|Patron:||I guess they don't need you any more; everything is automated now.
|Staff:||Yes, because I went to graduate school for four years and earned my master's degree in library science just for the opportunity to sign you onto a computer. That's the only thing we do here.
#031.02 Curiosities and Wonders
First thing this morning, a man came up to the desk to ask if we had a library cat.
Me: “You mean a cat that lives here? Sadly, no.”
Man: “I just read that Dewey the Library Cat book. I think this library should get a cat!”
Me: “I don’t think it’s in the cards. But that would be neat, huh?”
Man: “Tell you what. I’ll donate a cat. I’m sure there are some free kittens listed on Craigslist.”
Me: “Please don’t do that. We love animals, but we can’t have a library cat.”
Man: “How about a puppy?”
I just had a patron tell me that she met her boyfriend of 10 months here. How sweet! Then she shows me this little scrapbook she has of all of their dates, it’s actually quite cute. But then she told me the only problem with their relationship is that she’s married…The boyfriend is also the patron that hits on me whenever he comes in, but apparently that’s not a problem…
I wonder what other gossip in the library there is that I don’t know about.
"These incorrect perceptions are not only annoying, they are potentially damaging. Quite frankly, I don’t care if my job is respected or deemed impressive. That’s not why I got into this career. But if people keep reading misinformation about how libraries aren’t being used, or how being a librarian is a stress-free job, etc., they are going to want to stop paying taxes to fund libraries. They will stop donating, they will stop attending, they will stop taking out materials and bringing their kids. And then we will be in real trouble."