Wednesday, December 6, 2017

[Book Review] I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

Book Review of I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

In the introduction of this book, the author writes: "I Work at a Public Library is for anyone who enjoys the absurdity and humanity of everyday life." This absolutely nails it.

Some stories made me chuckle, some made me cringe. Some were heartwarming, some were infuriating. This book is certainly takes you on a ride!

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan 

From a patron's missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, I Work at a Public Library showcases the oddities that have come across Gina Sheridan's circulation desk. Throughout these pages, she catalogs her encounters with local eccentrics as well as the questions that plague her, such as, "What is the standard length of eyebrow hairs?" Whether she's helping someone scan his face onto an online dating site or explaining why the library doesn't have any dragon autobiographies, Sheridan's bizarre tales prove that she's truly seen it all.

Stacked high with hundreds of strange-but-true stories, I Work at a Public Library celebrates librarians and the unforgettable patrons that roam the stacks every day.

My thoughts:
I first heard about this book when a booktuber was talking it (apologies, I can't remember who it was for the life of me!). My library didn't have it at the time, but I kept checking back. When I saw that it was available last week, I immediately put in a request.

The idea behind this book began on Tumblr at, which, if you haven't checked out yet, I highly recommend doing so right now! It's so wonderful.

The book is split up into categories such as "Computers", "Reading Interests and Habits", and even "Bullying". The book ends with a section titled "Volumes of Gratitude." What a wonderful way to wrap up the book! I could read this section over and over again.

Many of the stories included made me laugh, but the vast majority made me cringe a bit. Here are a few of my favorites:

My final thoughts:
There were a couple of slight things that made me cut the fifth tea cup, but overall I really enjoyed this book! I would recommend this to any reader, but especially readers that love their local library.

Thanks for reading!
Do you have a favorite book that is about a library? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.


  1. Looks fabulous!!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  2. I totally agree with the woman who wants to give everyone a bookmark! Some people don't treat library books very well - I don't know how many books I've taken out that have coffee stains all over them!

    1. Right?! Me too! It drives me crazy when people treat library books badly. My worst one was a book that had food ALL THROUGH IT. So gross!

  3. This sounds hilarious! At first I wondered, just how funny can this book be? hmmm, was't convinced, until now. I love this!!

    I do also agree with the woman who mentioned giving away bookmarks - no one should turn down the corners of the page.... lol

  4. This sounds so much fun and I can't imagine the things in it. I'm going to have to check it out. I know there are two books centered around stupid things people say in book stores that I've always wanted to read as well.

    1. Definitely!! I can't wait to see what you think once you get your hands on it! :)