To honor the librarian aspect of this blog, I've decided to feature library stories, everything from the endearing, to the absurd, to the wacky. To start us off with a bang, I've collected some odd reference questions from friends and colleagues (most of which from the great Alison Kemper--Thank you, Alison!).
For your amusement (these are all true!):
PATRON: How much is a nickel?
PATRON: How do I get a mail-order bride?
PATRON: Do you have any books on those dead squirrels?
(Translation: Do you have any books on the Dead Sea Scrolls?)
PATRON: Do you have that movie The Whispering Horse?
(Translation: Do you have The Horse Whisperer?)
PATRON: I need books on a 20th century event, maybe the Civil War?
SAME PATRON (5 minutes later): I need a book with more color photographs of people in the Civil War.
PATRON: I'm looking for a picture of the armor of God.
(The librarian who submitted this to me quipped, "Apparently she missed class in junior high the day they discussed metaphor.")
PATRON: Do you have any toenail clippers I could use while I’m in the library?
(I think a version of this guy is in every library in North America.)
PATRON: Would you like to see the video of how my bionic hand was installed?
PATRON: Did you know there is a dead guy in your parking lot?
LIBRARIAN: I poked him with my foot—he’s just drunk.
(This happens a lot more often than most people realize!)
PATRON: Can you find that brown book on the shelf I checked out a year or so ago?
LIBRARIAN: Do you remember the author or title?
PATRON: No. But you're a librarian, so you can find it, right?
PATRON: Can you tell me which books I’ve read?
PATRON: My teacher says I have to do a paper on euthanasia, so I guess that’s books on, like, kids in Japan and China, right?
For more odd questions, you can check out Things People Said: Questions Asked of Librarians.
Any other stories out there? Please share!