Tuesday, August 21, 2012

More incidents from Adult Reference

A woman with a very quiet voice called the reference desk. She wanted biographical information on “Rin Tin Tin, that German Shepherd dog,” specifically his birthplace, birth year or date, death year, and place of death. I told her it would take me a little while to find that information and she said oh no, that wouldn’t work because she wasn’t at home. I asked if I could email her the answer but she does not have email. She says she will call back tomorrow morning. Yikes.

A 50-60ish man in shorts, a t-shirt, and black tennis shoes (no visible socks) approaches the desk purposefully.
Man: Are you old enough to work here!?
Me: Just barely.
Him: Well, keep it up!

and from the Children’s Desk (always too much excitement):

A small girl is walking around looking confused.
YS Library assistant: Are you looking for your shoes?
Girl: Yes!

Yesterday I found a biscuit on top of the children’s DVD section.


  1. I like the idea that someone would be out on the move, but in need of info on Rin Tin Tin (also, that would be a tough ref question, because haven't there been several Rin Tin Tins?).

    1. Information about Rin Tin Tin, for everyone's edification:

      There have now been several 'Rin Tin Tins' but there is a clear 'original' Rin Tin Tin who is typically being referred to when someone uses the name (later Rin Tin Tins all have suffixes after their names). The original Rin Tin Tin (named after a French puppet) was born in the Meuse Valley, in eastern France, in September, 1918. He died, much mourned, on August 15th, 1932. At that time he and his owner, Lee Duncan, lived in the Los Angeles area.

      Sources: http://www.rintintin.co/com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53; http://www.rintintin.com/rttcom/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=28; and http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/29/110829fa_fact_orlean.