|Ellie reading a library book.|
For many years I have felt that librarians at the local library don't actually want anyone to touch the books. I have had trouble after trouble with librarians who are rude and annoyed when I ask for help. They are impatient with my children who sometimes have questions. A few years ago I took my mutual girls (age 12-18) to the library for an activity to expose them to the wonders of books and the two library ladies we tried to deal with were unworkable and even refused to tell the girls their names (part of a worksheet I had the girls fill out). I swear, these women think their job is to keep the books from falling into unworthy hand, meaning ANYONE BUT THEIRS!
So, Josh headed to the reserved area to get his books. Well, right in front of the "D" (for DeMoux, yea!) shelf a librarian had a wheeled rack of books she is putting away. Josh smiled at her. She didn't smile back. Josh waited quietly next to her, expecting that after a moment she would let him get to his books. No. Not so much. She just kept shelving, occasionally glancing venomously at my husband.
After a couple of minutes he asked if he could just reach past her really quickly to grab his books. He said she dropped her eyes and shoulders with a heavy sigh, shook her head and grumpily slid over. He snatched his books in eight seconds flat and hustled out of the library (he did check out his books first because stealing from a library is a federal offense).
Anyway, the point is now he knows first hand why I do not care for library ladies. He knows why I rarely ask for help and will search for something for long periods of time before I venture to their desk of angrily hoarded information.
But I still love the library because I am addicted to reading and who could afford to buy every single book they wanted to read (and I don't want to own every book that I've read either). So, thanks to the librarians of the world for making books accessible to me, even if they have a harpy like attitude while they do it.