Archive for February, 2008

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(photo from FreeFoto.com by Ian Britton) 

It’s just like closing time at a bar: You don’t have to go home, people, but you can’t stay here!

On Friday nights everyone piles into the library, hoping to snag a bunch of DVDs before we close.

And, even though there are announcements made (“…the library will be closing in 1/2 hour;   closing in 15 minutes, please bring your materials to the front for checkout; the library is now closed;   get the hell OUT of the library, we want to go home!”…that sort of thing) still some people always seem to linger and won’t leave.

Which might be nice to see if it was patrons so obsessed with reading, but it’s always patrons looking for DVDs. In fact, last Friday it was like a feeding frenzy around the DVD section…must find something, anything, to watch!

I know that there are several sites lamenting this issue of how the library has essentially become a type of “Blockbuster” so I’ll not go into it more here. Just…heavy sigh. (See here for amusing Clinton DVD library old, old spoof from the Onion as libraries may be headed this way).

Oh, as a side note, a few days ago we got our copy of the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue. I wondered what all the snickering was about behind the circulation desk and then they showed me (painted on suits this year) and said I better look at it that day since it would quickly disappear (never to return) once it went out on the shelf. (see this from 2007 about the disappearance syndrome)

All I could think was, what clerk would even want it back after someone had, er…”borrowed” it! Reminds me of the joke where the young, eager college student goes to a fortune teller to ask about his love life. She says she sees good news and bad news for him. The good news is that he will soon make love to a beautiful Playboy centerfold model. The bad news is that he will cut himself on the staples. 😉

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(logo created by James Turner: visit his website to download this image to your desktop)

As I was editing the other day (a necessary but often tedious library task…hmmm, funny that they gave that job to the new guy, right…) I stumbled upon an interesting graphic novel (or comic, if you prefer and want to piss people off…) called Rex Libris, “I Librarian.”

That’s right, a graphic novel about rock-em sock-em librarians! Here is the lead in explaining that Rex fights:

“…against all forms of perfidy, from book-bashing boogeymen to moaning undead legions who ignore the “quiet please” sign. Not even superpowered delinquent alien children can abscond with books without signing them out while Rex is on the job. For the first time, the secret world of librarians and their daily struggle to protect civilization and the very knowledge it is founded upon is revealed!”

How can you not love that?!

I enjoyed James Turner’s work immensely, but my one gripe is that the book is kinda tiny and that makes the print even tinier (I should note that this was a bound collection of #1-5). My old eyes are just not up to that challenge. (I’ll have to ask “Q” if I can get those new bionic eyes…)

{For those librarians who are inclined to be easily offended: don’t take yourselves or your profession so seriously…have some fun!}

I would dearly love to photocopy a picture of Rex to tape to my desk, but you know I won’t since I have to uphold all copyright laws and whatnot (grumble) …but I am hoping there will be a print for sale at SLG Publishing in the future.

Speaking of librarian images (and special powers) reminds me of a great site: Librarian Avengers

You should also check out Batgirl was a Librarian

Finally, if you want a much longer (much, much longer) article on the image of librarians, look here.

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(picture from Liam’s Pictures)

I keep learning new and utterly useless facts at my new job. For instance, today I found out that an average person puts out enough urine, over a lifetime, to fill 250 bathtubs full. Please feel free to mention this at your next social gathering…

Also, I fear that my blog is becoming rather dull…with me relating these library stories and whatnot. Still, this blog here  is one of my old faves and gives me a good chuckle and I can’t hope to attain that kind of dullness!   😉

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Very, very strange kids today. Must be something in the water?

I was thinking about something like “weirdos at your library” but realized this had not only been done here by Woeful but also that this wasn’t all that weird comparatively.

It started off with me back in the children’s area and overhearing a father and son interaction. The dad, holding a book, said, “Look, Fabio* (*name changed to protect the odd), it’s a cow! What does a cow say?” Fabio replies, “No, No, No!” in a cheery little voice.                                    

 The cow says “no”?!  His father thought it was strange, too….

Then, during family storytime, there was this 3 or 4 year old kid who kept running from one side of the room (at full speed) across to the closed door and body slamming himself up against it and laughing while his parents looked on and did NOTHING.

Which begs the question: Are you encouraging little Rush* (* see above) to play in the street as well? Followed closely by: Why don’t you just take him outside now and let him do that, OK?

Finally, there was a homeschool group that had booked the public meeting room for a spelling bee. When the homeschool kids were done, these three elementary age little girls in long skirts came up to me asking for certain types of books.

Annoyingly, our link to the catalog had just crashed throughout the system so we could not look up anything. Now, I could find the requested “books about rabbits” without the catalog but I was stumped by the request for “books about making things with balloons.”

She wasn’t very specific on WHAT she wanted to make (if, indeed, anything)…balloon animals or hats? Crafts with balloons? What?! What?! She didn’t know…just something about balloons…the kind you blow up (at this point I was hoping she was referring to air inflation). So, three of us proceeded to scan shelves for various books that might fit the bill.

After much searching, we presented her with the books and she took them, seemed pleased with them, said they were “exactly what she wanted,” walked away and promptly put them back onto a shelf a row over. She came back to me and said she now wanted books about Bible stories.

At the same time, one of her sisters came over and asked for…wait for it………books about balloons! This was the one who wanted books on rabbits originally. And, the third and youngest little sister wanted books on rabbits now.

It quickly became apparent that these kids were “not right.”

We all went over to the Bible section in the 200’s and I pulled out several kid level Bibles and Bible story books. They did not even look at them but instead started pulling books off the nearby shelves (and piling them up on the floor) and asking, “Is this a Bible story? What about this one? This one?” I repeated my “No, THESE are the Bible story books here” line (doing the Vanna White thing) five times before I said, “I have to go answer the phone now” and ducked away.

The thing is, it was clear they weren’t being intentionally dense and they did not seem LD. I found it ironic that they had just come from a spelling bee and when I said, “Let’s look for books that have the word “bible” on them” and then showed them an example, they clearly could NOT distinguish them.


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I’ve been on the late shift for the past few days…working until 9 p.m. On the way home tonight, I saw a beautiful red fox run out across the road under the street lights and vanish into the wooded ravine. I always feel lucky to see one, as they can be pretty elusive.

Although, now that I think about it, the last time I saw a red fox it was sitting right in the middle of the road in a nearby park. Just sitting there sunning itself. I was driving very slowly (as per park regulations!) and it finally yawned, got up and trotted off. So, go figure.

I have yet to ever see a gray fox, though. Sigh.

——Oooh! I just found the cutest damn picture of a gray fox here. Aaaaww!

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