I am a public librarian working in one of the greatest cities in the world. I love my job immensely and feel grateful that I essentially get paid to help people, read books, and talk about helping people and reading books. Like all professions, there are good days and bad days. Then there are the days that make me wonder how there can be so many endearingly eccentric people in the world and why they seem to flock to libraries (mine in particular). I've heard many times from family members and friends: "You should really start writing down your library stories." I actually started documenting my experiences in a notebook when I got the job over 2 1/2 years ago, but only to keep a record for myself that these things actually happened.
I've finally decided to sit down and and type out my stories so that I can give concrete examples when people ask me, with dripping skepticism, "What does a librarian actually DO?" Subsequently, this blog is born: a compilation of my experiences, thoughts, musings, and observations as a public librarian. The secondary objective of forming this online "diary" is that I hope to promote, in some small way, the importance of libraries. In real life, I am a hardworking advocate for my library system and library services in general. This stems from my belief that public libraries serve essential roles as community centers and repositories of information (or whatever other buzzphrase you'd like to insert). To put it simply, people need libraries and my interactions with these people only solidify this belief in me.
So...come check out (see what I did there?) my world of crazy.