Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. From the first page of this comic debut to the last, readers will learn everything about the world of the modern-day library that they never expected.Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. From the first page of this comic debut to the last, readers will learn everything about the world of the modern-day library that they never expected.Read Less
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If you have worked in a public or a regular college library...you WOULD find this title is VERY insightful & funny too. Published in 2007.
I worked for about 20 years as a Public Library reference librarian, specializing in the Humanities Department of libraries in medium to large cities, mostly in Florida.
The General Public often seems to believe that the "Marion the Libarian" character is still being reincarnated & manages all modern libraries.
While there may be some highly controlled, monastery-style libraries (such as at a library for a school of Theology)....In a majority of cases today , the public library is the setting for lots of "drama" (without a stage) ....
Parents bringing their child in at 8 pm to grab items for a paper due to be typed & completed & turned in at 8 am the next morning (HINT: The Day the assignment came out, all the best books on that topic were grabbed first, Mom. That's why you didn't see the useful titles still there now for Johnny or Melinda to take home tonight)
Since the public libraries generally rely on govt funding, in many many cases, the homeless have every right to use the libraries as their living room day after day after day.....& they sometimes will use the restrooms in the library to take a refreshing washing off, of yesterday's leaves & perspiration. Part of the "free public access" means that a public library generally CANNOT prove that someone sitting there near the newspapers, and wearing the same shoes he's been wearing every day for 3 months, carrying all his personal belongings in.....isn't just stopping by, on his way home, to choose a book...While I have compassion for disadvantages; I have also met people who deliberately remained without an apt or other residence in order to attend free food giveouts anywhere in town, over & over again.
Dan B. is a NOT a professional librarian. In the book, he states that his other jobs had been: a short-order cook, telemarketer & Christmas-tree-chooper. Thus the Joe Sixpack guy would be able to relate to the day Mr. B turned up for first day of orientation into his job at the local library system. As it turns out, he is also a fine writer & storyteller; really remarkable as this is his first book. Often ANYONE's first book is ....um.....an exercise in Creative Writing.
There are separate chapters illustrating about 5 intriguing or downright SCARY incidents (drugs/ violent gangs using the restrooms for deals) which occurred in the California library where he worked
Worthwhile for many types of people. WONDERFUL & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone who worked or volunteered in their local libraries & found it surprising that this workplace was more multi-faceted than a living room with lots of bookshelves.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-17 Jack-of-all-trades Borchert shares wholesome, guardedly witty dispatches from the suburban L.A. library system in this charming tell-all. For 12 years the family-man author has held the post of assistant librarian, keeping a wary eye on unruly kids, mollifying mystified parents and repairing sadly manhandled materials. Borchert relays a conversation with an aged librarian who reveals how it was in the good old days (staff lunches used to be served with wine), then contrasts that account with modern-day multicultural crayons and the preponderance of latchkey kids abandoned in the library for long, numbing afternoons. A few of the regular patrons are inspiring Renaissance types, but most are unsettling and unsavory, such as intensely reclusive crossword-puzzler Henry hounding the reference desk; loser Max looking futilely on the Internet for a South American wife; or the drug dealers working the restroom. From patrons who rack up hundreds of dollars in fines to missing pet rats and fist-fighting mothers, Borchert has seen it all, and his account gives a human interest spin to this undervalued profession. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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