Wednesday, October 24, 2012

How you know it's a library

Tiny child, in piercing voice: THERE'S A LOT OF BOOKS IN HERE!

Mom: Shh, honey, we're in a library!


Mom: Shh, honey.


Mom: Honey, shh!


Dad: We know! It's a LIBRARY!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oops, He heard me!

A student was on live chat asking about finding a publication city for an eBook. I mentioned that sometimes this information was listed in the library catalog even though it wasn't listed in the eBook database and asked for the TITLE of the book. The student copy and pasted the eBook URL into the chat window instead and as I opened the URL to learn the title I exclaimed under my breath "Jesus Christ! Give me the damn title!!!"

 The title: "Leadership Wisdom of Jesus: Practical Lessons for Today"


A customer shared the following fact with me just now: "Dragons are actually good.  They are like uncles to all of us."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Freeform Refgrunt

Is this rock a meteorite?
We can’t conclusively say that it is or isn’t according to this page, so I give him phone numbers for the local gem & mineral society and the community college earth science department.

What is the exchange rate for this obscure currency?

Someone dropped these car keys, here they are in case they come back.

Guy singing along with headphones: “It’s a beautiful day, it’s a beautiful daaaaayyyyy”

The microfilm machine is catawampus

Materials on social workers and the criminal justice system

Family wants a particular textbook—they have come in at least 4 times.  Every time, staff tells them we don’t have it, or any way to get it, and they say no, the person last time said you had it!  So we track down the previous person, who says, no, I told them we don’t have it. gahhhh. Maybe this time it will stick.  I tried to say no in as many ways as I could think of, and told them they could get it used on either Amazon or at Barnes and Noble, but as they were leaving the guy asked again, we can’t borrow it? No, I’m very sorry, but no. You. Just. Can’t.

Regular customer requests Debbie Macomber and Nora Roberts, like she does every week—is it possible she hasn’t read them all yet?

Guy: Where is the mythology section? Me: are you looking for anything specific? Guy: No, not really, I just want to see what you have. Me: Greek mythology? Egyptian mythology? Something else? Guy: I guess? (We go to shelf) Me: Here's general world mythology, and Greek mythology... Guy: I'm looking for a book about the Illuminati.  Me: Oh, that's over here.

Girl: Where do you have poetry? Me: are you looking for anything specific? Girl: No, not really, I just want to see what you have. Me: Okay, here's the poetry section.  Any particular kind of poetry? Girl: Well, I'm looking for Shakespeare.  Me: GAAAAAAAAAH PEOPLE JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT!

You're going to laugh at me for liking this, but can I request Stargate SG-1?  I hate Star trek, but I like this one because of all the Egyptian stuff.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


I got my almost one year old nephew signed up for a liberry card.  My sister commented, "He loves his own Liberry card!  He held it all last night as he ate his sweet potatoes for dinner.  It makes him feel very important. :)"

Saturday, October 13, 2012

ID please

A mother and 12 year old daughter wanted to get a liberry card.  I asked the mother for her ID and she said, oh, I'm driving my husband's car, so I only have his ID.  The girl questioned her mom and asked don't  you have your ID with you?  The mother answered as if it made complete sense to only have her husband's ID.