Friday, July 22, 2011


Yesterday Matilda and Marian went through the security incident folder in the shared drive and sent me some tremendously entertaining titles of our reports. Here they are:
  • US Marshal
  • Kids Threatened
  • Flasher
  • Flasher Follow-Up
  • Fight in Courtyard
  • Runaway
  • Syringe Found
  • Marijuana Bus Stop
  • Internet Vandalism
  • Two Men Smoking Marijuana
  • Marijuana Pipe
  • Intoxicated Male Escorted Out
  • Man Lingering in Men’s Room
  • Cash Shortage
  • Vandalism with Feces in Men’s Restroom
  • Juvenile Confronted by Her Mother
  • Man Caught Clogging Toilets
  • Fight and Suicide Threat
  • Man Approaches Teen in Car
  • Stolen Mouse
  • Death Threat
  • Methamphetamine Found
  • Tie Dye and Angry Mother
  • Unattended Black Briefcase

Thursday, July 21, 2011

We Haven't Refgrunt For The Longest Time

Books on biblical archaeology

Where is Hartsel, CO?

Russian/English books with pictures.

What language do they speak in Uzbekistan?

The microfilm machine won’t print correctly, again.

Where did you go to high school? (He knows a guy whose daughter I knew)

Can I take a typing test here?

Phone: I saw your name in the article in the paper—can you tell me more about that?

Other branch wants last Monday’s newspaper—it’s disappeared.

Memoirs of Holocaust survivors (NOT their children)

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

More memoirs of Holocaust survivors

How many books can you check out?

Janet Evanovich romances, and local phone books

Resume printing

Where are the books on CD?

Battle Los Angeles on DVD

Guide to Global Conspiracy by David Icke and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

A book with forms for establishing guardianship

Conspiracy lady would also like anything by Umberto Eco, and the sequels to 2001 by Arthur C Clarke

(To a guy furiously playing a handheld videogame: Hey man, do you mind not singing along to your iPod? Thanks!)

Where are Ellen Hopkins’s books?

ASVAB test prep

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Last week I was on vacation.  For one of my flights I saw in the middle seat, between a husband who wanted the window and his wife who wanted the aisle.  I read my Kindle for a while, but when the snack cart came around I put it down and talked to the woman. 

Woman:  are you in school? 
Me:  No, I finished a long time ago. 
Woman:  What do you do?
Me:  I'm a librarian. 
Woman:  oh, I don't think I've ever met a liberrian. 
Woman to husband:  Honey, did you hear that, she's a liberrian.

So then we had a little conversation about the future of the liberry and the Kindle.  She said she'll never get a Kindle because she likes going to the bookstore and buying the books.  She told me that I am from the generation that likes technology, & that I don't look a day over 18.  Yay! 

A service we didn't know we were supposed to provide

A few days ago a citizen came in and asked to speak to a supervisor--which turned out to be me.

He said that forty years ago he had donated two copies of his novel to the library, and he was surprised to find that when he recently sent some friends here to look at it, it was no longer in the library.

Apparently the librarians of yesteryear had promised to put it in the "archive" and keep it forever, but they neglected to tell us about it...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Liberrians rule

On my first day @ Branch Z this older man asked me if I wanted a challenge.  I said sure, and he asked where he would need to start if he wanted to read an article from the Saturday Evening Post in 1947.  I sent his question on to our Level 2 reference center.  The found the article and copied it in color! 

The man was absolutely amazed and called me a hero when he came to pick up the article.  Then he asked if he could possibly check it out.  I said no, you can have it! and he was shocked!

Tech savviness @ Branch Z

The customers at Branch Z are mostly tech savvy.  However, there's always the exception.

I was helping this one woman yesterday use the print copy control.  The first step is to scan the liberry card.  She picked up the optical mouse and tried to get the red light scan the barcode. 

Another man wanted to edit an email message (that I thought he was sending to himself).  He kept editing it and pressing send over and over.  Then at the end of his hour he said-- do you think the person I'm sending the message to is going to get annoyed after receiving all my edits?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Crystal's nightmare SRC program @ Branch X

Crystal, the kids liberrian, shared this nightmare of a story about her Summer Reading Club craft this week:

I did tie dye with my tweens and one of the moms got mad at me because it is permanent (duh).  I warned the kids several times not to get the dye on their clothes, but these two boys did not pay attention.  The mom comes storming into the room and starts screaming at me for not telling her (she wasn’t in the room when we were doing the craft).  Then she takes the kid’s tshirt and throws it at me onto the table and into a puddle of dye.  It then splashes all over me!  I was covered in dye and my clothes are ruined.  Not a fun day.  This kind of stuff is totally not in the job description!!!!

Friday, July 01, 2011


Man:  Hi, do you have we-fi here?
Me:  Yes, we have wireless here.
Man:  Do I have to be in that computer room to use it?
Me: Nope, you can connect from anywhere in the building.

It's amazing how many people think that they have to be in the laptop room to use the wireless.  There's only about 4 chairs in there... 

Woman walking around aimlessly

Me:  Can I help you find something?
Woman:  I don't know, I'm just lookin for something to read for an hour before my computer time.
Me:  OK, well this side of the library is fiction & the other is non-fiction. 

Then she eyed the paperbacks and screamed ROMANCE!  She put both hands over her mouth and apologized for being so loud.