Today I spent a long time talking to two boys (brothers I think) who wanted horror movies. I suggested all the classics from my own teenage years and earlier: The Ring, The Exorcist, Scream 1, Scream 2, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs. They had seen them ALL. Finally I found a few things for them, including "The Raven" (which is apparently about a serial killer who brings Edgar Allen Poe's horror stories to life so I guess maybe I am introducing him to literary things?).
Then one of the brothers came back and asked, "Who can watch PG-13?" I told him that the library lets you check out whatever you want and it's up to you and your parents to decide what is appropriate, but no, he wanted to know the what the MPAA rating meant. I told him it meant that people 13 and over could watch it but that parents might want to think before letting a younger kid watch it. "Oh good, so I can watch these," he said, indicating his pile of mostly R-rated DVDs.
"Do you have any other questions?" I asked as he was scrutizing the back of one of the cases.
"Yes. What's 'nudity'?"