Night is a strange time @ the Library.
Nights tend to have a much mellower vibe than days. This allows the reference librarians to spend more time with patrons who require research assistance. It’s always nice to be more one-on-one with people who need help… When they are more or less “normal” people who need help anyway.
Tonight I got stuck with a patron that a colleague refers to as, “Yukon Cornelius.” Yukon is about 80 years old. He wears a large fur hat like they do in Russia so they don’t freeze to death out in the harsh winter air. Another coworker tells me that Yukon has been visiting the library for decades, and that each time he visits he asks the same questions regarding how to carry out mundane tasks, such as how to use the copiers. The curious thing is that Yukon is a published author who has traveled to every continent. He has managed to find his way to Antarctica, but no matter how many times he’s told, he can’t figure out how to make a photocopy on his own. We often joke that he probably boarded the wrong plane, and it just happened to be going to the South Pole…
But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about one of our high school part time workers. About half-way through the night, she told me that some, “creepy Indian guy” in the Library’s financial area has been staring at her while she shelves the new magazines. She said that he doesn’t look away or smile at her, he just stares and stares. She told me that at one point, she couldn’t help it but laugh.
Sadly, this isn’t anything new. We’ve had reports of other men staring at her, and at other female high school students working @ the Library while they’re shelving items. My advice to her was to stay away from the creepy guy. I didn’t expect to hear her talking about this so candidly. Teens never emote so well, and this caught me off guard. Consequently, I didn’t know what else to say. In retrospect, I should have stressed that in no way should she smile at the creepy guy lest he get the wrong impression. This is an awkward thing, since she is sheltered, and naive. She has no clue yet about creepy guys, and about what impression she might be giving to creepy guys by giggling as they stare.
I really need to mention this the next time I see her…