Archive for March, 2010

Giving Harry Potter a Hand…Down Under

Librarians of the World: Australia

We love our readers here at The Merry Librarian. Your stories have made us laugh, touched our hearts, and even given us the creeps a time or two. As more people discover us, we continue to develope a faithful global audience of readers. In celebration of this, Merry has decided to host our first ever “Librarians of the World” month, exclusively featuring stories from librarians outside of the United States. March of 2010 will be dedicated to those fearless librarians working down under in Australia. We are excited to celebrate Australian librarians all month long!

Thank you to those of you who’ve already submitted stories. And to our many other international readers, we hope you’ll submit your stories as well! We look forward to featuring more stories from the librarians of the world in the future!

Our first story from Down Under might make J.K. Rowling blush, we’re afraid. Nonetheless, we got a giggle out of this tale from Sydney, Australia.

I used to work in a public library in Sydney (as a library assistant).

A patron was on one of the computer pods connected to the Internet. The computer is right by the stairs and also under a surveillance camera. A male staff member walked past the patron and saw him with his hand inside his pants, and alerted security staff. Security looked at the guy via CCTV for a little while, and went upstairs to the patron and asked him to leave the library. The patron asked why, and security pointed at his pants’ zipper and said “You know why.”

When asked what he was doing on the internet, the patron replied that he was reading Harry Potter.

The patron was then banned. He attempted to come back into the library but security already knew to not let him in.

I had walked behind him in the past [prior to this event] and saw him reading lots of text on the screen in Chinese. My guess is that he was reading some steamy stories in Chinese, which somehow didn’t get blocked by the censoring software.

~“Betty” Sydney, Australia

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