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I like my job sometimes - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
I like my job sometimes
It's a half day at school, so when I came in (the afternoon shift), we were pretty crowded with kids trying to find something to do that didn't involve chopping stale bread into little cubes to be seasoned with sage and onion later on. Or at least, so I guess. ;) When I got in, three of our regular boys were gathered around the desk, talking anime. That morphed into talking Harry Potter, since they know I'm into that, and then somehow we got onto horror movies, which led into freaky stories we knew. I told them a couple of creepy urban legends I've come across, including one that scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a college freshman (it was this old chestnut--with a few random grace notes added involving an, um, extremely sociable roommate--loyally reported by Snopes, though at the time, I hadn't heard it before and there's nothing like being away from home for the first time to make anything feel believeable), and one of them wanted to know more of them, so I sent him up to get a couple of collections of them, and he was so amused by the book that he started reading it out loud to anyone who happened to be in earshot.

Anyway, I really enjoy having a job where storytelling can just happen spontaneously and go on for two hours with a bunch of nice kids. I forget that sometimes when I worry about the administrative minutiae.
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polly_locket From: polly_locket Date: November 23rd, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like you're as awesome as the local librarians in my the childrens' reading room upstairs. I never get to the library as often as I'd like to anymore, but librarians like you who take the time to get to know kids like me (who definitely prefer visits to braving the horrors of the kitchen) just make the library so much cooler. I'll never forget Shay, Jane, Darleen, and Nancy, who I can always count on for good teen fiction recs.

On behalf of nerdy teenagers everywhere, thanks for taking the time to storytell with those kids!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 24th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Eh, I thank them for getting me out of another dreary afternoon of analyzing which tacky paperbacks do and don't circulate, so we all come out well. ;) Though now that they're gone, I probably should get back to that...

I took the job because I like hanging out around teenagers, so it's nothing to thank me for. I like hanging out with older people and people my age, too, but they rarely come and camp out at the library for hours and hours with nothing to do there.
story645 From: story645 Date: November 23rd, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Way too cool. I wish my library was like that.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 23rd, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds like a lovely afternoon. Its great when kids will actually listen to what adults have to say.
austenrowling From: austenrowling Date: November 23rd, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Above comment was from me, didnt realize my brother had signed me out of lj.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: November 23rd, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was over at the Marshall, telling scary stories to a few classes. There's nothing like having a kid who has been misbehaving the whole time suddenly go all still and attentive when you say the magic words "cut his head off..."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 24th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. Oops!
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