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Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library (2007)

de Don Borchert

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Not long ago, the public library was a place for the bookish, the eggheaded, and the studious—often seeking refuge from a loud, irrational, crude, outside world. Today, libraries have become free-for-all entertainment complexes filled with rowdy teens, deviants, drugs, and even sex toys. Lockdowns and chaperones are often necessary. What happened? Don Borchert was a short-order cook, door-to-door salesman, telemarketer, and Christmas-tree-chopper before landing a job in a California library. He never could have predicted his encounters with the colorful kooks, touching adolescents, threatening bullies, and tricksters who fill the pages of this hilarious memoir. InFree for All, Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. You’ll see cops bust drug dealers who’ve set up shop in the men’s restroom, witness a burka-wearing employee suffer a curse-ridden nervous breakdown, and meet a lonely, neglected kid who grew up in the library and still sends postcards to his surrogate parents—the librarians.  In fact, from the first page of this comic debut to the last, you’ll learn everything about the world of the modern-day library that you never expected.… (mais)
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This is one of those exactly my experience type books. I especially identified with the MMM (makes me mad) chapter. I've met exactly those types who have a glitter in their eye when they are about to kick off with me as their chosen target. ( )
  jennifergeran | Dec 23, 2023 |
Adult Nonfiction. One (assistant) librarian's account of all the crazy stuff that goes on inside libraries, except only some of it is actually interesting. For people that actually do work in libraries, this book can sometimes seem relatively tame, but there are other parts that do live up to expectations. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
A pretty good book on what happens in our public libraries. Some moments are moving, and others are pretty funny. Public librarians today do everything from promoting reading to serving as social workers. I am a librarian, and I still find amazing the self-entitlement some clients bring to libraries, as if they could never do any wrong even when they are bold-face lying. That librarians manage to remain professional in the face of some people, to put it mildy, is simply amazing and proof that librarians and library workers are not valued enough given what we ask of them. Overall, a pretty good book about libraries today. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
If you'd like a collection of anecdotes about the weird, crazy, and horrible in the library, then this could be for you. I made the mistake of expecting a well-rounded look into what it's like to be a librarian. ( )
  alyssajp | Jul 29, 2019 |
Funny book! And as a library employee - I can relate to several patrons and situation in this book, which makes it all the funnier. ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
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Not long ago, the public library was a place for the bookish, the eggheaded, and the studious—often seeking refuge from a loud, irrational, crude, outside world. Today, libraries have become free-for-all entertainment complexes filled with rowdy teens, deviants, drugs, and even sex toys. Lockdowns and chaperones are often necessary. What happened? Don Borchert was a short-order cook, door-to-door salesman, telemarketer, and Christmas-tree-chopper before landing a job in a California library. He never could have predicted his encounters with the colorful kooks, touching adolescents, threatening bullies, and tricksters who fill the pages of this hilarious memoir. InFree for All, Borchert offers readers a ringside seat for the unlikely spectacle of mayhem and absurdity that is business as usual at the public library. You’ll see cops bust drug dealers who’ve set up shop in the men’s restroom, witness a burka-wearing employee suffer a curse-ridden nervous breakdown, and meet a lonely, neglected kid who grew up in the library and still sends postcards to his surrogate parents—the librarians.  In fact, from the first page of this comic debut to the last, you’ll learn everything about the world of the modern-day library that you never expected.

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