book about the spine-- doesn't remember the author except the first name is Steve, and for books on how to fix private airplanes. Then he asked me when we are going to be closed for Christmas. I told him Friday and Saturday to which he replied-- is today Christmas Eve?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 14, 1982

Yesterday an annoying guy told me It's my birthday... I'm 28. Today a different guy who asked for books on codes and cheats told me the same thing: It's my birthday... I'm 28! But I look like I'm 18 or 19... haha.



Kid: Do you have Adventures of Ook and Gluk?

Me: So here's your new library card, and here are the fines, fees, and locations of the library.
Man: No honey, I have enough papers. I don't need any more papers. Honey, I know the rules.

I had to tell a couple to keep their voices down-- they were in an argument.
Woman: "Why are you treating me like this, do you know what it means to respect me? You aren't respecting me, do you hear me? Are you listening to me?"
Man: "I'm respecting you." etc. etc. etc. The same circular conversation continued until I went over there. How did they respond? The woman showed no respect for me!

Today is my birthday. I'm 28. Youth is not eternal.

Am I allowed to look at these newspapers?

How do I get a library card?

Art exhibit application


Can I have a pencil?

Notice was sent; item in transit.

I'm confused, the library is so confusing.

Central office for AA meetings

Don't understand the reservation system.

Do you have a ruler

Virtual reference-when is the item ready for pickup?

VR-- Card is no longer in the database. (I love VR this time of the year because it's so slow in the liberry-- and we can respond instantly!).

Andy Williams Christmas Album

Mariah Carey CDs

Bow Wow CD

Is that the only movies you guys have?

Do you have pictures of Egyptian tattoos?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Refgrunt from last week

Can I help you?
Oh, I wish you could.

Caller: I need to know the exact time, according to the US Naval Observatory Master Clock Time

Do you have The secrets of happily married men : eight ways to win your wife's heart forever by Scott Haltzman with Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. And you you have anything else on the subject? What about men and dating?

I ask the caller for his liberry card number even though I know exactly who it is. Funny.

Woman pointing to a catalog pc-- so even though it has the internet explorer icon we can't use it for the internet?

Guy who lives @ the CDs for hours a day hands me 3 empty CD cases. Later we found 3 empty DVD cases elsewhere in the liberry.

Do you have books on photography or something? Do you have DVDs or CDs about photography?

How do I get a library card? I want to buy some books and rent the internet computer. (filled out the form)... me: Do you have your id? No, I’m 19. I left it at the college because they told me I needed one.

I ordered a DVD about bees. Where is it?

2 movies we don’t have

Pictures of William the Conqueror

Virtual reference—can’t order books going to brand new branch because they are part of the opening day collection.

The liberry had a table for customers to write holiday cards for the troops. I found some inappropriate ones, like, Dear Service Member, I am __ and I’m an alcoholic. Pop bottles to freedom!

I want to print out some dragonballz pictures. How do I get on a computer?

Printing unemployment forms; our printer lost them

Nolo book & crockpot cooking

Do you have Mariah Carey Merry Christmas?

Man about 60-- know what I forgot to ask? Bus schedules... do them make them anymore? I show him where the schedules are and he says COOL! COOL! COOL!

Customer: Is it cold in here or is it me? It is freezing!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Short refgrunt, since we weren't very busy tonight

Do you have anything that will help me study for the history section of the GED?

Mr. Purple Book: Do you have books on the spine? You know, the one by Steve Somebody or Other. (He asked me that 3 times today).

Do you have Crack the TOEFL?
Yes, we have Cracking the TOEFL.

I'd like to reorder 2 movies I didn't get a chance to watch.

Do you have the ASVAB?

These (pile of scrap paper) are scratchers?

Can I check out here?

Today is the 8th or 9th? Is it Wednesday or Thursday?

Explorers report-- do you have anything on Henry Hudson?

I explain the PC Reservation system to a customer who thinks she can just hop on any (one that looks like it is) available one.

Mother to 10 year old son: You owe 12 dollars, dude. You wanna pay that now or later?

Do you have Miracle of Life on DVD?

Can I borrow the phone to call my mom so she'll come get me?


Love the Liberry blog was recognized by Guide to Online Schools as one of the best liberry blogs! Thanks so much!

Sunday, December 05, 2010


--Can you turn the internet filter off for me?

--“If the word ‘foot’ is called singular, what do you call ‘feet’?”

--Nice guy wants me to look up his account, but accidentally gives me his NRA membership card instead of his library card. He also says the author Richard Marcinko used to be his Navy SEAL instructor. “He was kind of a character.”

--Looking for two books with the same name: Hunting Evil. “One’s about Nazis and the other one’s about a serial killer.”

--Where are the oversized books?

--How can I get on the internet?

--(takes 3 tissues) “…Hi.”

--“I need some books on hip-hop of the 1990s. I mean, the 1970s. Or just on the history of hip-hop, I don’t know.”

--AR books

--Needs an article in Arabic about the singer Umm Kulthum.

--Singular/plural guy wants to know the difference between ‘dear’, ‘dare’, and ‘deer’.

--Can we order Thriller and Paula Abdul’s greatest hits?

--“My son wants the book The Postman.”

--Mr Purple Book shows up: “Is that the right time right there, 8 minutes to 1?”

--Books on how to probate an estate

--Writing an essay about new types of writing, e.g. texting, vs old types.

--Someone has moved Who Moved My Cheese? but we find it in the back room.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

our Sony Reader display

Man: Do me a favor: when the world of reading books is gone and it is all on this (points to Sony Reader) remind me to shoot myself!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

1/2 Refgrunt

This is only 1/2 a refgrunt-- I should have written one from my 12-2 desk shift because it was question after question, BAM BAM BAM! So here's the rg from my 2nd desk shift of the day:

Witches... where are those books? I'm really interested in the topic, but I don't want to become one.

Twilight-- the catalog says it is here. (but it wasn't).

How do I get a liberry card? I have one for the county, would that work here?

How do I renew the items on my card?

Where are books on Mormons and handcarts?

The Prey series... who wrote it? (John Sandford)

How do I get a liberry card?

Where's the quiet study area?

I see you more often than I see certain members of my family! How do I request something outside the system without saying yes to the security question? I don't want my information to be insecure. I mean I don't want anything to happen to my information if the website isn't secure.

Do you have a Sharpie I can borrow real quick?

Where would I find Christmas music? Is there a certain label on the CD if it's Christmas music?

Excuse me, today is Wednesday?

Bye, sorry about the cell phone.

To Kill a Mockingbird


Where are the new books in Spanish?

Long genealogy question

Long baking question

Where are the Consumer Reports magazines?

and some virtual reference questions too