Maybe our world doesn’t have magical owls that bring you invitations to go on adventures, but it does have libraries.
Andrew Slack – co-founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance – in his keynote at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting (via forestparklibrary)
Eileen Cook said something very similar about the library - specifically, about teen programming like Book Camp - during her keynote address.
A woman came to the desk with a look of disgust and anger on her face.
Woman: “You hardly have ANY sale books over there. What the hell am I supposed to do?”
Me [smiling]: “I’m so sorry we don’t have a lot of sale books right now. We do have many, many, many free books.” [gesturing at the stacks]
Woman [angrily]: “Ugh!”
A patron asked for help on the computer she was using. She was trying to log on with her library card but instead of typing in the number, she’d inserted the library card into the floppy disk drive.