26 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well
"I'm looking for this book, I forget the title, but there's a dog on the cover...?"
When a patron is shocked that you know a bestseller off the top of your head.
Conversely, the shame of forgetting the name of a book you KNOW you know.
When you find the perfect source just after a patron has left.
When a patron wants to know how long the wait is for the latest YA hit.
When a patron tries to convince you that she KNOWS she returned that book.
When adult patrons ask if there's any way to keep it down in the children's room.
When someone comes in with a reference question that makes you question everyone's sanity.
When you have to double as IT for the patrons whose windows "just closed for no reason."
And when all of that overflows to your home.
When a kid draws you a special picture because you're her favorite librarian.
Patrons. watching. porn.
When randos try to explain how you'll be out of a job when libraries disappear in the not-too-distant future.
When a patron comes back to tell you how much he loved your recommendation.
And when they start seeking you out specifically because they trust your taste.
This article is part of a series of stories celebrating libraries and free access to information.