I went to the public library because I had to find a unique book.
The last time I stepped foot into a public library was like four years ago. But really, not much has changed:
- The ladies working behind the counters still look librarian- ish; The hipster revolution has not made these ladies/men into hipsters, you know, like the bearded men or bohemian women on the streets today..
- There weren’t any comfy couches; just some hard, dusty chairs, and school type desks with cubbies. Obviously, West Elm or Pottery Barn furniture was not even mentioned when they bought these items…
- The Internet section of the library was full of computers; but it was antiquated. The computers looked like old Dells, and maybe even used floppy disks.
- The reference desk had a lot of papers, notices, post its, stacks of books, flowers, construction paper posters, and pamphlets for various library activities. I wasn’t too keen in attending movie night of …. Something’s Gotta Give …at the library.
- The library unsuccessfully tried to look relevant with a funky “Cafe”. But, it was only a vending machine and some cafe tables. This must have been an idea from an employee who has since been fired.
- Many of the books in this library are from the heyday of libraries.. the 60s, 70s and 80s. These books aren’t politically correct anymore.. or truthful.
- The special audio section of the library had numerous CDs / DVDs from the 80s/90s., too. I think I saw a Burt Reynolds movie hanging out there.
I was given three book search options for my topic.
- One book was located at another library 20 miles away.
- The other was in the special, exclusive Reference section of the library.
- The last was in the nonfiction section.
Ok. I thought, it shouldn’t be hard to locate two books in this place . My first stop was the reference library.
The book I was looking for must of been a valuable book, since it had been stamped on the inside and outside of the book REFERENCE ONLY, OFFICIAL PROPERTY OF THE LIBRARY, DO NOT REMOVE.
I guess the library was very worried that I would steal or take the book to another area of the library. There were signs up everywhere telling me to keep the book in Reference Only!
Normally, I would not attach human feelings to an inanimate object, but these books were suffering in library prison.
Since I didn’t want to spend my whole afternoon reading up in a reference library, I sought out a similar book that I could take out without any guilt.
That book was also among other lonely books in the free to leave section..
Finally, when I went to check out my book, the library was harboring some anger against progress, and decided to stick it to me one way or another:
- I was scolded for not updating my library card. Uh…ok...
- I was told that I had some overdue book fees that needed to be paid. $40.00 seems reasonable for 4 years..
- I was reminded that I couldn’t check out my new book unless I settled up my late fee bill ….uh..the last time this book was taken out was probably 1984?…
But according to the library system, I was guilty and had to pay a late fee fine. Thanks!
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