Wednesday, August 27, 2008

'tis Wednesday again.

Before I get into the lists I’d like to give an honorable mention to this book “From the Streets to the sheet”.

It gets an honorable mention for the following categories.
1. best use of the word quickies EVAH!
2. best description of content
3. best picture to go with content and 3 word description
4. best choice of title
5. awesome author name

and by best I do mean the most ridiculous. I mean seriously, who goes to the think tank and say Yo, dog, I think we should use the word quickies to describe short stories.

~song artists of the day
>A Fine Frenzy
>Bright Eyes
>Ryan Adams
>Modest Mouse

~songs of the day~
>Feuer Frei! - Rammstein
>Near to you - A Fine Frenzy
>Fire it up - Modest Mouse
>Lime Tree - Bright Eyes
>Dear Chicago - Ryan Adams

~must reads~
>Bunny comic
>Questionable Content
>Savage Chicken
>Toothpaste for dinner

~coffee drinks of the day
>caramel macchiato iced/hot
>starbucks doubleshot on ice
>hazelnut breve latte
>mint mocha chip frappuccino
>cinnamon dolce latte

top played songs on itunes
>Falling or Flying - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
times played 72
>Butterfly - Jason Mraz
times played 60
>Chasing Pavements - Adele
times played 52
>Ashes to Wine - A Fine Frenzy
times played 52
>Near to you - A Fine Frenzy
times played 51

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The public hears you...

Today I give you random patron phone conversation.

loud phone guy: [as he's walking into the library] he was in Irag 6 years. yeah. Military. I don't know
I don't understand you.
yeah. he came into the liberry (I swear that is what he said) so I don't know.
oh. yeah.
yeah, I forgot.
so, uh, how'd you like it?
Have you left where you were headed?
You told me...
oh, here he is.

Dear Loud phone guy,

Please remember that when you enter the library that you have entered into a sacred domain, a secret haven, a place of refuge for those who would like peace, quiet and a good book to read. We do not (really) want to hear you yell into your phone in random bursts. Oh and dude, next time could you please have an interesting conversation? could you leave out the yeah's? Perhaps you could give us the back story of your friend in the military that would be nice. Oh, and who, in their right mind says "have you left where you were headed?" seriously dude, go back to school. Get yourself an education or something.

On behalf of everyone at your local library, thanks for the giggles.

Library Staff.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

not a Wednesday's child

I think I'm going to make Wednesday's my list day.

for today we'll stick to 5 lists and limit each list to 5 things.

~things I like~
>foreign music
>handsome men
>sarcastic comics

~things I do not like~
>cooked liver
>rude people
>goo, slime, anything unrecognisable esp. on books
>crap fiction
>overplayed songs

wow, I know there are things that I do not like, but that list was difficult to make. I couldn't think of things that I a) wouldn't put up with if necessary b) things that I don't like, but have to touch, talk to, eat etc. if forced by a) my job b) life throwing me a curve.

~names we've given some of our regular patrons~
>crazy lady
>Mr. tight pants
>creepy guy
>Mr. Slicky pants
>Mr. giant belt buckle.

~names for our local police men~
>blonde cop
>brunette cop
>tall cop
>new guy
> there are only 4 officers

~books I like~
>The Scarlet letter
>Madame Bovary
>Feet of Clay
>Jane Eyre

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

overheard at your local library

being that I work at a library, I am sometimes privy to the most amazing conversations and questions.

crazy lady: [to self] stupid retards.
I'm not crazy.
I know.
I know.
filthy, nasty retards.
They think I'm crazy. I'm not crazy.
I know, I know.

~~ if you don't believe me - have a little listen - crazy lady.

patron1: ooooooo, girlfriend.
p2: No, I am serious.
p1: really?
p2: yeah, like totally.
p1: I'm like WTF.
p2: oh, yeah, I know what you mean. uh huh. for real.

~~ that was the most informative bit of conversation ever. {eyeroll}

daughter: so, what do you want to put on your yahoo personal, dad?
father: tell them that I'm into athletics. chicks like that. ~~ he's in a wheelchair.
daughter: you should say you like long walks on the beach.
father: yeah, go ahead and put that also. Oh, and tell them that I like romantic dinners. ~~ I bet he does as he weighs close to 300-350 pounds.

~~ I was thinking, in disbelief, the entire time "These are the people that you find via internet dating sites?!" Seriously?!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

be a superhero... or just be cranky.

Some days I wish I had a secret super hero life. I don't know if I want to fight crime... but I wouldn't mind some excitement. Some change in the ever growing monotony that is my present existence. I might even fix some of the peeves about my job.

I work at a public library and most days I adore it.
Though I'm usually hiding behind a partition typing madly on my computer, reading web comics, updating paperwork, processing books and pretending that I'm busy.

but once a week I have to work up at the circulation desk with the horrifyingly stupid public. I've met some wonderful normal patrons... they usually keep us, and by us I mean me, from going completely bonkers.

so, there are a few things with my job that annoy the heck out of me.

Because I work inter-library loan, I deal with people who are looking for items that our library does not own. They then request that we get that item from another library system.

ILL annoyance numero uno:
people who expect books from other libraries to arrive TOMORROW. Yes, you heard me, tomorrow. This isn't even possible if it were sent from a library 2 blocks away let alone from one in, say, California or a coast. drrrrrr....
the phone calls I get go something like this --
me:Inter-library loan department this is Ripsy. How may I help you?
patron: yes, I put in a request for an inter-library loan book. can you check on its status for me please? cause I haven't heard anything about it.
me: okay, what is your last name?
patron: X. do you think I should place another request?
me: um. no. I don't think so. was that request for title "Going Places"?
patron: yes. Is it in yet?
me: No, I'm sorry, it hasn't been shipped yet. I also see that you put the request in two days ago. That really is not enough time for the post office to deliver it to our library, let alone for the library in Ypsilanti to pull it off their stacks and send it.
patron: So, it isn't there yet?
me: um.. no, it isn't here yet. I say give it another week. Okay? Is there anything else?
patron: oh. okay. No, that was the only question. goodbye then.

ILL annoyance numero dos:
patrons who call about ILL's that are overdue. They call to "find out" how much fines are while hinting that they may have lost the book. They don't directly say those words, but they hint.

patron:yes, I have an inter-library loan item that is overdue. can you tell me what the fine is going to be?
me:fines are $0.20 a day with a maximum fine of $5.00.
patron:well, what is my fine right now?
me:May I have your library card number please?
patron: 98347982174892
me:that book is about 3 weeks overdue. Your total fine right now is $4.20, but that will increase each day, by $0.20, the longer you keep the book. Now, if you cannot return the book we'll have to ask the loaning library for an invoice. They can charge anywhere from $25.00 to $100.00 for a book. I think it would be best if you dropped that off at any of our locations.
patron:but the highest my fine can go is $5.00?
patron:okay, thanks.

why can't they just bring them back? Why do they insist on being delinquent with items that are not ours, items that another library has kindly, out of the goodness of their hearts, loaned to us? why? why? why?

Perhaps I should give up trying to be a super hero and just get a long black trench coat and a baseball bat and visit their homes to retrieve said items. Aaaahhh what a thought.