I am a bit of a sucker for this type of book. Interacting with the public for most of my working life I have a few amusing stories up my sleeve too. I think that sets my expectations pretty high.
I WORK AT A PUBLIC LIBRARY by Gina Sheridan
The tag line on this book is “A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks”.
Crazy? Not so sure.
I can’t honestly say that, for me, there were any laugh-out-loud moments as I read this book. I found it mildly funny at best so that was a little disappointing. I understand that Ms. Sheridan was sharing some of these stories in a blog and eventually had other librarians sending her stories that she added to her own and shared a select number in this book. I may go and check out the blog sometime just to see if she could have made better choices.
My favorite story in the book? Ouchies, Library … I stubbed my toe just as someone dropped a book into the inside book drop. As I yelped and howled in pain, a child on the other side said “Mommy, I think we hurt he book”.
All that aside I do applaud any literary effort that celebrates libraries and librarians. I use my library A LOT and am so grateful they do what they do. For that reason I tacked another ½ star onto my rating of this book … 3 ½ stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from the book jacket)
Gina Sheridan is a librarian in St. Louis, Missouri, where she lives her partner Travis. When she’s not collecting stories, she’s exploring cemeteries, dressing up her cats, or taking pictures of things overlooked by regular people. You can visit her website at www.iworkatapubliclibrary.com