Monday, January 18, 2016

Book Review: "I Work at a Public Library" by Gina Sheridan

This book contains some of the crazy stories of things that actually happen in public libraries - sometimes daily.  I try to tell stories about my library, and I'm not sure that people believe me...  but these things happen.  Real patrons say these things to us.  We really do find those things in the stacks or in your returned books.  And one of my personal mottoes has always been, "if you can't laugh, why bother?".  Sure sometimes it's gross, many times it is rude - but you have to laugh.  It is what it is.

I love the way this book is organized as well:  it uses Dewey of course!  For example, chapter 6 is "302.2 Communication, Failures and Disruptions of".  A favorite chapter is chapter 8 "598.2 Rare Birds' which is dedicated to stories pertaining to one particular patron - Cuckoo Carol.  Because lets face it, every public library has a Cuckoo Carol (though you may use a different nickname).

The short little scenes are written in such a way that anyone can see the humor, though librarians and library workers/volunteers might laugh the loudest.  I am so thankful to have received this as a Christmas gift and plan on sharing it with my staff!

I Work at a Public Library
by Gina Sheridan
Adams Media, 2014.
157 pages
Source:  gift



Erin said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I am going to have to check it out. I think you might enjoy Dewey: The Library Cat Who Touched The World. You have a very nice blog.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Thanks Erin! I have read Dewey (and the kids picture book too!)! Gina Sheridan (the author of this book) has also published a book of book lists that I'm going to take a look through (not that I have any trouble finding books to read!)

Andi said...

I read another book in this same vein many years ago....Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian. Made me hoot. And decide not to be a librarian. lol

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