Well, we all know how libraries are going away.
Clearly he hadn't been to aforementioned local public library. Every book I wanted to check out recently was already checked out. I am now a master at making requests.
At any rate, I didn't actually have time to address this [practically] stranger's comment. I've made that mistake in the past, quickly correcting people for their stereotypes of libraries and librarians. Probably not the best way to make new friends, which [whom?] I'm pretty desperate for these days. So, I kept my mouth shut at the time.
But once again, I was so surprised by such an off-hand comment. I don't know why these comments continue to surprise me. Or rub me the wrong way. You'd think by now I would just accept that people think libraries are disappearing and librarians only like to read. But I just can't.
Because the very reasons I believe libraries and librarians are not disappearing are the very reasons I get excited about libraries:
These things might not be what most people think of when they think of libraries. But we librarians know the truth. ;-) A library is more than a house of books. At the very least that's only part of the description.
And the main things I continue to learn from these types of conversations: patience toward others and not to make assumptions. I won't make assumptions about your career, if you don't make assumptions about mine. Deal?