Thursday, February 16, 2012

Branch Z

I've been working at Branch Z since last July.  Since it is about 40 miles from Marian's Branch X, I don't see any of the same customers.  At least that's how it was... until this week.

This girl in her 20s recognized me and said-- you work here too?!?  I said- what are you doing here, did you move here?  I didn't think I'd see anyone from Branch X.  She said that her mother works near Branch Z, and then asked me if I ever get to take a break. 

I absolutely take breaks.

Then she pulls some (sealed) chips out of her backpack and gives them to me for my next break.  That was sweet of her, except I told her I already had my breaks for today and I'm getting ready to go home soon.  She said that's OK, she'll give them to me next time she sees me.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Personal reference question

A guy probably in his early 40s came to the desk and asked me if I could look up something.

What are you looking for?

It's kinda personal.  I don't really want to say.

Did you want to use the catalog over there?

No, I'm not good at computers.  I'll just tell you.  (whispers)  I'm looking for Cannery Row.

And we had a copy!

Coffee Cart

A husband & wife in their 80s came to the desk asking for library cards.  They successfully filled out the web application, then they came to the desk to get the cards.  As I was helping them with this, the man said- I'm so sorry to bother you, can we buy you a drink from the coffee cart?  I said no, this is my job.  I am here to help you.  I gave them the cards, then 10 minutes later they came back and asked me about the check out period for a  DVD.  I told them-- a week, and the man said-- what if I buy you a drink @ the cart, would the lending period be any different?


Thursday, February 09, 2012

Man about 40

I haven't been to the liberry in forever.  Where's the, what do you call it, call box?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Ice Cream

Today at storytime the kids' librarian was reading a book about ice cream and asking the kids
"What flavor would yellow ice cream be?" and they'd yell "Banana!"
What flavor would purple ice cream be?" "Grape!" and so on until she got to
"And what flavor would green ice cream be?"  and one kid yelled "Poison!"

Monday, February 06, 2012

If You Refgrunt and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!

Guy who always calls for phone numbers wants numbers for Macy’s, JC Penney, and Sears.  “This is the last time, I promise!  I bought a phone book at Walmart!”

“The movie where Andy Griffith is in a nursing home and gets all the ladies” (Play the Game)

I need a dictionary, English to English.  One that’s not too heavy.

Can you give me the number for the Chamber of Commerce?

Do you have English tutoring?

Did my Rey Mysterio book come in yet?

Can I borrow the white-out?

Annie Hall on DVD—I’ll come pick it up today.

Books on native plants—“I have a bunch of plants in my yard and I want to know what they are”

Driver’s test study guide in Spanish

We want to donate some books to the Friends of the Library bookstore, but we want to make sure you won’t throw them in the trash.

May I prolong the checkout on these books, despite having checked them out from another branch?  And would you write for me the shelf number of the Merck Index?  I am sorry to bombard you with questions.

We’re looking for books on Alcatraz and on East State Prison.  We’re going to do some exploring.

I’ve lost my library card and ID, but I need to use the Internet.

Is this a book I can check out? 

Can you show me how to request a book?

Prison guys come back—now they want books on meditation.

Arabic-English dictionary

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Pre-Valentine's Day Angst

Yesterday I was helping this man (not completely with it) find some information.  After I answered his question, he leaned forward and said would you happen to be single by chance?  I said no, sorry (a la not a service we provide).  He replied oh, I was gonna ask you to lunch.

And you'd think he'd leave the liberry, but no, he stayed for hours! 

Later I found out that he had asked 2 of my colleagues the same question this week, and last year he did so ON Valentine's Day!!!