I'd seen it from the road and it looked pretty freaking cute... very one-room-schoolhouse-esque, but in the form of a library. So a couple of weeks ago, my brilliant, genius four year old (did I mention he reads) and I, went for a big excursion to check it out. And check out we did, we checked out so much stuff-- I could not believe they were actually letting us take it all home with us... they don't even know us, and what we're capable of.
So we went home with our free rentals (okay, I know they call it loaning) of three DVD's- Alice In Wonderland, Dumbo, and a Dr. Seuss movie. Yes, don't worry, we got actual books too.
I thought the DVD's were due back after one week-- of course we were a week late on that, and I was mentally prepared for my late fees which I guesstimated at around $20 for the DVD trio. But when I went to pay my fees---they were $.90-- yes 90 cents!!! Huh?
Not sure if they just weren't all overdue, or if the late fees are just really, really cheap? I even told the library lady I thought it was going to be more. As a side note, I'm not sure if I should be calling her the "librarian" or the "library lady" because she made it clear she was "just a casual" (that's Australian for casual worker, which I basically interpret as a part time worker with less commitment on both employee and employer sides-- but that's a topic in itself for another posting).
On second thought, let me give library lady the respect she truly deserves... from this point on she is to be known only as "best librarian ever", because she truly was one of the most helpful people I have met in Australia. I think she was genuinely happy to be recommending books for us... and then she gave me the most important information-- she told me that if we wanted to extend our due dates, we can do it online-- even for the toys.
And I was like-- "doh!-- did you just say toys?"
And best librarian ever was like-- "Oh yes, we have a wonderful toy cupboard."
And I was like-- "Bring me there, oh best librarian ever-- I do like libraries, I do, yippie."
She then advised me that it's a liability to let people into the toy cupboard (yep, I'm still wondering what that meant)... but she proceeded to whip out two large photo albums, which she referred to as the "toy catalogs". Omigod, she really was serious-- and I was seriously in awe.
Today's load from the library blows away what I got a couple weeks ago, and I had been really, really happy about that one. Here's the toys I scored at the library today:
And here are the toys on loan to us for the next fews weeks-- unless we do renewals, then it could actually be months!
Yes-- we got an abacus, a pirate ship with all the accessories, a Little Tikes shopping trolley (that's Australian for grocery cart), and a nice wooden puzzle.
I know, I can't believe it either!
So I end this post with some questions:
Do all Australian libraries have toys you can check out?
Do American libraries have toys?
Do you need certain qualifications to be considered a real librarian?
Why haven't I gone to a library in about 20 years?
Do you library?