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Re: what are you reading?

Second that...I've been a school librarian...had aquariums, snakes,
hamsters, chess, etc....in the library with set areas for individual quiet
space and other areas for quiet group work...with major goals to get kids
to use information...this was before computers.   We had paperbacks as give
aways so kids could have their own books.  One of my biggest problems was
getting kids to return hot items, in any condition....these were usually
books on cars, etc.   Also, in a later life was a law librarian...major
goals were to find what was needed as quickly and as inexpensively as
possible.  Law librarians frequently must obtain non-legal info to support
a legal case.

Now, public libraries are beginning to add "coffee shops" where you can sit
and read or work with your laptop.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 12/04/2003 2:53:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] what are you reading?
> In a message dated 12/04/2003 5:09:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> pulis@mindspring.com writes:
> > I think that back in the 50's being a librarian *was a life. The only
> > a
> > spinster had other than as teachers and nurses. And the teachers and
> > were by nature sociable, while librarians were definitely not
interested (or
> > maybe afraid of) social interaction.
> > 
> > I only remember one librarian in that era who was genuinely interested
> > helping people enjoy books. The rest of them seemed to consider
> > guardians of the sacred books. Woe be unto any kid that might dog-ear a
> > page, or get fingerprints on one, or (gasp) write in one. Not that we
> > have dared.
> I have to jump in here in defense of librarians - having been one myself.
> assure you that in the early 50s when I was a librarian at the Pensacola
> Base, those comments did not apply.  I'm sorry you had a bad experience
> one, but the stereotype does not necessarily apply to all librarians.  I
> known a couple of nurses that were holy terrors, for that matter.
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