2019 is dead and buried. It’s time to return to work. Both Holly and I return to work tomorrow ready to help patrons cope with our new year. Before the week is out, at least 10 people will comment that they are still using 2019. I will be wondering what day it is probably for at least a week due to crazy schedules and holidays.
For those of us in public libraries, summer reading will start kicking into high gear and many of us will be writing annual reports for the library. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are some typical reference desk scenarios you can expect on your return to work.
- Weather themed questions including snowfall, accuracy of weather reports. Generally, this involves a discussion about how the weatherman “lied” when he said we would only get 3 inches of snow, and it ended up being 6 inches.
- When are the tax forms coming? Bonus points for complaints about the changes in the forms. More bonus points if patron talks about conspiracies and invokes a constitutional amendment.
- My kids gave me a ________ . (e-reader, tablet, i-phone, etc) Can you show me how to use it? Bonus points if there is a family drama story associated with this gift.
- My teenager needs to have 100 hours of volunteer time before the end of January. Can he start tomorrow? Bonus points if parents insist s/he be given “interesting” duties since s/he is gifted. Also points if the parent wants to volunteer with the teen.
So to all our friends out there in library land, good luck out there. If weeding is one of your resolutions for 2020, be sure to send us the ugly, scary, funny, and outdated of your finds.
Yours in library service,
Mary and Holly