A colleague recently posted an intriguing question on my favorite Face Book Librarian hangout: “If you were being sold in a library book sale, which table would you be on?”
She had her first response within seconds:
Quickly followed by:
Bible stories. (I’m born again.)
True Crime (I work in a prison library.)
Humor books, of course. (They’re easy to read and you walk away smiling.)
As more librarians got into the game, the comments poured in:
Inspirational. (I want to make a difference in the lives of others.)
Audio books. (I never shut up.)
A few responses were both insightful and descriptive:
I’m the book leveling out the table the other books are arranged on.
I’d be under the table, out of sight and forgotten, in a waterlogged box full of baby spiders.
But most of the comments were limited to a few quick words:
I’m a trashy romance!
Some answers would seem to reflect low self esteem:
Never checked out.
Fragile. Handle with Care.
Others, not so much:
A few comments referenced the fact that some of us are getting on in years:
Old and unusual.
Used but useful.
Cover shows wear but contents still good.
Vintage and fabulous.
And then there were the librarians who walk on the wild side:
DANGEROUS! ADULTS ONLY!
Forbidden… but alluring.
Cheap & Easy [snickers]
My very favorite response? (And entirely realistic, given this crowd?):
Scratched by cats.
In conclusion? One of the many joys of library work is having such clever, fun-loving colleagues. As far as I’m concerned, we’re all Rare Finds.
How about you? If you were a sale book, which table would you be on? Post your response in the Comments Section.
(Roz Warren is the author of OUR BODIES, OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR.) This piece first appeared on Zestnow.)