In this final week of 2009, we thought we’d gear up for 2010 with a few more chuckles from the reference desk. Nothing says “Happy New Year” like ignorance, accents and a quirky ex-con. Thanks for a great 2009! We’ll see you next year with even more outrageous stories (and a few new goodies!) from The Merry Librarian!
As the media librarian in a four-year University in the metro Detroit area, I frequently dealt with English majors who were seeking adaptations of works of literature on video. My favorite transaction was with one student who was looking for an adaptation of “Oedipus Rex.” We had two versions, I explained. One was done in modern dress from the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre and the other was done in the classical style with a Greek chorus. After a minute’s hesitation, the student asked for the modern version because she “didn’t want to listen to the musical version.” Keeping a straight face with some difficulty, I explained that a Greek chorus didn’t actually sing.
~”Bethany” Detroit, MI
Last month a young man of about 13-15 years old came up to our reference desk.
“Where are the whores?”
“Where are the whores? You know . . . like Goosebumps?
Do you mean horror?
At this point, everyone cracked up including the child’s shocked parental figure.
Ya gotta love an East Texas accent
~”Brendan” Houston, TX
A weathered man with dreads walks up to the desk and starts rooting through the golf pencil supply. He picks up each pencil and holds it up to the light; he considers it and then returns it to the box. He then begins to sharpen one pencil at a time, with the very loud pencil sharpener at the reference desk.
I say, “Finding what you need?”
He says, “This is just like jail!” and leaves without a pencil.
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