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The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!



So even though I've been on the SA forums for some time now, I just came across this thread.

I've worked at my local library for over 20 years, first as a page, then as a circulation clerk. My library is in a affluent neighborhood in upstate NY, and our budget is tied to the school district which no one wants to touch so we're fairly well funded.

We've been riding out COVID pretty well, mainly doing curbside pickup. We did have a limited opening in the late summer / early fall (30 people at a time, had to wear masks, could only stay for 30 minutes, browsing and checkouts only) however an up-spike in COVID numbers in our area in November caused us to revert back to curbside only.

As a side effect of the COVID, people have been clearing out old books and trying to "donate" them to the library, To be fair, most people call ahead to see if we want their books, but some just drop them in our book drops.

To give you an idea, here's a photo from 2017. Note that a lot of these books were outdated, and all of them were moldy.


A more recent donation from 2020.

Just what the library is looking for, encyclopedias that are over 20 years old.

The_Other fucked around with this message at 19:56 on Feb 18, 2021

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The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!



Here are some more brief donation tales:

Occasionally we get stuff from the Church of Scientology. Once we got a box of books from Bridge Publications, who "publish the non-fiction works of L. Ron Hubbard", which ended up going to the recycling center. We also used to get sent copies of their magazine Freedom, although with how erratically it gets published I rarely see it anymore.

Another time our former head of reference went over to a man's house because he wanted to "donate" a collection of books. Not only were the books in poor condition and not of use to the library, but he also asked "how much will you give me for them?". Needless to say she didn't take them.

Finally the strangest donation happened one Saturday before the Superbowl. A man donated two cases of Miller Lite.

The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!



Re: The Scientology stuff. Most of what they donated wasn't related to Scientology directly. IIRC it was Hubbard's other "non-fiction" writings, it actually looked like those old Time-Life encyclopedia style book series. The revision to the Scientology doctrine Fleta Mcgurn is talking about were mostly for the high level "Operating Thetan" (or OT) courses, that cost anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million dollars and can only be taken at certain locations, one if which is the ship Freewinds. There mainly doing that to get more money from their wealthier members, Chick Corea, for example, had to redo OT8 back in 2016. Incidentally if you are interesting in Scientology reporting check out the website I linked, The Underground Bunker, the author, Tony Ortega has been reporting on Scientology for decades.


JacquelineDempsey posted:

Anyone ever get porn donated to the library, either deliberately or on accident?

Never got porn directly donated to us, but one time someone did leave a hentai VHS in our book swap bin.

The_Other fucked around with this message at 18:24 on Mar 9, 2021

The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!



So at my library today, during the shift before mine, a woman somehow got her hand stuck in our book drop. The morning crew were able to get her out but she lost two diamonds off the ring she was wearing.

The_Other
Dec 28, 2012

MOTHER-HECKING FLIP YEAH!



My Lovely Horse posted:

Oh yeah the style guide I have, I've read it up and down. I even looked up how to use a grid in graphics design. Well, I found out that you do.

they really don't, I covered the doors in announcements that the library is closed due to both coronavirus and construction work and we get 1-2 folks a day on average who completely fail to realize. Although, special shoutout to the dude who walked in today and spent merry hours browsing the stacks before we spotted him. Please note that he had to have walked through the construction site to get in, which is currently an empty concrete shell.

Once we had a fire at my library and the firefighters had to stop people from trying to get in.

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