Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just ask the liberrian

Woman:  Strange things have been happening at my house and I've lived there for 10 years.
Me (knowing that this is a question I can't answer): What sorts of things?
Woman:  Eerie things that just don't seem right.
Rob (the computer tech who happens to be fixing the other reference pc):  You mean TAPS?
Woman:  Yes, exactly!  The assessors office told me to come here and ask you about that.

Yeah, just ask the liberrians.  They'll know for sure.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ping Pong

A continuation of a story about Mr. PB.  Earlier this week we had the same conversation about Mindset-- it's written by a woman, & her name starts with a C.  And once again the book was checked out.  Mr. PB said that's ok, I'll improvise, and started to walk away.  Then he turned around and said--  do you ever play ping pong?  That's what it is.  Basic math.  That's mindset.

Reference question of the day

Caller:  Hi, do you know those call letters that the military uses, A Alpha, B Bravo, C Charlie?  I was wondering what they are called and I'd like a list of all of them.

Me:  OK, let me put you on hold and do some research.

Fortunately it wasn't very busy yesterday.  I spend about 5 minutes looking in dictionaries, military books, other reference books, etc., then decide it would be better if I called him back.  He said he'd rather wait on the line or call me back, so I ask him to please call me back.  He calls back in about 30 min and here's what I told him--

I looked in many reference materials and couldn't find anything.  However, I did look on Amazon and found a juvenile book called Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet.  Our book is checked out, but I looked at the subjects of the book and found that the letters are the ICAO Alphabet Code.  Then I googled ICAO alphabet code and found the list!  (BTW- ICAO stands for International Civil Aviation Organization).


Saturday, April 23, 2011

yell phone liar

I overheard a woman in the liberry on her yell phone say-- I can't hear you right now, I'm driving!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Yet another service we don't provide

2 guys come to the desk.
Me:  May I help you?
Guy #1:  Yes, my friend here needs someone to kick his ass!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Laura Bush Knows Everthang

Elderly man with intense southern accent: "They sent me down here because they said you would know everthang.  You was like Laura Bush!"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Guy: Do you have one of those devices that you put a book in and it reads to you?

Me: No, but the [Big City] library does...

Guy: Oh good.  Because I have a lot of vision problems and I need to study for my driver's license test.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Who's on first, I mean... where's first?

Caller:  Ya know how in baseball they run around the bases counterclockwise?  Well, what they made third base first base so they ran clockwise instead of counterclockwise around the bases, would that make a difference?

Me:  That sounds like an opinion question that I can't really research.

Caller:  But what do you think?

Me:  I think I have a line of people waiting for me to help them.

Caller:  ok

Me:  Goodbye.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Mr. Purple Book

Last night Mr. Purple Book came to the desk many times.  Mostly to ask if the clock above the desk is really the right time.  A couple highlights:

MPB:  Know what happened to me today?  Someone stole my Mt. Dew.  I had it on the picnic table outside.  I walked away and when I came back it was gone.
Me:  Maybe they thought you were done with it if you just walked away.
MPB:  Or maybe they were just being mean.  That's what I think.


MPB:  Is this book new?  I've never seen it before in the whole library.  And it's about career aptitude tests- yeah, and it is interesting too ... I saw another book a couple days ago, but this one is still new.  See?  It's got the stamp on the side.  See what I mean?

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Girl at the desk

Yesterday I had to get the easel out of one of the rooms in the liberry and take it near the entrance.  I keyed in to the room and found an elderly man tutoring some guy.  When I picked up the easel, the older man said you better check with the girl at the desk before you take that.

I said, that's me, I am the girl at the desk!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Comments from yesterday's newcomers

Man pointing to all the CDs:  What's all this?
Me:  Music CDs.
Man:  That you can ... like ... checkout?
Me:  Yes.  You can check CDs out for a week and then renew them if no one is waiting.


Elderly man and wife:
Wife:  You can look up things [at these catalog pcs].
Man:  Then what are the other [Internet] ones for?
Wife:  I don't know.
Man:  They've got it all here, don't they?