While working on the youth desk at a public library, I get a lot of interesting reference questions. Here are some of my favorites!
Patron: Hello, we are looking for a DVD. *nudges daughter to tell me the DVD name*
Patron’s Daughter: I think it’s called America-less.
Me: Hmmm…let me take a look. *finds nothing*
Me: And it’s called America-less?
Patron’s Daughter: I think so.
Me: Can you tell me anything about it?
Patron’s Daughter: Well, I could, but I don’t want that one, I want a different one.
Me: Oh, it’s a TV show? If you tell me about the one that you already saw, it will help me find the one that you are looking for now.
Patron’s Daughter: Well, it’s about a girl who is going to school and she is a secret superhero.
Me: Cool! Is it about real people or is it animated?
Patron’s Daughter: What’s animated?
Me: It’s like a cartoon.
Patron’s Daughter: It’s a cartoon.
Me: Is it DC Super Hero Girls?
Patron’s Daughter: No.
Me: Can you tell me about what her superhero costume looked like?
Patron’s Daughter: It was red and black like a ladybug.
Me: Oh! Is it Miraculous?
Patron’s Daughter: YES! I can never remember how to say that word.
Patron: We are looking for another book. It’s about a purple unicorn.
Patron’s Daughter: No, it’s not a purple unicorn. It’s a unicorn, and the cover is purple.
Me: Oh, is it Heavenly Nostrils?
Me: The name of the book is Phoebe and Her Unicorn. The unicorn’s name is Heavenly Nostrils.