Because I’m in Year 10, I had to do Work Experience (that is, go to some sort of company and pretend they’re paying me to work for them for five days.) I’m not really good at making decisions. So I panicked a fair bit, and thought, “No! I don’t want to work any of these places! Customer service is scary, childcare is cute but terrifying, and I’m not good at talking!” Then I calmed down and thought logically.
Duh. Do it at the library.
It was a good decision.
I have a thing where I love to see what goes on behind the scenes, be it a stage, a library, whatever. It’s just cool. It’s like everything’s a performance, and there’s so much that goes into it coming out perfectly, but nobody sees it or realises the work it takes. I like seeing what people have done to get something ready for the public eye. It’s cool.
Seeing all the processing and learning about the Dewey Decimal System was very cool. (Thank you, Lemony Snicket, for explaining the system to me so I didn’t show up and have no idea what they were talking about.) I got to watch Baby Bounce (it’s like a playgroup and my nephew and niece showed up and sat with me, which was cool.) I changed about forty-thousand DVDs into lockable cases. I stamped discarded books. All very, very interesting.
The best part was when they sent me to the bookshop down the road and said, “Buy fifty board books.” And while I’m not exactly up on the picture book trends, how cool is it to go to a shop and say, “Yeah, I’ll take fifty?”
If you, like me, are a person who can’t buy brand new books very often, I expect you like the library a lot. I know I do. It’s just plain handy. But like any business, customers can be kind of annoying sometimes.
So I have a list of 5 easy ways to thank your librarians for supplying you with free books.
1. Put it back in the right place. Everyone messes this one up sometimes. You’re perusing. A cover catches your eye. You read the blurb, and go, “Nah, not this one.” You put the book back. Not in the same hole it used to be in. You don’t mean to, you just don’t think about it. This is extremely annoying for librarians. Because when someone reserves that book later, and the librarians go looking for it, they can’t find it. And it wastes a lot of their time searching.
2. Don’t sit in the aisles. If you want to sit on the floor and read, go ahead (though most have some forms of seats for your convenience.) But don’t sit in front of a bookshelf. Not only is it a pain for the other patrons who want to see that book that’s right behind your fat head, but the librarians on shelf-stacking, A) can’t get past, B) can’t access all the books, and C) might accidentally run over you with a book trolley. Which would be messy and look bad on their resumes.
3. Don’t reserve books that are in the local branch when you are. It may be easier to get the librarian to find it for you, but if you can take a couple of minutes to look, you’ve given the librarians a couple of minutes to, I don’t know, do something that you’re not qualified to do. Like, buy new books.
4. Take a moment to look at the book/CD displays, and borrow! Go ahead, do! Because it took a librarian about an hour to find the right amount of books/CDs and check them into display status and set them up alphabetically. It makes them happy when they see that it’s working, and people are borrowing those books/CDs.
5. Look on the Bottom Shelves, too! This is more beneficial for yourself and the author than the librarian, but still. It’s annoying to actually squat down and read the titles that are close to the floor, but at my library, Suzanne Collins is on a second-to-bottom shelf that you wouldn’t see automatically from above, and John Green is on the floor, practically. Think of the loss that a top-shelf-skimmer would experience by never noticing they were there? Also, if those books get read a lot, too, they’ll wear, and when books show an awful lot of wear, they get discarded. Then the library buys more books. More reading material for you. Read widely from the alphabet of author names. (Psst! Librarians like buying new books… or at least, I did.)
Mime is recovering from work experience (haha) and cross country (ha*wheeze*ha). She is starting to get excited about the holidays, because she’s broke and the needs to go busking. Also, she needs time to write, because school and writing have it out for each other. She’s also hugely excited to get her report card. She’s a nerd.