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Friday, August 22, 2008

You Thought Libraries Were Dull

posted by on August 22 at 11:00 AM


Gawker has two interesting bits of library-based news this morning. First, the Wisconsin lady whose mugshot is to the left of this writing was arrested on August 6th for having two overdue library books. The late fees totaled almost 38 dollars. It’s true that the books were Oprah pick White Oleander and Dan Brown awfulness Angels & Demons, but I still think she’s cute. She’s got the crazy eyes.

Second, a Michigan librarian got fired for publishing a tell-all book about being a librarian. Gawker has the publisher’s description of the book:

“Open this book and you’ll meet the naked patron, the greedy, unenlightened patrons, destination hell, the masturbator, horny old men, Mr. Three Hats, and a menagerie of other characters you never dreamt were housed at your public library.”

I can’t fucking wait to read this book.

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No wonder she's smiling. Yet another case of police keeping priorities in order.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | August 22, 2008 11:14 AM

What the FUCK is going on.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 22, 2008 11:17 AM

those cops had to be embarrassed. i'm not sure this is about priorities... i'm having a hard time thinking there would ever be a time when it would be okay to arrest someone for not returning a library book or two. can't they just use a collection agency or garnish wages/tax refunds or something? or ban her from entering all libraries and parks after printing her picture in the newspaper?


Posted by infrequent | August 22, 2008 11:19 AM

That librarian tell-all book is going to let out the secret that libraries are nothing but overpriced homeless shelters. I suppose it's going to give some bus drivers ideas if it makes a buck.

Posted by elenchos | August 22, 2008 11:19 AM

Libraries are not boring, and they're not homeless shelters either. They are the bedrock of civilization. And they're stuffed with smart, sexy people too.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 11:22 AM

I don't understand how the Michigan librarian's superiors justified firing her. Libraries have always been keen supporters of free speech. I think it is appalling.

Posted by inkweary | August 22, 2008 11:23 AM

I think the knowledge that she got arrested for overdue library books makes her more attractive.

Posted by Greg | August 22, 2008 11:24 AM

I'm reading a book by a public librarian and it's fucking terrible.

Posted by Ryan on Summit | August 22, 2008 11:32 AM

The fact that her tell-all book is being put out by PublishAmerica, a print on demand publisher of dubious merit, is enough to put the kibosh on my interest.

Posted by Chris B | August 22, 2008 11:33 AM

#3 People get into legal trouble all the time for keeping stuff that doesn't belong to them.

Posted by Mike | August 22, 2008 11:35 AM

@10. yes, but this is a library, so there should be a system that governs fees that doesn't involve arrest.

not only that, if my friend borrows a couple of books from me, and doesn't return them, i will probably take them to small claims court, not have them arrested.

Posted by infrequent | August 22, 2008 11:38 AM

@10 not only that, but did you just try to defend the practice of using police resources to arrest people who don't return library books?

trouble = yes.
arrest = no.

Posted by infrequent | August 22, 2008 11:40 AM

Is this some viral marketing thing from the library or book publisher?

Posted by stinkbug | August 22, 2008 12:07 PM

My wife is a branch manager for our library system and she has the craziest stories. Not long ago a crackhead ran in with a gun and robbed the place ($80). There was an off duty police officer in there and he ran her (yes her) down.

Posted by Mickey in AR | August 22, 2008 12:10 PM

A public library means just that; public. Why should a library be any different than the rest of the public? Perverts and all?!?

Posted by Vince | August 22, 2008 12:25 PM

she looks like she knows this is going to be her best story for the rest of her life.

Posted by max solomon | August 22, 2008 12:36 PM

I heard the librarian who wrote the tell-all on NPR and she sounded like a terrible person. Seriously, I thought "What a terrible person" as I listened to her.

Posted by Megan | August 22, 2008 12:47 PM

Oh my gosh, Fnarf, you are so very wrong about all those "smart sexy people" hanging out at the library. Academic libraries might be a different story, but I've worked in public libraries for over eight years and they are deeply unsexy places. Irate, vengeful patrons urinating in the after hours book drop, developmentally disabled adults using our computers to print out Red Robin coupons and/or pictures of Reba McEntire, razor blades hidden in the pages of Highlights magazine...this should not pump anyone's 'nads, yo!

Posted by Betty Nuggs | August 22, 2008 1:01 PM

@18, I plead for mercy. I meant to write "staffed" not "stuffed". I didn't notice until now.

As proof, I offer your own deeply funny and sexy Reba McEntire story. Not the patron, Betty; YOU.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 1:21 PM

@14 Look what you have gone and done! Now your wife is going to get fired.

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Posted by Josh | August 22, 2008 2:47 PM

Uh Fnarf, I am a librarian. You're nuts...or blind...or something. If public libraries were staffed by sexy people, I would certainly have considered that career path. Public librarians are often great people, but they are just one or two steps above the patrons in terms of attractiveness.

Posted by wrong | August 22, 2008 3:55 PM

@22, I see a ton of sexy librarians at the branches I frequent.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 4:03 PM

@23 I guess "sexy" for some people is a bookish, mushy gal with bad hair wearing a denim jumper. Ah well - Chacun à son goût, as they say in France.

Posted by wrong | August 22, 2008 5:06 PM

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