Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sticks, Carrying big

Every librarian should speak softly and carry a big stick.  This stick can be used to hang newspapers, prod sleeping patrons, or retrieve foreign objects from public toilets.

10 comments:

Meghan said...

Not to mention breaking up overly romantic couples.

Anonymous said...

threaten badly behaving computers

lesbrary said...

Ah, this blog always reminds me that I don't have the patience with people to become a librarian. I applaud everyone who does.

Luke said...

at our library the big stick also serves to turn on and off the ceiling-mounted projectors when we can't find the remotes.

Anonymous said...

There are times that I wish I could be like Yosemite Sam and say, "I speak loud and I carry a bigger stick and I use it too!"

Laura said...

How timely. Just this morning I lent my big stick to a patron who had dropped her keys in the recycling dumpster outside. Then I put it back in the closet to be used for children's fishing game this summer.

Shawn said...

We put sticky tape on the end our big stick to fish out documents that we inadvertently put in the locked-for-shredding recycling bin. Only our own documents... usually.

finally_a_librarian said...

Ours is used to reach the switch to turn on the automatic doors.

ALGtE, in case you haven't done this previous, may I suggest that people post their "word verification" alleged word. I got the idea from mine:

pusbally

???

Anonymous said...

I have a big stick in my library (I'm a teacher librarian). I call it my book club. The kids that get it roll their eyes at me and I wander off, giggling.

Anonymous said...

My big stick was a yard stick used to wake up sleeping/passed out patrons since our branch was the defacto homeless shelter during the day. The librarian who I replaced showed me how to do the rounds: First ask them to wake up loudly, then drop books on the table, if that doesn't work prod them with the stick. I asked why the stick was necessary, and she told me that she had been punched more than once by patrons who woke up violently, so she liked to stand back.