Duties of a Children’s Librarian from A-Z


Librarianship is not all about reading books and shushing people. At least not anymore. As I have discovered over the course of several decades of library work, the patrons we serve expect a lot from us, some expectations more reasonable than others. For those of you of the non-library persuasion, I present to you for … Continue reading Duties of a Children’s Librarian from A-Z

Lyle the Bus Driver and the Duck Call


My companions and I were having a grand old time. That is, until our coach bus unexpectedly pulled over and Lyle started yelling. And you’ll never guess who it was that set him off… It was early in the summer of 1996. I had completed my junior year of high school and had eagerly signed … Continue reading Lyle the Bus Driver and the Duck Call

The Epic Defenders: The Day After


“And just so you know,” Clash said, turning to Van Troes, “the glass we put in is reinforced and bullet-proof.” “Oh, that’s…” began Van Troes. “Deadshot,” Clash cut in, looking over Van Troes’ shoulder, “give him a demonstration.” “No, really…” Van Troes stammered, turning to Deadshot and holding his hands up, “that’s not neces-WAAH!” The businessman ducked as the assassin pulled out two guns and began to fire at the windows. As promised, the glass remained intact, the spent bullets plunking to the floor. “Not a scratch,” Deadshot grinned wryly as she slipped her guns back into their holsters. “Wha—” Van Troes blurted, still on floor. “While you’re down there, Mr. Van Troes,” continued Corporal Clash as if nothing unusual had happened, “you might notice that the new carpeting is made of a high tech blend of fibers that renders it completely flame resistant.” Van Troes heard an ominous clicking sound coming from Mighty Man. He looked up to see the mechanized man pointing downward with what appeared to be a flame thrower mounted on one of his arms. “NO!” screamed Van Troes.

League of Unknown Presidents, Part Three


Hayes: Has anyone seen President Van Buren lately? He used to come to these meetings all the time. Harrison: He had told me that he was feeling a bit over-committed. After all, he’s pretty active in the Forgotten Vice-Presidents group and the One-Term Wonders Club. I think he’s also planning to start a group for presidents who speak Dutch. But as he is the only one qualified, I can’t see how that can go anywhere.