Wednesday, February 8, 2017

West Side Continued

An old lady calls me "Honey," "Sweetie" and "Dear" all in one reference interaction. My colleague used to be a pastor and says that when she had that job she would correct people with "That's REVEREND Sweetie." I like her.

Our print release station says "Please enter your library card number OR first name" to release print jobs because we have two guest computers that allow you to log on with a name instead of a library card number. This morning I had to help three registered library users with their printing because they had entered their library card numbers at their PCs but entered their names at the print release station.

I smash at high speed into a patron. Yikes.

Everyone is trying to print W2s and tax forms. I hate this season (not as much as I hate Christmas, though, for the record!).

A man using the online catalog needs help with every single hold he places, but when we repeatedly offer to just place his holds for him, he refuses. I have to admire his perseverance, at least.

A man holds out a copy of "Independence Day: Resurgence" saying, "I need to know if this is number one or number two." I look it up and reply, "This is a sequel to the 1996 movie." Him: "So it's number two?"

A cutesy couple is talking baby talk at each other in the DVD section. I start to hate them but then the man comes up and asks to be on the waiting list for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." When his wife approaches he goes "Don't look! I'm getting a surprise for you!" They are redeemed.

A man approaches the desk, tells me he'd like to sign up for a gmail account, and waits expectantly.

Can I pay for you to copy this for me in color?

Mr. Timmons tells me a dirty joke (aA, bummer. We were having such a good streak!) and also wants to know on his grandson's behalf if the book Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties has come for them yet. It's not out until August of this year. Huh.

And I remove a copy of "American Rifleman" magazine that someone has 'donated' by putting it out on our magazine shelves.


  1. Ah the secret "donation!" Also good for religious tracts!

    1. Now that you mention it, this is the first time I've seen it with anything OTHER than religious tracts...

    2. We had antiabortion leaflets in our mags once, maybe that goes under religious tracts


  3. I've crashed into more patrons than you've had hot dinners

  4. That's pretty confusing with your print station signs, I can see how patrons would get mixed up.