It’s those patrons you wouldn’t expect to be weird who ask the really odd questions.
For instance, male patron, in a hushed voice and raised, waggling eyebrows, “Do you have any books on strippers?”
Him: “They can be about male or female ones.”
Me: (straightfaced, ) “Let me check… No, I’m sorry we don’t. May I suggest the Internet when you get home?”
later that same evening…
Him: “Do you have any books on magic? You know, like mind-reading?”
Me: “None on mind-reading I’m afraid, but lots on magic tricks if you just step this way…”
a few minutes later…
Him: “Where are your books on goats?”
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“The New Mexico State Library is the last state library to operate a bookmobile due to the rural geography of our state. New Mexico is the fifth largest state, ranked 36th in population and 46th in population density with an average of 15 people per square mile. The Rural Services Program for the NM State Library receives federal support through IMLS – Library Services Technology Act, State of NM and various counties, towns and villages throughout New Mexico.
Regularly, during my travels on Rural Bookmobile East based out of Tucumcari, NM, library patrons will come on the rural bookmobile and then exclaim, “Gee Whiz, I left my reading glasses at home (usually back at their ranch quite a distance from the bookmobile stop). In an effort to better serve our patrons, I searched around my ranch house and brought a few pairs of reading glasses for those patrons. Now, I keep 175 and 200 on the bookmobile so they can select their own books. Perhaps others will donate some reading glasses.
~”Jill” in NM”
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We’ve all encountered at least one patron looking to learn more about demons, witchcraft or exorcism. It seems like every encounter is a story worthy of The Merry Librarian! The attitude of this particular librarian made us smile, however. Perhaps she should write the first book on the subject…it’s bound to be stolen from library shelves across the country in no time!
“In the early 90s, I was working as an adult reference librarian at a public library in a small city and was approached by a perfectly normal looking and sounding man (and yes, we had more than our fair share of crazies – this guy wasn’t one of them). The following dialogue ensued:
Patron: I need to find a book on demons.
Librarian: (sighing to self because nearly every book in the library on witchcraft, astrology, demons, etc., had already been stolen) Well, what type of information do you need on that?
Patron: My stepson is being visited in his sleep by some type of demon.
Librarian: You mean like a succubus or incubus?
Patron: Oh, not for sex like in that movie Succubus.
Librarian: Are you looking for a book on how to exorcise it?
Patron: Oh no, I want a book on how to control it and make it do things for me.
Because I could not find a book on How to Control Demons for Fun and Profit, I directed the patron to the Man, Myth and Magic Encyclopedia set we kept behind the reference desk because the first set had been stolen.”
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