Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Actual Conversations Heard in Actual Libraries #119

SETTING: My "liberry" as a female patron is looking through the Nora Roberts paperbacks houseded on our paperback wall as I shelve other books nearby.

PATRON— Oh, no! You have the first book and the third book, but not the second book.

ME— Did you try in the hardbacks?

PATRON— Yeah. I just came from there.

(Patron continues to look)

(Time passes)

PATRON— Oh, wait. You did have the second book. It was just in the wrong place.

ME— A book misshelved in our library? I'll not hear such accusations!

(The patron smirks and walks away, found book in hand.)

1 comment:

Canadian Girl said...

Oh, the horrors of a misshelved book! I always feel like such an idiot when I check the computer and it tells me the book is checked in, but it's not to be found when I lead the customer to the shelves.

An employee of a small town "liberry" chronicles his quest to remain sane while dealing with patrons who could star in a short-lived David Lynch television series.