Monday, July 28, 2008

Opening Lines's Great Opening Sentences from Science Fiction

Of course, now that I'm looking at this list, I can't think of any of my own favorites.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Vintage funny

Before I was a librarian, I was a circulation clerk. I just remembered the following conversation with a patron:

Me: You have a fine on your card of $x.xx. Would you like to take care of that today?
Lady: Really? What was that for?
Me: Um... *checks* Stop Procrastinating Now.
Both: *look at each other*
Lady: *starts laughing*
Me: I'm glad you laughed first!

Mr. Subject report (overheard)

Pictures books about The Byrds, Metallica, The Doors, The Beach Boys, and/or The Beatles.

Update (also overheard): He just called for the book that the movie How to Make an American Quilt was based on. Hint: Same title.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Mr. Subject report (firsthand)

Mr. Subject: Do you have any books about... um, Oregon?
Me: Sure, are you looking for the history of Oregon, or...?
Mr. Subject: I want a mystery.
Me: A mystery set in Oregon?
Mr. Subject: Yeah.

Solution: Multnomah County Library's list of novels set in Portland

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mr. Subject report (overheard)

"Do you have any books on furniture, like couches?"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How do I

Lady: I need to look up some stuff on the computer.
*We both glance at the sign that says COMPUTER SIGN-IN AT CHECKOUT DESK*
Me: You can do that at the checkout desk.
Lady: How do I do that?
(Turn 180 degrees, put one foot in front of the other, and walk to the checkout desk!)
Me: Just show them your library card, and they'll give you a computer pass.
Lady: Cool! *walks to circ desk*