I Work at A Public Library

I Work at A Public Library

A Collection of Crazy Stories From the Stacks

Book - 2014
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"From a patron's missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, I Work at a Public Library showcases the oddities that have come across Gina Sheridan's circulation desk. Throughout these pages, she catalogs her encounters with local eccentrics as well as the questions that plague her, such as 'What is the standard length of eyebrow hairs?' Whether she's helping someone scan his face onto an online dating site or explaining why the library doesn't have any dragon autobiographies, Sheridan's bizarre tales prove that she's truly seen it all." --Back cover.
Publisher: Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2014]
ISBN: 9781440576249
Characteristics: 157 pages ; 20 cm


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Some of these stories are heartwarming or inspiring; in others, the ick-factor is off the charts. You never know what could happen at the Public Library! Read more or submit your own anecdotes to the blog at iworkatapubliclibrary.com!

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Aug 29, 2020

There's lots of laughs in this one.

Jun 07, 2020

I laughed out loud at some miscommunications and children's candor, cringed at crudeness and rudeness, and cried at sweet stories (boy, those Volumes of Gratitude... ). There were definitely some duds, but overall I enjoyed it.

Apr 06, 2020

This is a fairly amusing collection of anecdotes from people who work in the library system. It is a quick read, very enjoyable.

Nov 11, 2019

A mixed bag -- for some stories, you probably had to be there.

JCLHebahA Aug 26, 2019

I love my off-the-wall library stories as much as the next person, but this collection felt derisive and more punching-down toward library users.

Jun 09, 2019

Very short stories, took a little over an hour to read, some were Laugh out Loud. Librarians put up with a lot.

Mar 08, 2019

Absolutely hilarious! I found myself reading this aloud to coworkers and we all found ourselves giggling. It's perfect for lunch breaks at the library!

JCLLizW Oct 01, 2018

To be honest, some of these stories sounded so familiar that I had to check if the author had worked in the area. Most of these are funny, a few are quite shocking, and some are heartwarming.

Jul 11, 2018

I laughed at the naive, ignorant, irrational and/or willfully ignorant requests by patrons to underappreciated librarians. There is a flip side chapter on the rewards & payoff on some patrons saying thank you or paying it forward to said librarians going the extra kilometer.
I hated Cuckoo Carol!

Scythers Jan 05, 2018

I work at a library and I did find myself able to relate with some of it. That being said, it is not as funny as some other similar books I have read in the past. Also, Cukoo Carol was not THAT funny to me, mostly just rude. That being said, it might be slightly more funny for people not working at a library as it might come across as a little more surprising/shocking.

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Dec 17, 2014

humorous library stories


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Jan 18, 2020

As I shelved books in the children's area, I overheard two parents talking as their children played.

Parent 1: Do you ever hide books you've read over and over again because you're so sick of them?

Parent 2: Oh, definitely. When they ask for them, I say the book fairy came to get it. One time they saw one of the books at the library so now they think the librarians are book fairies.


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