Thursday, March 3, 2011


Today in my teenage angst, I learned that life is all about circulatory patterns. In a library, the point of having books is so that people will check them out . . . obviously. As I mentioned yesterday, graphic novels are one of the most frequently circulated items; from children to adults, these go out, come in and go out. If a book doesn't get checked out, there's no reason for it to be on the shelf. What has astounded me, in my hours of shelving, is the kinds of books that have a high circulation. 

I shelve a lot of paper backs. These are the bane of my existence at the library. The racks squeal at me, there are too many books for the number of shelves and they're not in enough of an order for me to accurately gage where they are supposed to go. I consequently end up placing them way out of order for the sake of my sanity. I was reprimanded for that today. Oops. 

Romance novels circulate like there is never going to be real sex again. It disgusts me and I judge everyone I see looking at those racks and curse them for taking them out, causing me to re-shelve them. Christian fiction is another frequently circulated item. I hate Christian fiction. I read a lot of it in my youth and by the time I was nineteen became exceedingly frustrated at the system of it all. I wish I could contact all those who are checking these items out and give them some real literature. 

The last thing I'll mention, for all of you Hills fans is L.A. Candy. This is a work of fiction by star of the Hills Lauren Conrad about a girl who moves to the city and has a reality TV show made about her life. I guess all fiction stems from somewhere. I was beyond delighted to pull it out of the book drop. Of course the library has it, I thought to myself, I just didn't realize that anyone was interested enough in Lauren Conrad anymore to check out and read her 'fiction.' 

More fun from the library to come. 


Mich said...

wow. library stories are sooo interesting!! I think its very fascinating to see what people are reading and I would probably develop all these stories in my head about the people reading them. Also - i'm a bit tempted to read LA candy just cuz i think it would be hil.arious.

Meg said...

I found your blog via Suzy's and can't stop reading/watching. You're hilarious. And what's even better, we are WILDLY opposites. My reading preferences go pretty much in this order 1. musician biographies/autobiographies, 2. political biographies 3. romance 4. Christian Fiction and Nonfiction. But regardless of this distinct difference, I heart your blog! Clever tone. Don't judge us too harshly, I swear, our reading tastes may differ but we’re good people! ;)