Try The Library-rachel Instead

| Stockholm, Sweden | Right | May 22, 2017

(I’m manning the reference desk when a young patron, perhaps four years old, comes up to me.)

Kid: “Is your name Anne?”

Me: “No, it’s [My Name]. Why do you ask?”

Kid: “‘Cause mum said to ask the library-Anne.”

(I melted. Footnote: This originally played out in Swedish and with a different name/word (bibliotekarien -> bibliote-Karin), but I made it work in English.)

Getting Good Vibes From This Student

| TX, USA | Learning | May 17, 2017

(We’re graduate vocal performance students studying for our oral exams — basically, instead of a thesis on an academic topic, we assemble a committee of faculty members who ask us questions for an hour and a half about anything we might have learned in undergrad and grad school. We are working on pedagogy and it has been several hours by this point. I forget what the preceding question was, something about phonation.)

Friend #1: “Can you give an example of a vibrating object?”

Friend #2: “Sure, a vibrator.”

Friend #1: *with great pride* “Uh, yes, very good. A vibrator does make sound!”


| Chicago, IL, USA | Friendly | May 17, 2017

(My friend and I (he’s bisexual; I’m a biracial black and Asian girl) are high school students walking through our local library’s teen area and looking at the books that are being displayed. There are an extremely diverse (near hilarious) amount of featured reading options and several sticky notes with ridiculous hashtags that are related to the books – i.e., #gayisokay or #girls of color.)

Me: *suddenly giggles* “Aww! Look at them, trying to appeal to our generation!”

Friend: “See, they’ve got the gay books and the girl books and the mental health books—”

Me: “—and the minority author books! I love it!”

Friend: “Cool to see books that aren’t by old dead white men.”

(We are quiet for a second.)

Friend: “Those hashtags are pretty stupid, though.”

Me: “Be quiet. They’re adults and they’re trying to reach us. It’s adorable.”

Friend: “Just saying. Nobody uses hash—”

Me: “Shhhhh. Love the attempts.”

Working Title

| ME, USA | Right | April 21, 2017

Patron: “Can you help me find a particular book?”

Me: “Sure! What’s the title of the book?”

Patron: “It was published in England so I don’t know if you can get it.”

Me: *fingers poised over keyboard* “Well, I can check. What’s the title?”

Patron: “It was in the bibliography of this other book that I just read. It sure sounded interesting, so it would great if you can get it.”

Me: “What’s the title of the book?”

Patron: “Now I don’t know if I spelled the author’s name correctly…”

Me: “What’s the title of the book?”

Patron: “I think it was probably published in the 1800s.”

Me: “What’s the title of the book?”

Patron: *looking at me expectantly*

Me: *fingers still poised over keyboard*

Patron: “Well, are you going to look for it or not?”

Libraries: The New Google!

| Norman, OK, USA | Right | April 21, 2017

I work in a library.

A guy from Florida called because he found a painting in his mother in law’s garage and wanted to know what kind of turkey was in it.

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