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Reprise of Tough Love from a Tough Dad

In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to reprise this incredible story sent in from Colorado. “Tough Love From a Tough Dad” was one of our most popular stories, an continues to be one of Merry’s favorites! Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!

I work at a small library in an area of town that tends to house the lower-economic demographic. It is not unusual for things to be stolen from our library on a regular basis–most frequently our DVDs. One day, I was at the reference desk when a man came in with a young, teenage boy. The man looked pretty haggard. He had tattoos everywhere (even a cross between his eyebrows! Ouch!) and lots of piercings. He looked like he’d had a pretty hard life. When he came up to the desk, he set a very tall pile of DVDs in front of me–at least 20 DVDs.

“I found these in my son’s room,” he said. “He didn’t check them out. He stole them.”

I didn’t quite know how to respond, so I (rather stupidly) said, “Oh. Okay. So none of them are checked out?”

“No, ma’am,” he answered. Then he knelt down on the ground so that he was eye to eye with me. His son knelt beside him, looking deeply humiliated and angry.

“Listen,” the man said quietly. “I spent the first ten years of my boy’s life in prison. I screwed up a lot when I was younger, and I’m not proud of the man I was.” He put his arm around his son. “I want so much more for my boy than I had. I want him to be a man of integrity. So I brought him with me today because I wanted him to be accountable for what he’d done. Son, do you have anything to say?”

The boy looked at the floor and mumbled an apology at me.

I thought things would end there, but I was wrong. The dad continued talking.

“I am really proud of my son, ma’am. You need to know that. I love him so much more than anything in the world. He’s a great kid. A really great kid. I just feel bad that I was such a bad example to him. He has made some decisions lately that reflect how much I failed him, and I regret that. But I love him. I want him to be a better man than me.”

He then looked at his son, who had tears in his eyes, and said, “I love you, son. I love you.”

Then, the boy who had looked so tough and stubborn when he’d walked in, put his head on his dad’s shoulder and cried like a child. His dad held him, and wiped away a few of his own tears.

It was the most powerful thing I’ve ever seen. I, too, had teared up and had to fight to keep my voice steady as I thanked them both for their honesty. I told the boy that he was welcome to come back and get a library card when he was ready, and I returned all of the DVDs. They left, and I have never seen either of them again…but I will never forget them.

-“Diane” from Colorado

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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.

To submit your own stories, send us an email at submit@merrylibrarian.com or call us at 216.23M.ERRY!

Mapping Out History

Though we typically post humorous stories, Merry recognizes that the stories librarians often value most are the success stories. Like all professionals, we revel in moments when we know, without a doubt, that we are not only in the right profession, but we are also great at what we do. This week’s Story of the Week was sent in from one of our faithful readers who wanted to share an example of an interaction within the library that led to a patron’s personal success outside of it. For those of you who have been working in libraries for a long time, we know you will have similar success stories to share! And for all our young and up-and-coming librarian readers, we wish you a future full of similarly rewarding interactions!

I worked in a geology library, and we often get genealogical patrons looking for old maps. In this case, a patron was looking for an old company or mill town in North Carolina, that was abandoned by 1910. One of his ancestors was buried there, and he wanted to find the grave.

We were able to find an old USGS map of the region from 1890s, that showed the town and the layout of the major buildings. However, when the patron got there, all he could see was a wide field with hip high brown grasses. All the wooden buildings had long ago turned into the dirt underneath. Although he had the map in his hand, he could not get his bearings of where the buildings were, or even find the streets.

As he was scratching his head in puzzlement, he noticed a bit of bright color. Walking over to it, he found a bright rose bush, alone in the field. However, looking more closely around, he saw other roses, and realized the wives of the mill workers had planted the rose bushes near their front doors, in order to bring some color to an otherwise dreary mill town. Almost a hundred years after the buildings built by men had collapsed into dust, the roses planted by the women were still blooming, and still bringing color to an otherwise featureless field.

Going between the rose bushes, the patron was able to get the first of the street directions straight in his head, and then could figure out from the map where the cemetery was, and still is.

Even more interestingly, he came back to the library, and told me of his successful adventure into the past.

~”Richard”

Send us your stories of success, humor, horror, or all the above at submit@merrylibrarian.com!

Attention! The Merry Librarian is looking for stories to feature in an upcoming theme-based series. If you have any true stories about weddings or wedding photography taking place in your library, send them in! Your story could be published on our site! Email us at submit@merrylibrarian.com!

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