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Why are the cops here?

April 5, 2011

As interns, we are supposed to always be accompanied by a reference librarian while we are on a desk, either in Adult Services or down in Movies and Music. This is helpful because even though I’ve been here for a while now and can answer most questions with ease and assurance that I’m passing on correct information, there are still times when I get a question I’ve never gotten before and have no clue the answer to. Also, with patrons who think you have to be a certain age to have any kind of authority, it’s good to have someone to double check certain questions with. Especially if the eventual answer is “no” shaped. Even if you already know the answer, it doesn’t hurt your case to quickly make a trip over to a reference librarian to check. A double checked “no” is generally more accepted by contrary patrons.

Perhaps because of my encyclopedic knowledge of movies, or just because I’m awesome and have been here a while, sometimes I will get left alone to tend Movies and Music. The longest was just an hour to cover someone’s lunch break, but still. It makes me feel pretty fantastic when I’m trusted with a whole department for a while. Not that Movies and Music ever gets that hectic. The craziest thing I ever saw here was a guy run in, grab Mark’s coffee mug, tear the lid off, and dump it on the floor. Only a little blood was spilled and, as the fellow’s companion told us while profusely apologizing, the guy just really liked coffee. Yes, Mark did hit his leg as he tried to prevent his mug from being grabbed, but if that’s the craziest thing that’s happened down here on my watch, that’s not bad. And that’s not even that crazy compared to what happens upstairs. So if they’re going to leave any department to an intern it would be this one. Still, it makes me feel special when it happens.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2011 7:10 pm

    What??? You never told me that story – I need more details!

    • April 12, 2011 7:27 pm

      The one about Mark? Yeah, that was the first time I was ever down in AV, I think. I’m pretty sure it was one of the Stonebelt people and that’s why he had a companion. Yeah, I was with a patron and out of the corner of my eye I see this person running in from the atrium. Here you can never be certain why people are running towards you, but it turned out he just wanted to dump Mark’s coffee. It would have been more amusing had Mark not bashed his shin in his attempt to save his coffee. Most of the humor was in the companion’s explanation for why the guy wanted to dump the coffee. “He just really loves coffee.” That’s what makes it an awesome story.

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