1. Check out books.
2. Check in books.
3. Explain to patrons that, no, they can not check out more books when they owe over $10 in late fees.
4. Explain to patrons that, yes, they did indeed bring the books back, but the books were three months late and, even at just ten cents a day for each book they checked out, when they had out fifty books and kept them out an additional ninety days, fines tend to add up.
5. Teach patrons how to use the card catalog (which now exists on a computer and not in a drawer)
6. Explain to patrons that they will not find our non-fiction books in the fiction section.
7. Help patrons set their account up so they can place things on hold and renew books from their home.
8. Check in DVDs, put them on the cart to put on the shelves, then check them back out to other patrons.
9. Explain to patrons about the fabulous things we offer in our 24-7 Library, including basic skills, audio book downloads, test preparation, and foreign language learning.
10. Call patrons and remind them that the book they had us borrow for them is in the library and they can come pick it up.
11. Register new patrons who have never had library cards before and explain the rules.
12. Tell patrons who have had library cards before and who are still in our statewide system that they need to bring back the twenty books they still have out from the last library they had a card at before I can issue them a new card.
13. Gladly announce when it's closing time. :-)
Seriously, I love my job at the library. Today (I'm writing this on Wednesday night for Thursday Thirteen) we had a man come in who had recently been laid off his job. He was sixty and was going back to college to try to learn a new skill. He didn't have a library card, so we fixed him up and showed him how he could go onto the computer to study and brush up on his reading skills because he had tested out at the tech school as reading on a second grade level. It's being able to help people like this that make my job so rewarding.
And, on the "just when you think you've seen everything" side, we had six books turned in today that were due in 2004 :-) Better late than never.
What's the longest you've ever kept a library book?
The daily "How Much Are Judy and Marianne Alike" poll:
You Are the Fairy
You are charming, cheerful, and a little bit magical. You make other people's lives better.
You are a bit eccentric at times, but you truly care about people in your own way.
You are hyper and restless. It drives you crazy to sit still, and you are usually the first to leave any event.
You are unpredictable and flighty. No one can guess what you'll be up to next ... or where you'll be!