Thank you for all the recommendations .I'm gonna start writing them down now so I can work my way through this gigantic pile here. I know I'll have to renew lots of them . I read quite a bit on Thursday and Friday but yesterdayI didn't get any time to read. Maybe today will be better for that . I'm very surprised at how much I am enjoying the YA books. I guess I thought I'd be too old to "get" them . It's been Many Moons ago since I was a teen . In fact, many decades !
Yes, the library next town over is much bigger than ours,so they have a reference desk with 2 people working it who do things just like that. Recommend books, look things up for you that you might want info on, etc .This boy did an outstanding job . He LOVES reading so much, he said he doesn't even own a tv, because he'd rather read than do anything else .
We have the self checkout machines at all the libraries I visit ,so sadly they have eliminated lots of employees .They even have the books that you put on reserve on shelves with your names, so you pick your own reserve books off that shelf now also .
This library is really good to help you or answer questions, though .
Yes, we have to drop boxes outside and inside the libraries .I'm sure it doesn't do much for the books .They have a separate one for CDs ,games, etc ,so they don't get books dropped on top of them .
As for librarians being helpful ,it wasn't always the way it is now. Our town has been notorious for hiring SCAREY LOOKING LIBRARIANS ,whose personality matches their looks . We had 2 different ones while I was growing up ,both crabby and scarey . The last one started when I was probably newly married,so she worked up til a couple years ago. She was also VERY crabby. She was quite the SmartMouth . 2 people came in one day asking if she could give them directions to get someplace .They were new in town and didn't know their way around. She said WHAT DO I LOOK LIKE, A WORLD MAP ? So I just gave them directions. It's REALLY not hard to find your way around our town .
One day I went in and asked her if anyone had recommended anything good lately .. I was looking for something new or different. She said I DONT KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE TO READ . THE BUILDING IS FULL OF BOOKS . GO FIND SOME .
Very cranky ..
But she retired and we now have all younger librarians who aren't old and cranky,so you always get help from them .
Edited by julie, 21 September 2013 - 10:28 AM.