Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. He’s also the patron saint of Librarians and Archivists. So say a prayer for your local librarian today.
I wanted to pass on something very important about your public librarian. HE WANTS TO HELP YOU. This shouldn’t be a revolutionary statement, but apparently, some people are afraid to ask for help.
Whenever I recommend consulting the public librarian in internet forums, people react with disbelief. “Well, sure, that’s fine if you’re really good friends with the children’s librarian, but who will help me find excellent books about the Civil War?”
Librarians don’t get paid a lot. Their benefits aren’t particularly great. They took the job because they love recommending books to patrons and want to help people find the information they need. Chances are, if you’re looking for information on a unit like “Middle Ages” or “Civil War,” they won’t even need to look for books for you – they actually spend some of their time compiling lists of good resources on popular topics.
So, ask you librarian for help. She’s not like the lady down at City Hall who seems to exist to give people the runaround or like the cranky teen at the fast food place who resents you for interrupting her texting so you can order some fries. Your librarian wants to help. All you have to do is ask.