I was reflecting over the many hats I have worn in my lifetime when this former occupation came to mind. Believe it or not, I was once a librarian. I worked five years as one. I enjoyed it for you got to order and read tons of books you may like.
You got a first shot at exciting newspapers and magazine articles and new stories before they hit the public. Yes, libraries often have the original copy of a story. I think this practice was started years ago predating the internet and copy machines.
You got to see famous people’s actual signatures and often times if still living you got to meet them in person. You would surprised at who visit and give presentations at libraries: Authors, writers, politicians, actresses, actors, play writers, musicians, dancers and many more visit them for an audience. I got to meet lots of famous people. Another perk was getting free tickets to musicals, operas and plays like, “The Phantom of the Opera” “The Lion King, “Cats” and many more. You got the ticket to go and write a view of the show.
The library I worked at had numerous famed works and famous books signed by many famous people. Including Ethan Allen Poe.
Another thing I liked…you got to see so many different types of books. So many different types of formations, styles and designs. Some of the most beautiful books I have ever seen were handwritten and binded. The place was huge and built in the early 19th century so you can image there was a lot of echoing going on.
As with any job there are going to be parts you don’t like. What I didn’t like was typing the microfilms, photocopying old dusty articles and such. I didn’t like re-shelving books. But the good thing about that was you didn’t have to work the front desk where everyone was asking a billion questions. You could hide among the rows and rows of books and read or do your homework. Of course, until your boss came looking for you. That’s when you pretend you wasn’t reading the book but shelving it. LOL!
I didn’t like having to look for a book a lazy visitors who didn’t want to make the effort to look for what they needed.
All together, it was wonderful experience. An experience I wish all young people should have.