Sadly, we have very little to post for you today. The fact of the matter is…we’ve run out of stories! At least, we’ve run out of your stories. Luckily, Merry is not just a pretty face…she spends most of her days behind the desk at her own library. So here are a few strange encounters from Merry herself.
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A few weeks ago a young woman came up to my desk and said,
“Excuse me, but where are the, like, umm…the normal books? You know, the books normal people read?”
I was a little confused, since I work at a public library and we have all types of books and patrons.
“Do you mean fiction books–like novels, mysteries, and that sort of thing–or non-fiction books–like biographies? Or something else?”
She stared at me for a moment. “I mean, like, you know. The normal books.”
Ah, yes. Very helpful.
“Well,” I said, feeling a bit ill-equipped for this one, “I would be happy to show you to our fiction section. We also have a section of New Books, where you might find the more recent NY Times best-sellers.”
“Yes! That’s what I want! The normal books on the NY Times list.”
I led her to our New Book section and couldn’t help but chuckle as I walked away. Who knew the NY Times best-seller list was just for “normal” people?
My library district recently underwent a major change in technology. Instead of using the bar-code system, we are now proudly using RFID technology in all of our material. The change has been great–but it was certainly not easy to implement.
In order to accomplish this daunting task, branches throughout our district closed on a rolling basis for one week at a time. As it happens, our branch was closed during tax week. Though this would be a slight inconvenience to our patrons, it was absolutely necessary for our successful conversion to the new system, and had been planned, advertised and prepared for for many, many months.
About two days before the closure was to take affect, a well-meaning patron approached me at the desk.
“I see you’re going to be closed next week,” he said, holding up one of our flyers.
“Yes,we are. We are converting our collection to a new technology.”
“Don’t you think the timing is bad? Could I suggest you wait until after tax week? It will be very hard for people to get their taxes done if you’re closed.”
“Well, sir,” I said, “we’ve been planning this closure for a long time now, and have advertised it to the best of our abilities. Every other branch will be open during the week, so you are welcome to use one of the other locations.”
He shook his head. “I’d rather use this one. I don’t understand how you can prioritize library things over tax day.”
“You are welcome to use our computers now to do your taxes if you’d like,” I suggested.
He laughed. “Are you kidding? I never do my taxes until tax day! That’s why I can’t believe you won’t reschedule this RFID thing.”
The conversation continued in this fashion for a few more minutes before he finally realized that he couldn’t talk me (and subsequently the library district…because I’m that powerful…) into rescheduling our district-wide closure calendar to suit his needs. Ah, well. The library can only go so far, I guess.
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