Quiet Please

Ok. I admit it. I am a sucker for books about libraries. I am not entirely sure what I was expecting from this book, but I really liked it. Scott Douglas is funny and educational.

Scott Douglas started working in a library in Anaheim before he went to school to be a librarian. The book talks about working in the library – the librarians who don’t know who Thomas Pynchon is; the homeless man who accused Scott of stealing his generator; the man who slept in the bathroom; and his involuntary stint as a story teller for elementary schoolers.

I loved the book. I love the fact that Scott feels like he needs to be a servant to his community and how he’s more judgmental of his judgmental coworkers than he is of the patrons. He questions his career choice more than once, but when he does, something always happens to remind him why he chose his profession.

I wish I had the foresight and lacked the tunnel vision of law school when I was in college. If I had, I might have seen that a library was the right place for me. Since I did not, I have to live vicariously through other librarians. This book was worth the ride.


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