Saturday, October 11, 2008

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian

This book was a laugh out loud memoir of Scott, a public librarian. He takes us through the very beginning as a lowly page trying to get the respect of the librarians to actually becoming a librarian himself. He makes us cringe with tales of a powerless power hungry co-worker, the new guy who is so eager, he would believe anything you told him, the old librarians who are afraid of change and technology, and management that pretends to listen, but still does what they want anyway(all things we can relate to in any profession.)

Douglass goes on to tell us about his patrons, the homeless, the teenagers, the crazies. Anyone who has worked in a public library or any kind of service setting can spot and name someone who fits into the categories he talks about.

I rather enjoyed this book. I did have a co-worker who has read this book as well and noted that they stopped reading due to the crass language, so be forewarned for that. I, however, was not bothered by the few bad words in this book, so it could be an age thing.

If you do read this book, read all the way to the end, past the acknowledgments and all, because the laughs keep going until the very end.

Next book up... The Host by Stephenie Meyer.


1 comment:

Scott Douglas said...

Crass language? You're kidding me, right?! A few slang words perhaps. Oh, well, you can't win them all!

I'm glad you enjoyed it all the way through.

Scott Douglas