Catching up with school librarians
Posted by lpearle on 11 January 2006
(at the Barnes & Noble in Brooklyn Heights)
Lady: Excuse me, but I’m looking for a book.
Store chick: And?
Lady: I don’t remember the title or author, but the cover is purple.
Store chick: Our purple books are downstairs.
Lady: They sent me up here.
Store chick: We’re sold out of purple books. You want something in a yellow?
Now, the ordinary response is to giggle at this, right? “How absurd”
Except – and all my school librarian friends will agree – this is the sort of request we get all the time.
- “Ms. Pearle, last year I took out that book with the red cover. Can I borrow it again?”
- “Where’s that book about the dog?”
- “I was working on a project and saw a picture of a pyramid. Which book was it in?”
- “My friend in the other class read a book with ponies on the cover. I don’t want that one but the other one she read.”
All part of a day’s work here at MPOW. Glad to see that Barnes & Noble is keeping up.