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Friday, October 5, 2012

Moments

People who know me personally can attest to the fact that I'm a very honest person. In high school, for example, I once told a waitress that she left a soda off of the check when I was out with my friends at T.G.I. Friday's or whatever. My friends, bless their hearts, rolled their eyes and were like "GOD, Rita." Even the waitress was like "Okaaaay. Um, thanks for telling me?" I would have been called a square, if the term "square" were being used by Long Island teenagers in 1995.

Anyway, I'm saying this now to reiterate the fact that the things that I present on this blog are true. I don't make any of it up, which is probably why I don't post as often as "highly effective" bloggers do or worry about page views or creating daily content. I really just try to deal with moments as they happen - good moments, bad moments, moments that make me think or laugh or want to cry (or even vomit, depending on what's been going on in the public bathrooms).
The other day, after a series of frustrating moments, I had a good one - and as I've said in the past, they always seem to come just when they are needed.

I had hopped on the circulation desk to help out because the line had gotten really long and the reference desk wasn't too busy at that moment. A woman and her young daughter came up to me with a bag full of books, and the mother started putting them on the counter to be checked out.  


Me: "Wow, that's a lot of books!"

Kid: "I love to read!" And she actually clapped her hands. I don't know if I can stress to you enough how much it NEVER gets old when a kid tells me he/she loves to read.

Me: "That's great!"

Mom, continuting to remove books from the bag and rolling her eyes good-naturedly (there were SO many books. Like, clown-car proportions.): "She reads so much she can't even remember WHAT she's read."

Kid, almost protesting: "But it was still an adventure!"

I wasn't sure I had heard correctly. Did this kid just call reading an adventure?

Me: "Did you just say 'it was still an adventure'?"

The kid nodded.

Me: "That's true. Reading IS like an adventure. That's very true."


She smiled.

And that is the kind of moment that lets me know that I'm still in the right place. And it also makes me wish I had a tape recorder so that I can show people that YES, kids still love to read and YES, libraries are still providing a great service. Because there are other moments when I feel like people forget, and sometimes, admittedly, I even forget myself why I am here (like those moments when the Phantom Defecater hits the public bathrooms. I mean, COME ON).


But then a good moment occurs and I remember. If only all of our moments could be good moments.

15 comments:

  1. I have to admit, it's pretty amazing. My ultra-competitive daughter likes to accrue more reading points than anybody in her class. Last week was 340 minutes! Almost 6 hours... and she just finished Chamber of Secrets. Best part? She just turned 7.

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    1. That's wonderful! I hope she keeps it up!

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  2. *biggest smile ever*

    This is so fantastic.

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  3. I love this so much, Rita. So very much. I remember one of the first times I went to a library as a kid. It was, and still is, a place of magic.

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  4. I can identify with wishing for more of the good moments than the bad moments. I've had both literally within seconds of each other, sometimes in response to each other. Classic: one patron yelling at me and calling me names because I asked him to get off of the computer because his time was up, and the computer user next to him immediately saying when he left "you are NONE of the things he called you; you're a great librarian!" Both come with the territory of working with the public, and the bad help us appreciate the good! (At least, that's what I keep telling myself.)

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    1. I tell myself that too! And I think it's true. :)

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    2. That happens in our bookshop too. It's always really nice when some grumpy patron blasts you, only for someone else in the shop to come up immediately afterwards and tell you what a rude person than was and that you're NOT crap just because you don't have a bigger shop/more books on his topic of interest/some obscure title from 1873... It's amazing how it can redeem a BAD moment. :)

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  5. Darling!! I love your stories and I have no doubt they are totally true!

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  6. Aww as a future children's librarian, this makes my heart happy :D

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  7. I love this story. Once I was going to the library and as I was entering I passed a little kid hugging a book and looking SO HAPPY. It was enough to warm the cockles of one's heart.

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    1. Aww! Too bad you couldn't have taken a picture of that. :)

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  8. Its moments like the one you describe that have kept me happy to work for the library for over 29 years. Even when we moan and groan, there is a higher purpose for the place...and librarians like you!

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  9. I LOVE 'kids love reading' moments! I have four - just four - regular kids at the shop, and every time they come in it makes my day. They adore books, scour the shelves enthusiastically and tell me all about what they're reading, and their parents are usually friendly book lovers too. I tend to get ridiculously soppy and give them discounts/free stuff just for being so frickin' awesome, even though that's not really how a bookshop's meant to work... ;)

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  10. I am a school librarian and saw one of my students sitting at the bus stop reading a book to pass the time. I got all choked up!

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  11. I am a librarian in a public library. These moments are the ones I live for. My favorite part of my job is when I can connect over a book with a reader no matter their age. Keep up the good work!

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