Except for the last seven years at home with my kid, I've worked in libraries since I was 15 in the early 80's. When I started everyone still used paper card catalogs and manual checkout systems. (A librarian's nightmare from this era can be seen in the opening of Ghostbusters.) We had to count the paper cards from checked out books to tally our daily circulation. All of this is done electronically now in most libraries. Many now have ebooks, magazines and journals indexed electronically with full text included, and computer workstations with internet access for patrons as well as more traditional library services like story hours, books and newspapers.
"As a child, my number one best friend was the librarian in my grade school. I actually believed all those books belonged to her."
- Erma Bombeck
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." - Jorge Luis Borges
"A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone." - Jo Godwin
"You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library."
- Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
(Good Will Hunting
"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians." - Monty Python sketch Gorilla Librarian
Hope you have a fun trip planned to your local library in the near future. These guys have always found it useful.
Please come when the library is open, unlike some people who try to find a way around the system.
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