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Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library (original 2007; edição 2007)

por Don Borchert

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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. InFree for All, Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. You’ll see cops bust drug dealers who’ve set up shop in the men’s restroom, witness a burka-wearing employee suffer a curse-ridden nervous breakdown, and meet 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.… (mais)
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Título:Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
Autores:Don Borchert
Informação:Virgin Books (2007), Hardcover, 240 pages
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A pretty good book on what happens in our public libraries. Some moments are moving, and others are pretty funny. Public librarians today do everything from promoting reading to serving as social workers. I am a librarian, and I still find amazing the self-entitlement some clients bring to libraries, as if they could never do any wrong even when they are bold-face lying. That librarians manage to remain professional in the face of some people, to put it mildy, is simply amazing and proof that librarians and library workers are not valued enough given what we ask of them. Overall, a pretty good book about libraries today. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
If you'd like a collection of anecdotes about the weird, crazy, and horrible in the library, then this could be for you. I made the mistake of expecting a well-rounded look into what it's like to be a librarian. ( )
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
Funny book! And as a library employee - I can relate to several patrons and situation in this book, which makes it all the funnier. ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
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 is more like 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.... ( )
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
Ever wonder what it's like to work in a big city branch library? Well look no further than this short memoir by Don Borchert. He writes about all of his up and down experiences of being Branch Assistant in a California Library. He started out taking small time jobs before landing his job in the Branch. Here he learns that libraries are where anybody and everybody comes to hang out, talk, network, or even to cause trouble. He experiences everything from the noisy school kids to angry/disgruntled patrons, from when to give-in on things and when to stand ground, and even a few run-ins with the cops. If you are looking for a good laugh, a short memoir, or insight into the workings of a library give this book a try!


Heather B. / Marathon County Public Library
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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
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To Sally and Andrea and Beth and Rosie, and to my dad.

To Bob and Donna Perkins.

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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. InFree for All, Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. You’ll see cops bust drug dealers who’ve set up shop in the men’s restroom, witness a burka-wearing employee suffer a curse-ridden nervous breakdown, and meet 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.

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