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I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks | Gina Sheridan
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Straight from the library--the strange and bizarre, ready to be checked out! From a patron's missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, I Work at a Public Library showcases the oddities that have come across Gina Sheridan's circulation desk. Throughout these pages, she catalogs her encounters with local eccentrics as well as the questions that plague her, such as, "What is the standard length of eyebrow hairs?" Whether she's helping someone scan his face onto an online dating site or explaining why the library doesn't have any dragon autobiographies, Sheridan's bizarre tales prove that she's truly seen it all. Stacked high with hundreds of strange-but-true stories, I Work at a Public Library celebrates librarians and the unforgettable patrons that roam the stacks every day.
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hike.read.repeat
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Yesterday was a fun work day. I love spending other people‘s money. 💅🏽

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NHLibrarian
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My job has been very stressful on a personal level lately and today my brain has just given up and gone on autopilot. Which led to this telephone conversation:
Patron: I‘m just calling to confirm that you‘ll be open Saturday.
Me: We should be.
Patron: What would cause you to be closed?
Me: Snow.
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(Pic is my library.)

TrishB Made me smile 😁 2w
Samplergal Beautiful library. 2w
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 2w
Suet624 That‘s hysterical. 2w
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NHLibrarian
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Today I went digging around in the old files to see if I could find our Trustee bylaws. Instead, I found this amazing list of all the Trustees since 1897! The longest term served was 33 years.

Crazeedi That is very cool!! 1mo
NHLibrarian @Crazeedi It made my day. There was also circulation and librarian pay data going back to 1916! 1mo
Crazeedi @NHLibrarian that's so great to have those records! 1mo
Suet624 I used to work in the City Clerks Office and loved scavenging. What fun for you. 4w
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Bakingbookworm
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Panpan

2 ⭐️ - As a Library Assistant, I figured this book would be a good fit for me. There‘s lots of outrageous things that happen in a public library (you have no idea) but this book didn‘t come close to capturing the experiences I‘ve had or witnessed. It was cute but not nearly as funny as I had expected.

My review: http://bit.ly/2Yomoq1

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MrBook
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This...has actually happened to me in a slightly different way! 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyLovesLibraries #LitsyHumor

annahenke There is a version of this for those of us who have worked as booksellers. I used to be the one everyone sent the “it had a blue cover” questions to. Those were the days. Sigh. 4mo
PatienceFortitude It happened today! 4mo
Leftcoastzen 😂 4mo
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RadicalReader @MrBook do tell what happened in your scenario 4mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻😂 4mo
Branwen Omg... 🤣😂 4mo
MrBook @RadicalReader Well, we have express computers and regular computers. The difference is that express is good for only 30 minutes and we don‘t extend time, whereas patrons can stay on regular computers for 90 minutes and renew their time indefinitely as long as no one‘s waiting for a computer. I explained this to a patron who refused to believe me when none of the express computers were open but quite a few regulars were available. He... 4mo
MrBook @RadicalReader ...insisted on waiting for an express because it was less time. 😳🙈🤦🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️😆 4mo
MrBook @PatienceFortitude You too?! 😂👏🏻🙌🏻🍻 @annahenke I‘m that person now. 😎😆🍻 4mo
RadicalReader @MrBook that‘s wonderful that your library has such wonderful limits on computer usage. The computers here allow only 60 mins 4mo
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Gnora
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Day One: My Library

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library." - Albert Einstein

#library30 #librarymonth #Litsyloveslibraries

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Gnora
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In honor of #librarymonth I'll be completing the #library30 challenge. 🤓📚

Librarybelle What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing, and I may have to do this too! 5mo
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Abe
Pickpick

Great read about what happens in a public library! Be sure to check out the section on children‘s happenings!

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Mowen036
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Pickpick

What‘s really crazy is that some of the stories in this book. I‘ve seen or heard or it‘s happened to myself.

TurtleLibrarian Oh yeah, this book hits the nail on the head for what it's like to work in a library 5mo
hermyknee My friend just finished up her MLIS degree program, so maybe I should get this for her graduation gift! 5mo
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Airykah13
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Gift from a friend 😂😂. There‘s never a dull moment at a public library. #24in48

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sk888888
Pickpick

Short, cute, no real “laugh out loud” moments, but I did enjoy this book. Plus, who doesn‘t love Librarians?

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Gina
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Chrissyreadit ❤️💕libraries💕❤️ 8mo
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thebookishtype15
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Fairly new librarian and still in library school and my husband gives me this mug! Love it! Contrary to many beliefs of the "shhhing" librarian most of the time we encourage soft speaking patrons and in the teen and childrens departments rarely have the quiet rule. Just dont be obnoxiously loud.

I Work at a Public Library is hilarious and so true!

#librarianlife #library #libraian #teenlibrarian #adultlibrarian #mug #workmug

Lauram Welcome to Litsy! I just wanted to give your Litfluence a boost. 😃 8mo
thebookishtype15 Thank you! :) 8mo
Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
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BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 8mo
HOTPock3tt Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 📚 @thebookishtype15 8mo
thebookishtype15 Thank you!! 🤗😁 8mo
Atticus6905 Welcome to Litsy!!😃📗📘📙📖 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖 8mo
Jovy Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
thebookishtype15 Thank you!!! 😁😁❤ 8mo
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Abe
Pickpick

Great read with stories from a public library!

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Gina
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♡ing the new "one-click request" my library recently implemented. Truly, it is the small things that make my life sing a song.

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pppooraikul
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Yay! One more public library down. I‘m impressed with the collection and, of course, the tree house! 😍

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NHLibrarian
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I‘m waiting for my car to be inspected/repaired, so I‘m working on my book order at a cafe.

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Gnora
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Working in a public library means sometimes you get piles of new books taller than you are! 🤓📚 #NewStuffDay #LitsyLovesLibraries #LibrarianInTraining

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Gnora
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Nothing like a pile of new books to make the afternoon at the library great! 😍✨ #BookDropLife #LitsyLovesLibraries

EvieBee Ooh, I‘m on hold for this one! Number one but it‘s still in processing. 1y
SledgeReader @Gnora Awesome stack! Amazing library! #librariesrock 1y
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MrBook
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This actually happened to a colleague! 😂👏🏻 #LitsyLovesLibraries #LitsyHumor

Leftcoastzen 🤣 1y
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bell7
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Pickpick

#Librariansoflitsy listen up, because here's a book for you! And for other library workers and lovers, yes, but you'll fully appreciate the humor having had patron interactions like these before. Sheridan tells stories in Dewey Decimal order from computers (004) to strange birds (598) and more. I guarantee you will laugh at most and find the last section heartwarming and remind you just exactly why you became a librarian in the first place.

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bell7
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Any public librarians out there recovering from tax season? We're still getting requests for forms as of yesterday!

RaimeyGallant Have you tried searching #librariansoflitsy? 1y
bell7 @RaimeyGallant I have not - thanks for the tip! 1y
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MrBook
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Something similar to the bottom one has actually happened with me 😆👏🏻. Got a good laugh out of that. 😁 #LitsyLovesLibraries #LitsyHumor

CoffeeNBooks 😆😆😆 1y
DebBates101 Those are so amazingly fantastic 1y
swynn That last makes perfect sense to me. I can't count the number of words I've mispronounced because I had only seen them in print. 1y
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Swe_Eva 😂😂😂 1y
AceOnRoam Earl. Bahahaha. That's so funny. We are in Europe at the moment and topping up our SIM data we asked for 10Gig. What they said? Oh, you mean Jigabytes? Yes please LOL. 1y
Jokila Next time, say *youre the Earl lol 1y
BookBabe 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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hike.read.repeat
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Happy National Library Workers Day to all the library workers in Litsyland! #nlwd18 Where do you work and what‘s your job? #nationallibraryweek

I worked at a public library for 4 yrs as a library asst. But w/ only 4 on staff, I got to do a bit of everything. From IT to ILLs to youth programs.

I‘ve worked at the nation‘s first all digital public library in Outreach Dept. since January. I travel the county and get people signed up for cards.

ReadingSusan I work in a city library and run all adult programming. 1y
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MrBook
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😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyHumor

TheWildCard 😂😂😂😂😂 YES. 1y
knp4597 #stacked IMMEDIATELY 😂🤣 1y
kspenmoll 😂😂😂 1y
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WellReadCatLady
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Cute and short book about working at a public library. Should be writing down my own experiences...

BookaholicNatty I saw this the other day and it looked soooo good! 📚 1y
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TurtleLibrarian
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My co-worker is a display savant! This one is my favorite so far. Our Page was the body template. 😃

#librarianaoflitsy

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MrBook
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To end the day on a higher note with humor: 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #LitsyLovesLibraries #LitsyHumor

Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
tpixie 🤗😊🤣🤪 1y
Mdargusch That‘s how I felt when I checked a book out of the library this month for the first time in 20 years! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
BookBabe 😝 1y
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jamie_in_the_library
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Want to know what we do with all the stuff we find in #library books? We pin them up in the staff area! 🤣

#readingresolutions @Jess7

ReadingSusan That‘s awesome. 1y
JoScho Oh that is fun! 1y
MarriedtoMrT Yup! 🙃 1y
Soubhiville Fun! 1y
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Librarybelle
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#LibrariansofLitsy - help out @BethwithBooks !

She is conducting a survey on American public libraries for her school project and issues of homelessness and drug addiction. Find the survey here:
https://worcester.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dilnfQB6kXSVCwl

Alfoster Very cool!😍 1y
LibrarianJen Awesome! I‘m not in a public library anymore 😕 1y
BethwithBooks Thank you so much!! ❤️ 1y
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jackilynn
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Looks like another night at work spent fixing spine labels 🤓😜

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

I wonder how many Litsy librarians found this relatable. 🤔 For me, it hit the sweet spot between heartwarming and funny. Definitely a quick, enjoyable read! Recommend, especially for readathons when you‘re looking for easy, fun books.

Pictured: one of my fav libraries 😊💜

Tanisha_A Which place is this? 1y
Sarahreadstoomuch Loved this book, and could picture our patrons in some of those scenarios-which is funny or sad, take your pick. I passed it on to a coworker! 1y
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hike.read.repeat
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Happy news: I now work at two public libraries! One is a small town library, and my new job is the nation‘s first 100% digital public library! I work for the outreach dept. My job entails going to events and giving presentations about our resources and getting residents signed up with a card. We have two physical (bookless) branches but all the resources are 100% digital.

This is one of our uniforms shirts. “What are you reading?” en Español.

hermyknee I need that shirt! I love it! 2y
hermyknee Also, congratulations on your new job! How cool! 2y
trazo Congratulations! Love the shirt! 2y
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CrowCAH Congrats; that‘s so exciting!!! 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker Congrats! 🎉 2y
hike.read.repeat @hermyknee @trazo @CrowCAH @That-Bookish-Hiker thank y‘all. 😁 2y
hike.read.repeat @hermyknee it‘s awesome right? I also have the English version. 2y
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xicanti
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Here's another repost from my library. They've been prepping new materials!

MinDea Books come unsleeved and libraries have to put them on? 2y
xicanti @MinDea they take the dust jackets off to reinforce them with brown paper and plastic covers so they don't tear, then tape them onto the books. 2y
MinDea Ahhh. That makes sense! 2y
RebelReader So much work goes into us book nerds getting our fix and we have no idea. The magic just happens on our end! 😜 2y
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WellReadCatLady
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Apparently there is a movie coming out in 2018 about homeless people staying overnight in a public library and a swat team/crazy amount of cops are called in, the librarians must decide what side they will help. As a public library employee I am interested and definitely going to see it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Public_(film) #library

MarriedtoMrT This was shot at my library (well, the Main location. I‘m at one of the branches.) And part of me is not sure I can watch it. 2y
WellReadCatLady @MarriedtoMrT that‘s so cool and must of been so exciting! 2y
emtobiasz @MarriedtoMrT I kind of know what you mean. Just watching the preview for it made my heart ache. 2y
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LibrarianJen
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Nooooooo! A librarians and a users worst nightmare. I need an e-audiobook! I also have to renew a book. Luckily our system doesn‘t really have fines.

Owlizabeth 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
Lacythebookworm Eek! 😬 2y
rustoryhuf Been there, done that too many times to count. Hopefully it will be up and running soon! 2y
LibrarianJen @rustoryhuf I just feel sorry for the librarians. This also means the public computers will be down so everyone will be angry about that. Then all the phone calls they will get because people can‘t access their accounts. I don‘t miss those days at all. 2y
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ericarobynreads
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😂😂

#librarylove

Mdargusch That used to be me. 🤦🏼‍♀️ But not anymore! 2y
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ericarobynreads
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Pickpick

Looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and immediately want to go thank your local librarians? 📖😁

My full review here: http://www.ericarobynreads.com/2017/12/book-review-i-work-at-public-library.html

#librarylove #nonfiction

Reecaspieces It‘s on my list!! Great review 2y
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Gnora
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A sneak peek at daily transit returning home from other branches! #bookdroplife #jobsecurity

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hike.read.repeat
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Good new Littens,

I got my old job back! Well, sort of. I quit in January to go on adventures then back to school in August. Someone just resigned and I got asked back to help on Saturdays. It‘s a small town library and all the patrons that came in today I still remember. 😆 #libraryassistant #librarystaff #publiclibrary #publiclibraries #cpltx

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Chelsea.Poole
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I adore this corner ♥️📕📗📘📙
#librarylove #shelfie

MicheleinPhilly I would hide there all day. 😍 2y
CocoReads 😍😍 2y
mjdowens I would make this corner my new bedroom😂😂 2y
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Gnora
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Litsy meet Lucy! She's the sorter at my new library and she's super cool! 😍🤖#litsyloveslibraries

EchoLogical Wow! 2y
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LibrarianJen
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Went online to put some books on hold and my library card's expired! I guess I know what I'm doing after work today. They did send me a letter but of course I ignored it...

LukkiAnn My library is giving cards for 99 years, basically it's never expired)) 2y
LibrarianJen @LukkiAnn Ours expire every 3 years for full access cards. There are different levels of cards (like out of state residents can get a 2 week card with limited checkouts). All cards are free so it is mostly to ensure that the records are up to date and the current contact info is correct. 2y
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Gnora
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First day at my new library! So excited I can barely contain it! #wishmeluck #herewego #litsyloveslibraries

JoRead Good Luck! 2y
scripturient Good luck!!! :) 2y
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Gnora
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I GOT THE JOB!! New library here I come! Still in a support role while I work on my master's, but still couldn't be more excited! 🎉🍾📚 #librarianintraining

abbsinwonderland Congratulations!!👏👏📚 2y
Gnora Thank you! @abbsinwonderland 💗 2y
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allthembooks
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Day 1 of #riotgrams (a day late here) Shelfie. Alright so, this is actually my bookshelf at my parent's house. (Current living situation, Hubs and I don't really have a decent bookshelf option and most are scattered about in massive teetering piles. Hence the lack of all other "shelfies") Clearly most of these were sorta just thrown on here in no specific order. A slew of super random things ? #shelfie #randomancientbooksonLSD #thriftstorebooks

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DeborahSmall
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@Sarah83 thank you so much!! 😍 I love everything I gasped out loud when I saw the bookmark 😂. And a new bookish Tote!! The book is hilarious, I've read about a quarter of it already, the sweets were lovely although sam ate most of them!! I've put the little button on the tote along with a couple @ScorpioBookDreams sent me. Thank you so much, it really brightened my day xxx❤️💕💐

LeahBergen How wonderful!! 👏🏻👏🏻 I love the tote bag and owl bookmark. 💗 2y
Sarah83 So glad you like everything 😘 2y
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Sarah83
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Pickpick

Definitiv ein Buch, was man lesen sollte. Selbst wenn man wie ich kein Büchereibesucher ist, sind die Geschichten einfach zu schön. 😉

It is definitely a book, who everybody how loves books should read. Even though I don't go to libraries, the stories are very funny and cute. 😉

PoppyDrown Ist es auch interessant für Bibliothekare/ FaMIs? 2y
Sarah83 @PoppyDrown Was ist FaMIs? Ja. Es ist schon interessant. 😉 2y
PoppyDrown Fachangestellte für Medien- und Informationsdienste, früher war das Bibliotheksassistent 2y
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Sarah83 @PoppyDrown Aso. 😉 Ja. Als kleiner Appetithappen ist für zwischendurch ganz gut. 2y
PoppyDrown Dann überlege ich mir das mal 2y
Sarah83 @PoppyDrown Mach das mal. 2y
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Sarah83
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Zum Abend hin noch ein anderes Buch anfangen. Ich brauche mal ein bißchen Abwechslung zu Jane Austen. 😉

On this evening I just start another book. I need to pause Jane Austen. 😉

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BethwithBooks
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Happy Library Workers Day!! And Library Week!! The best week of the year!!