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When I tell people I work in a library, they say What a nice quiet job or It must be nice to read all day.I m going to hand them this book and tell them this is what my job is REALLY like Working with the public in a library islike working as a mediator, a security guard, a psychologist, a baby sitter, a computer expert or a counselor, none of which most of us have degrees or experience in And oh yes, now and then we get to answer a few informational questions.Hat s off to ya, Don, you ve gone and written the book we all wish we had the guts and the time to write Now if only people were still reading instead of surfing the internet and checking out videos. Yes, I can relate to the lingo and overall unpredictable atmosphere of the public library that Borchert describes, but just a plain ol memoir without analysis on how to cope with or improve the system is plain ol boring for me I don t want to get hierarchical over job titles but I m miffed that the book is marketed as a mild mannered librarian tell ing all and that s not the case Borchert is not a librarian, has no interest in getting a library degree, and doesn t come off as being particularly mild mannered I guess I was expecting this to beof a study that could be used in the field as well as the classroom, rather than Borchert haphazardly rehashing experiences and conversations from his library colleagues. I ve never met the author of this book never been to his library, never even heard of him, but I am willing to swear to his honesty and authenticity Everything you read in it is true Fecal covered dildoes tossed into the bookdrop Oh yeah, not surprising Punk kids using the library as a base of operations for god knows what All in a schoolday s work People refusing to be held accountable for their fines People falling in love Perverts exposing themselves Housewives attacking each other in the parking lot Ho hum.I have to give this book five stars out of professional solidarity, and even if I didn t have the professional solidarity thing, I d still give it five stars for being a great book It shows the human face of librarians cussing, swearing, disgruntled librarians who would throw down if the city would give them half the chance, thankyouverymuch.Those of us in the know will relate to it and know it to be the Everylibrarian s memoir, and know that what the author tells is so completely par for the course in the day of a public library.Those of you not in the biz will be shocked, appalled that this sort of nonsense goes on in the library but you will also be entertained, amused, and hopefully inspired by what we put up with, and the smiles that come to our face with the inadvertent kindness and appreciation of some of the patrons who make our time in the profession worthwhile At times, the book makes you want to cry it effectively illustrates the ignorant bureaucracy, the patience and generosity of under paid civil servants, and the painful pathos of underprivileged, sometimes unbalanced men, women, and children who view the library as their haven, comfort, and last resort.And if you have read Unshelved, you will end with a sneaking suspicion that the author brought the characters of the comic strip to life The author could be Dewey, and Terri could be Tamara s twin sister If Mel were a littleMachiavellian, she would be Juanita through and through.Everyone should read this book librarians, for comfort, solidarity, and the reminder that they are not alone non library users, so they could realize how misguided their preconceived notions of who librarians are and what they do politicians, so that they can see how much they affect themselves and society with each budget cut they approve bureaucrats, so that they might see how counter productive so many of their measures are and library users, so that they can be aware of, and appreciate, how hard it might be for us to smile some days.And yet we keep on smiling. This book was mildly amusing The point of view was just really white guy, though It makes sense due to Borchert s being a white guy, but still, the overtones of sexism and amaaaaaaazement at other cultures disappointed me Also, I don t think public librarians are a great audience for this book, which is funny it s like, oh, you got war stories, huh So do I and I ve been working in the PL for less than 6 months Yawn. Librarians of the world, unite That s what I feel like shouting after reading this enjoyable memoir of a longtime public librarian Don started working at a branch library in California when a friend suggested he apply for a civil service job He s good at dealing with difficult patrons and telling rambunctious kids to knock it off Like most librarians, he s had his share of weird stories the time police arrested two guys who had been dealing drugs in the library the time someone tossed a used dildo in the book drop the time a staff member had a severe allergic reaction to a wild animal that was brought in for a children s program, etc., etc.I used to work in a public library and I could relate to Don s experiences I think this book would be enjoyed by anyone in library world, and I would add it to the suggested reading lists for library science students. Too much of the chaos Borchert depicted was behavior I too experienced I believe working in a branch city library wouldn t be as appealing as managing a rural small town operation Some of my favorite that s disgusting memories The soft shriek of disgust from my assistant when she opened a returned book containing a used condom When I explained to the patron why she needed to pay replacement costs, she stated with weary, My granddaughter The expression on the parole officer s face when he came in to visit his home schooling family, after scanning the public Internet computer participant array, leaning across the circulation counter to whisper, You have five of my caseload in here now Indeed, I knew some of them too well In the year after we became an Internet computer provider, we hadpolice related episodes than in the previous 25 years combined.The day after I let the county administrator convince me to work another month before retiring, when one of the staff asked me to observe the creepy man at an Internet computer Yep, had his pants down to his knees and his hand under the keyboard Quietly, with amusement, told him his behavior he was inappropriate Took him a moment, but he pulled up his trousers and departed.The meth fueled hunting knife waving man shouting into the library s lobby public telephone, ranting at someone in the district attorney s office, while mothers were bringing children to storytime After police subdued him, the puddle of urine on the floor The library s first public use Internet computer had a defective mouse When the staff first started using it, we learned to shake the mouse to get its ball to engage Soon thereafter, when we had multiple workstations, someone starting stealing the mice balls When our first patron to use the computer sat before the monitor, with three employees looking over her shoulder, the mouse didn t cooperate, so a staffer said, shake the mouse To our dismay, and the lady s delight, the screen revealed an erotic threesome When the younger staff lady placed her widespread hands over the screen, the patron pulled them away, saying let me see, let me see .Free Epub ☼ Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library ♱ Not Long Ago, The Public Library Was A Place For The Bookish, The Eggheaded, And The Studious Often Seeking Refuge From A Loud, Irrational, Crude, Outside World Today, Libraries Have Become Free For All Entertainment Complexes Filled With Rowdy Teens, Deviants, Drugs, And Even Sex Toys Lockdowns And Chaperones Are Often Necessary What Happened Don Borchert Was A Short Order Cook, Door To Door Salesman, Telemarketer, And Christmas Tree Chopper Before Landing A Job In A California Library He Never Could Have Predicted His Encounters With The Colorful Kooks, Touching Adolescents, Threatening Bullies, And Tricksters Who Fill The Pages Of This Hilarious Memoir Borchert Offers Readers A Ringside Seat For The Unlikely Spectacle Of Mayhem And Absurdity That Is Business As Usual At The Public Library Cops Bust Drug Dealers Who Ve Set Up Shop In The Men S Restroom, A Burka Wearing Employee Suffers A Curse Ridden Nervous Breakdown, And A Lonely, Neglected Kid Who Grew Up In The Library And Still Sends Postcards To His Surrogate Parents The Librarians In Fact, From The First Page Of This Comic Debut To The Last, You Ll Learn Everything About The World Of The Modern Day Library That You Never Expected Librarians and library workers will find no surprises in this book other than a satisfaction that they are not alone Library users on the other hand may be alternately fascinated, repelled, and touched by the stories that Mr Borchert relates, as he delves into the kind of things that really go on in public libraries. In my experience, any time you put a bunch of library staff in a room together, no matter what the purpose meeting, holiday party, professional conference, anything eventually the conversation will turn towards weird patron stories This book reads like a compendium of one library worker s entire career s worth of weird patron stories the really hilarious, really unbelievable stuff that gets framed into biting yet quasi treasured anecdotes and then passed around to others to blow off steam and unite the teller and listeners in a sense of solidarity and purpose The purpose is, of course, to look past the nonsense and continue to serve the public to the best of our ability As an information professional, reading the author s memories gave me an immediate sense of kinship If you re already a part of Library World, you could get a kick out of this book If you re not, and you want an authentic glimpse of that world, you ll feel like you know it as soon as you start flipping pages in this quick, enjoyable memoir. In the mid sized city where I live, we have 4 or 5 city libraries, 2 branch libraries that are partly school libraries and partly city libraries This is nearly the scenario described in this memior, Free for All In the memior, the branch library is in walking distance from 2 public schools Some of the same structuring of services of the 2 libraries here include quiet study areas, areas off limits to students who can get rowdy, and community programs So I got a better insight to a couple of our libraries here.Don Borchert writes in an easy, humorous style The patrons and employees are treated respectfully The expected humor to the end of the memior hits just the right note A well written memior about a topic I don the always think about I appreciate the service, and I appreciate the librarians, but I never think to thank them..And now I will think of how.