Friday, November 30, 2012


What I'm doing between questions: end-of-month projects.

1:00 in the children's room
  • Here I sit in a large-ish room with ALL of my friends, i.e., no one :)
  • [phone] How long are we open today? 
  • Printer starts printing...I guess it's ok, though it didn't go through the SAM Print thingy
  • Custodial dude arrives to clean bathrooms
  • Three adults + 1 baby arrive [yes, you can print in here, and no, you can't have the bathroom keys right now since they're being cleaned]
  • Keys are back

Thursday, November 29, 2012


What I'm doing between questions: awards' lists for a new project....and asphyxiating from the smell of burnt rubber that is permeating the building (it's either the heating unit on the roof or blown-up ballasts in the lights--we're on day 4 of this...).

1:00 in the children's room
  • YA nonfiction [turns out she's looking for a series of books about drug addition...which turn out to be Ellen Hopkins' Crank books]
  • Books on "making food" [I walk him to the cookbooks, and show him the general arrangement]
  • Just-learned-to-walk kid toddles back behind the desk--so freakin' adorable!!
  • Broken headphones are broken 
  • Check out here? [nope]

Monday, November 26, 2012


What I'm doing between questions: the end-of-month order cleanup

  • I clean out the "messages left" file and shred everything from August and September...including the request for a DVD of Mass Effect 3 [lol]
  • Forgot PIN, but his card's expiration date didn't get updated in SAM either, plus he has a fine over the max for internet use; I issue him a guest pass for today since he's broke till the end of the month
  • Pay to print
  • Possibly the most annoying phone alert EVER goes off: [high-pitched 'baby-doll' voice] "You have a message, a teeny-tiny text message..."
  • What seasons of MI-5 do we have? [only the ones he's seen, and since he hasn't ponied up for a full-service card--don't ask--we can't ILL anything for him]
  • Look up card number
  • Truman and the National School Lunch Program [which turns into a VERY long discussion of that, the local community college and this woman's tutoring student who is 19 and can't read--wtf, Nearby Rural School District, W. T. F.!--and books in the YA section he might be willing to wade through with help]
  • Help with 3-hole punch [you really do have to push HARD to get it to work!]

  • ILL person looking for a book with a weird call # [the call # is right, but it's nowhere to be found.... grr]
  • Woman with crazy eyes wants to get on the internet [I break the rules and just run a day-pass for her since I don't want to deal with anyone with crazy eyes any longer than necessary]
  • I check one last place for the weird call # book...and find it [woot]
  • Wow!  The Didache and something by an earth Church Spanish [uhm, not gonna happen]
  • There are days when SAM needs to be smacked upside the head and sent to bed without dinner...
  • Day pass
  • Day pass
  • [I feel like I work on a ward with all the passes I'm giving out today]
  • Pay to print
  • Help with printing

Monday, November 19, 2012


What I'm doing between questions: Best of the Year list compilation begins....

6:00 in the children's room
Librarian K came in to ask me a question, as did Librarian T, I helped someone print something off the internet, I found the Monster High books in then Spanish YA section, and I reserved a DVD for someone.

Thursday, November 08, 2012


What I'm doing between questions:

  • Permanent guest pass for internet
  • Macbeth in "English" (i.e., not Elizabethan)
  • SAM hates me
  • How to use the internet
  • Pay to print x2
  • Guest pass a-go-go [I just don't care, nor do I feel like fighting with a woman with a screaming toddler]
  • Pay to print x 3 or 4 (can't remember) and lots of help too
  • Book patron reserved showing up "RECEIVED"-- when will I get it
  • Reserve Ghostbusters 2 (our copy is out)
  • ...and the sound tracks (don't have)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012


What I'm doing between questions: outside-city-limit patron holds

4:00 in the kids' room
  • "Do you have..." books for kindergarteners? [No, nor for 4th graders. {eyeroll, internal} Of course we do, I show her where]
  • [My college student/son calls in an absolute PANIC because his phone isn't working right. Totally wigging out....]
  • Help with printing
  • "Myth" Romney and Barack Obama books [we can do the latter...not so much the former for someone in grade school]
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins "number" [as in call number]
  • Bathroom key
  • Key is back
  • Wizard of Oz (book)

Monday, November 05, 2012


What I'm doing between questions: clean-up of mis-coded items, and watching the installation of historical American flags by extremely noisy people...and other duties as assigned....

  • [phone] "I was on hold for J.K. Rowling's book, but now I'm not?" [I remember that she was near the top and replace her hold...very odd]
  • Butterflies
  • Bestseller list
  • Discussion of flags; I've gotten two different stories from people about what flags they are....will look after the people are gone
  • Guest pass for internet
  • Help with email signup [no, your street address is not an email address...]
  • Oops, SAM made your password blank...stupid SAM [I undo it and he gets right in this time]
  • Used car price guide (not Edmund's anymore, but it'll work)

4:00 in the J ghetto
  • No, I can't check out here
  • ...and the middle school kids start to arrive...whee....
  • The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins [and our copy has been withdrawn, so I do an order request for a new one]
  • Earring found on floor
  • Bathroom key
  • Historical fiction for a reluctant reader...and the list mom has could have been given to me, the titles are that old... :-( Sometimes I wonder about teachers
  • Key is back
  • Word processor? [you have to log in to use it...she wanders away]
  • [I'm STILL dealing with the historical fiction mom and daughter....!]
  • Charlotte's Web, one copy for each of the two girls asking [well, we have one copy...they'll have to share]
  • Bathroom key
  • How to write a notarized letter
  • Key is back

  • My pastor and his wife stop by to chat--they aren't together here often (she volunteers here), so it's kinda cool
  • Alfred Binet. And cookbooks
  • Can I use this card for the internet? [yup]
  • [phone] Librarian B asks me to check the cameras on a couple of kids she just separated on her way to dinner; they moved, but when I go check they are lip-locked again, and I eject them 
  • And we're having a sneeze convention...dude's crying he's sneeze so many times...I blame the dusty computers and these flags, which are slightly mildewy [10 minutes...I think he's ok now]
  • Need more time
  • Pay to print

Friday, November 02, 2012

Friday (TGI)

What I'm doing between questions: hah!!

  • When I arrive, Librarian J is 'splaining over the phone how to get onto one of our databases from our website, and I'm torn between laughing and crying
  • Scratch paper
  • How to "sign up" for the Study Rooms, and for how long can they be used [first come, first served for as long as you need it]
  • "No climbing on the horse, hon" [cute little girl whose father is desperately trying to accomplish something while also keeping an eye on her--I should suggest he go in the kids' room so she can run around a little more safely]
  • Fax [and I have to go get change as Head of Circ has cleaned us out of bills for changing a $20]
  • Guest pass
  • [...and the little girl takes off across the ref area. I stop him on his way back to his desk to tell him that the access is the same in the kids' room, and tied to his card not the location of the computer he uses. He looks extremely grateful to know that.]
  • Pay to print