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Dispatches from a Public Librarian

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Author: Scott Douglas
Published: 2010
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,380 / 74 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,762
Added to site: 2010.02.17 26694
License: by-nc-nd

34 dispatches from McSweeney's contributer, Scott Douglas. Also includes several other library themed essays.

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t not exactly the type of person I'd take for sleeping on restroom floors.

Patron Two Patron number two is the man who sang romantic Spanish tunes in the restroom. He came on an otherwise normal Thursday evening about an hour before closing. I was sitting at the information desk looking intently at a blank computer screen when a library page came to me and said, "There's a man in the bathroom who's been in there a really long time." I shrugged and thought to myself that it was a little weird for the library page to be keeping track of how long patrons used the restroom. I said the patron was probably just having a rough go at it, and to let me know if he was still there in thirty minutes. The page nodded and continued, "That's not all. He's singing in Spanish. He keeps flushing the toilet and then singing a new song every time he flushes it. He's flushed the toilet at least ten times since he went in." I asked what songs he was singing. I don't know why I asked what he was singing; I don't thi

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****

Thoughtful and funny! Perfect for light reading. You will gain an appreciation (and no small measure of sympathy)for your local librarian. Mr. Douglas invites us to his branch of a California library detailing the odd happenings and very "colorful" patrons that are "all in a day's work".



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