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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Getting Mugged at the Reference Desk

Like many people, I have a favorite mug. Perhaps predictably, mine is library-related. I can't remember if I bought when I visited the Library of Congress a bunch of years ago or if it was a gift, but it has journeyed with me from branch to branch, sitting atop my desk like ceramic monument to books and libraries and the promotion of education and literacy and the pursuit of information. (Also, I drink tea from it.) 

The other day I was drinking tea on one of my reference desk shifts (which I know is frowned upon, but I was trying desperately to avoid the mid-afternoon crash). A couple of kids were hanging out at the desk, as they do, and one of the girls apparently noticed this statement on the other side of my mug:

"YES!" She exclaimed, slamming her hand down on the reference desk. "That's so true!"

"What's true?!" 

"What your mug says about books. That's how I feel too."

And then the kids started talking about books. And how much they love books. And how they are going to check out more books from the library. Basically, a children's librarian's dream.

There is hope, people. There is hope.

(And if it starts conversations such as these, maybe I will continue to drink tea at the reference desk. DAMN THE MAN.)


  1. This post made me smile. For one thing, that is an awesome mug. I feel the same way. And those kids? They are more awesome than I can even say. Love that.

    Oh, and SAVE THE EMPIRE.

  2. A post to bring glee to any reader's (and librarian!) heart.

  3. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! As much as I love your READ necklace that I asked for for mother's day and probably won't get until I buy it myself...

  4. Doesn't the Man get that librarians run on tea?! Also, check out my blog sometime, I think we have some overlapping patronage.

  5. Awwww. It's enough to warm the cockles of one's heart. :)

  6. As a BPL librarian , I didn't know there was such an anti drinking tea at ref desk rule. I prefer diet coke, but to each his own.