Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Questions for a baseball player

This week we had an exciting visit from a major league baseball player! 
He read stories to kids, and answered questions like "What's the fastest ball you've ever caught?" and so on...and then one little boy piped up:  "What's your favorite princess?"

Answer: Ariel.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

----ovich authors

Customer:  Do you have the new book by Erin Brockovich?
Me:  Let me see, . . . yes, we have Rock Bottom.
Customer:  No, I think it was Smokin' or Sizzling something.
Me:  Oh, you mean Janet Evanovich? 
Customer:  Yeah, I guess that's it.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rodrick Rules

The girl wanted to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules because it = #2 in the series.  She requested it and when it came she looked at it and said-- no, I want to read #2.  I told her that is #2, but she pointed to the writing that said #1.  She didn't read after the #1 that said New York Times Bestseller

Not a service we provide

Today Kelsey came from HQ to Branch X.  She needed to talk to me, but I had a line @ the desk.  Kelsey asked the next person in line if she could help them.  The customer was a woman about 50.  She wanted to know if we have VHS tapes she can copy in the liberry. 

a) We don't have VHS.
b) We don't have the machine that would allow one to copy a VHS.
c) We don't want to break the law.
Therefore, it's not a service we provide!

Another service we don't provide

Man about 30:  Do you have a skeleton?
Me:  You mean a book about a skeleton?
Man: No, the actual structure like they have in a doctor's office.
Me:  No, sorry.

Does anyone know if a medical liberry would have one?

off the beaten path

Man:  Is the grassy area outside part of the County or the City? 
Me:  That's City property.
Man:  Oh, I thought it was County.  See, yesterday my 80 year old mother fell on the tree root in the grass.  The sidewalk out there is fine, but when you go off the beaten path it's all uneven.  She doesn't want me to file a complaint or anything, but I just wanted to let you know.

Why take your 80 year old mother through the grass if he acknowledges that the sidewalk is just fine?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Branch Z: A new cast of characters

I'm transferring to county liberry Branch Z starting on July 1.  I'm looking forward to the change and still plan to keep this blog updated.  Until then, I have 8 days left @ Branch X-- hopefully filled with blog material.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

And you are calling me because... ?

A woman of a fourth grader called yesterday to tell me that her daughter was not promoted to fifth grade.  She went on and on about how the teacher is mean, etc.  She said she went to the school office and demanded an appointment with the principal but was not given one. (Probably because they have already met).

I wondered-- why is she calling me?  Does she expect me to call the principal and/or the teacher and say that her daughter should really be in the 5th grade?  It's not a service we provide.

My mom and sisters are teachers and I know that if a student is not going to be promoted to the next grade there are plenty of meetings and papers to sign months before the last day of school; it isn't something that is new information in June.

Do you have your card?

Man:  Yes, this card is indispensable.  I've had so many good times here, I should frame it!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

OverDrive or street drug identification knowledge?

So this woman about my age whispered to me-- I don't mean to be the bearer of bad news, but I think there are some drugs over there.  Let me show you.

So I walked with her over to the fiction section and she pointed out a little plastic baggie.  I had no idea what it was.  I quickly asked tech Sabrina to go get Natalie, the principal liberrian of the branch.  As soon as Natalie looked at the baggie she said that is meth.  She called the cops and they came about 45 minutes later.    Since I was the first staff member who saw the meth, I had to give them my statement (and thus missed a conference call to talk about OverDrive).  Why would I need to know about OverDrive if I am working @ this branch?  LOL. 

Monday, June 06, 2011

Name that author

An older man came to the desk with a xeroxed paper that had all of the titles by this particular author.  The page also contained the crease of the book and part of the title page, cut off.  All I could see of the next page was a D and a B, so I asked the man-- are these the books by David Baldacci?  He was amazed!

Friday, June 03, 2011


Yesterday I helped a man who couldn't speak.  He wrote his questions with a golf pencil on the p-slips.  He wrote a few things, and I helped him find what he was looking for.  His last comment he wrote was-- can I have your pen?  I said sure, thinking that he had more questions but didn't want to write with the golf pencil.  However, he meant can I have your pen literally as he put it in his pocket and walked away.