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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Location, Location, Location

When it comes to library love, location is everything…

This month’s theme has revealed just how many lovely libraries there are in the world; and how many people love them enough to make them a part of one of the most important days of their lives. Our last Library Love post highlights a few popular wedding/ engagement photo locations at libraries around the world. As an added bonus, we’ve included a link to one last library love story. The delightful story fits right in with our theme, describing how a couple of library employees tied the knot in one library and partied it up in another!

Thanks to all who participated in this month’s theme! Next month is our first Librarians of the World theme, featuring stories sent in exclusively from our Australian readers. Enjoy!

Picturesque Library Locations

Seattle, Washington

Bonnie and Matt generously contributed some of their lovely engagement photos that were taken in the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle. Upon doing a little research, we discovered that this unique library building is a favorite photo location for many couples! Enjoy Bonnie and Matt’s pictures, and be sure to check out the Seattle Public Library yourself if you’re in the area.

Smooching in the Stacks

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Red Room

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Sydney, Australia

The Customs House Library at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, is another favorite for wedding photos. While we don’t have any pictures of a bride and groom to show off, the library alone is a beautiful sight.

Kansas City, Missouri

The “Community Bookshelf” facade of the Central Library in Kansas City, MO, is another unique and photogenic library location. Thank you to our readers who submitted this one–what a great idea, Central Library!

A Library Wedding Like No Other!

One of our readers graciously shared a link with us about his own wedding, which took place in one library before moving to another library in town for the reception. The couple even used the bookmobile as their transportation between the two locations! The story is detailed on the blog, Come Play With Me. Below is just a snippet of the story. Visit the Come Play With Me blog for the full article…including pictures! Thank you, and congratulations Adam and Priscilla!

“…Why a Library?

They started talking about getting married at the library soon after.

“For both of us, the wedding is a coming-out party into the community, and libraries are really community centers,” Novitt said.

“I love the idea that whenever we go back to the Forbes from now on, we’ll have the great memory of having all of our family and friends there,” Miner said…”

Stay tuned for Librarians of the World stories next month! We’re excited to share some zany stories from Australian librarians with you.

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