Overdue Notice: Poems from the Library
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Overdue Notice: Poems from the Library

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Libraries may not seem a fertile ground for poetry-even to librarians. Unlike library poet Drake, many in the profession lose sight of the charm and excitement of libraryland in the humdrum of the profession. These poems deal with themes universal to librarians, such as buildings, patrons, books, and friends. Ranging from humorous to acerbic, introspective to whimsical, th...more
Paperback, 115 pages
Published July 20th 1995 by McFarland & Company (first published May 1995)
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Paige Simkins
Of course, I am going to give it a 5 star rating.

P.S. Every Cataloger with an MLS should read Cataloger's Day and post it at their desk.
Mti Librarian
This is really the funniest thing I have read recently. I'm pretty sure it would still be funny if I didn't work in a library. I also enjoyed the job searching and HR poems. Here's an excert from Job Hunting, "She calls old teachers, asks around/ to see what classmates may have found./ They smile and talk of resumes/ and damn each other with faint praise." The poem Bubba Goes to the Library is also very true to what I see at work regularly.

This book was published in 1995; I wouldn't call it outd...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Feb 23, 2012 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love libraries
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: serendipity
Shelves: poetry, cover-missing
Okay, so it's very very niche. Four stars may be excessive. But it made me smile and get sentimentally teary a couple of times.
At times funny, thoughtful, beautiful, these poems capture the essence of libraries, librarians, and patrons.
Charming, witty, unpretentious poems, serious and humorous, on all aspects of working in a library.
Every librarian should read this collection of poems.
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“She owned the road
as an elephant owns the veldt
and like a big blue elephant
moved with massive grace
and dignity.”
“The most important thing of all
was not the poverty
of its essence,
but that it was there.”
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