From a patron’s missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, I Work at a Public Library showcases the oddities that have come across Gina Sheridan’s circulation desk. Throughout these pages, she catalogs her encounters with local eccentrics as well as the questions that plague her, such as, “What is the standard length of eyebrow hairs?” Whether she’s helping someone scan his face onto an online dating site or explaining why the library doesn’t have any dragon autobiographies, Sheridan’s bizarre tales prove that she’s truly seen it all.
As someone who has worked as a school librarian for several years now, it is easy for me to believe some of the truly bizarre things requested and questions asked. The outlet of the public library gets even stranger as some truly unique (and sometimes oddly clueless and outright rude) members of a community start being added into the mix. The results are funny, sometimes head scratching, and sometimes heartwarming. The interesting thing about most people who work in libraries is that we love helping people find information and really are advocates of free speech and reading. There is a real passion for the job. It just happens to be a job that really weird things get asked. Sheridan shares some of her best anecdotes of what she’s heard and seen in this little book.
3 out of 5