I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan
Published by Adams Media
Genres: Adult, Non-Fiction
Source: Amazon Prime Reading
Add to: Goodreads
Straight from the library--the strange and bizarre, ready to be checked out!
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.
Stacked high with hundreds of strange-but-true stories, I Work at a Public Library celebrates librarians and the unforgettable patrons that roam the stacks every day. - via GoodReads
I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan happened to be on my wish list and I found it on Amazon Prime Reading to read for free. I was ecstatic! Let me tell you now I would have been pissed had I paid $11 to read it. It definitely works as funny posts on Tumblr but as a compilation in a book? It didn’t do it for me.
I’ve worked at our local public library. Twice actually. Once as a senior in high school and again just before starting Once Upon a Chapter. I was expecting funny stories of quirky patrons and some of the funnier parts of what it is like to work at a public library. What I got were stories that could have (for the most part) taken place anywhere. The majority of the stories were people who didn’t know how to use technology properly, rude people, and those among us who are blissfully oblivious.
The only thing that saved this from being a 1 castle/star rating was the last chapter which are softer stories about the good libraries do. Ask a librarian and they can tell you all the things that libraries do for a community that you probably wouldn’t think of yourself. There were a few of those stories here. That and the fact that I didn’t pay money to read this.
I was pretty disappointed with I Work at a Public Library. I think it is partially my fault. As a book lover libraries hold a certain mystical quality for me and I think I was expecting more than work-a-day stories.