Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Secret Library

Youngest wanted to read The Secrets of Droon series from start to finish; alas, the public library was out of the first books, so we did what any library-card-carrying American does and requested them. I got the notification they were in via email two days later.

Wanting to surprise him, I went to the library to check the books out for him while he was in school. Alas (again), I had neglected to bring his library card with me so I couldn't check them out with mine at the auto checkout. I had to take the books to the library desk to check them out.

"I'm sorry," the library drone said. "Only your son can check them out."

"I don't have his card," I explained. "Can I just check them out with mine?"

"No, ma'am," he said. "You have to have his card or him or the notification with you."

"Can I just show you my C-section scar to prove he's mine?"

"I'm sorry. There are privacy issues."

Tell me, powers-that-be [powers-who-be?], what "privacy" is an 8-year-old boy entitled to? Or is this a question to ask not of library powers but of the feds?

I'm sure I signed a piece of paper stating I understood that I was giving him permission to have his very own card and he could check out whatever he wanted and I had no say in the matter. I get that. But just let me check the freakin' books out myself, 'k?


Tara R. said...

That all does seem a bit over done. What exactly were these privacy issues she spoke of?

Coma Girl said...

I can't believe she didn't take you up on the offer to see your c-section scar!

Librarys love to throw their "very important" rules around. It's silly.

Magpie said...

Gah. I know! My husband once tried to pick up a book for me; not allowed, must have card of card holder/book requester. Why?

Patois42 said...

I understand that libraries, as a whole, have resisted the attempts of the feds to find out who checks out what books. I'm guessing this is infamous Reagan trickle-down theories of stupid ass rules being applied.

For the record, the library drone was a young male. Perhaps hot women with C-section scars are not a turn on. Yet.

Patois42 said...

Tara, apparently, the requestor is the only one who can check out the books. My feeble attempts to check out the books with my card were futile. It had to be his card. And, since I didn't have his card or him with me, they couldn't access his account.

Beck said...

OH, geez. That's pretty frustrating. And meanwhile, my small town librarian hangs books she think my kid might like on the front door, having taken the liberty of signing them out herself. Ha!

Patois42 said...

So can I say, "Let's hear it for small town librarians!"?


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