This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.
Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.
Today, I’m pumped I finally get to welcome in Rita Meade, as we played e-mail tag for several weeks trying to set this up. Rita lives and works as a children’s librarian in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also writes for Book Riot, reviews for School Library Journal, and blogs about the more amusing parts of her job at ScrewyDecimal.com. Also, bourbon. (Her words, not mine; I’m more of a Scotch man myself.)
You may recognize her from my Internet Win of the Day Summer Madness Tournament of Champions I, where she is the six seed. And if you’re a resident of the Twitterverse, you can find her there with one of the best handles around: @ScrewyDecimal.
Here, I wanted the dirt on what happens in between the shushings:
What are the three most bizarre things you’ve heard at the reference desk in the last month or so?
1) “A giraffe’s tail is longer than a person. Giraffes are shorter than a book. Giraffes can kick a lion.”
2) “You’re smarter when you’re young, because you have nothing else in your brain. When you get older you start thinking like ‘oh my god that girl’s so pretty i have to look like her’ and you forget everything else.”
3) “I wonder if I can train myself to be more quiet.”
Rita tells me these three came out of the mouths of three different kids. And actually, knowing it wasn’t all the same person, and that they were all children, is pretty reassuring. That said, I am a little concerned about Contestant No. 1.
Huge thanks to Rita for stopping by this week and, more generally, for braving the many odd on-the-job encounters that are inevitable in her line of work so that kids can have access to books. As far as I’m concerned, that makes her some sort of superhero.