Confusion @ your library

Mumbling guy: WhereCouldIFindtheHowTo?
Me: How to what?
MG: shtrck
Me: sheetrock?
MG: yehstrckbathrm
I check
Me: We don't have any books specifically on sheetrocking. How about if I give you the area for general home repair books?
MG: homerepairok
I hand him the paper with the call number on it.
MG: IDontUnderstandWhatDoesThisDo?


Fashion week @ your library


Outfit of the night
[worn by caucasian male, about 41 years old, 6 feet plus]

Dark tinted glasses
Black Wrangler jeans
Black t-shirt with brighly colored Mickey Mouse design on front
...sleeves and lower portion of shirt cut off. He had a good 6 or 7 inches of midriff showing.

Topped off with long, stringy hair and a beligerant, argumentative attitude.

Clearly the winner.


RefGrunting @ the library

"Do you have the book This Side of Paradise?"
Yes, it's in Fiction under "Fitzgerald".
2 minutes later: "It's not there."
I go look. It was there. 90% of the time it is.

Conspiracy Theorist: "There is no librarian in the Media Center."
"What do you need?"
"I need a librarian in the Media Center."
"Well, I guess if there is no one, you are going to have to tell me."
"I need help."

I help a man find historic currency conversion rates on the internet. He said he looked for hours the other day and couldn't find them. Then he said he loved me and left. (Fortunately he left. It's always awkward when they want to stick around after such a declaration.)

Do you have a book about the history of dogs?

4th or 5th question from creapy guy who has been hanging around all day:
"Brain test: How do you spell documentary?"

Girl butts to the front of the line to ask a "quick question": "Do you have a sports section?"
What kind of sport?

"Do you have a native american section?"
[consults list] "oh I already have that. Do you have any that aren't in the children's section?"
"Yes in the 970s."
"oh, you mean there are 970s in both places?"

Two people stop by the desk on the way out to thank me for helping them find their books.

The Conspiracy Theorist spent the last 45 minutes of the day at the public computer nearest the reference desk talking to himself out loud. We're not sure when he started that.

A 17-year-old needed to call a ride. I gave her 50 cents, although I typically like to save the "tip money" for younger kids.


clogged toilets @ the library

Speaking of the men's restroom, I just found out recently that there are not supposed to be any paper towels in there. One (or more) of our regulars has a weird compulsion to stuff them all in the toilets.

The guard caught him recently stuffing those tissue paper seat covers in the toilet and made him use the plunger to clear the blockage. I might have already written about that.

corporate dysfunction @ your library

When I came to work this afternoon, the men's public restroom was taped off with caution tape so people could not go in. I just now thought to ask why. Apparently someone puked all over the floor.

And no one is available to clean it up UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING!!!!

Is it just me or is that freaking ridiculous?

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