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Library assistant fired for scandalous tell-all

I just read a depressing article in the Chicago Tribune about a young library assistant in the Lake Michigan area kicked to the curb after she published a humorous fictional memoir about working in one of the area’s libraries.

Seems Sally Stern-Hamilton’s The Library Diaries were just too scandalous for the small rural community what with her musing about all the daffy people who patronized the library she worked in.

Stern-Hamilton, who wrote the book under the pen name Ann Miketa, tells readers of encountering “strains and variations of crazy I didn’t know existed in such significant portions of our population”.

The book’s publishers promise you’ll meet:

(T)he naked patron, the greedy, unenlightened patrons, destination hell, the masturbator, horny old men, Mr. Three Hats, and a menagerie of other characters you never dreamt were housed at your public library.

While the book doesn’t name the library the author worked in, its photo collage cover includes a small picture of it. Library officials chided the author for describing its patrons in such great detail they became identifiable. (What are writers supposed to do?) The whole thing has the librarian blogosphere – what, you didn’t know there was one? – in a frenzy. Stern-Hamilton is either demonized or canonized depending on the librarian’s sense of humor.

The author calls bullshit on all of it:

The absolute irony is that the public library is a pillar of free speech, and leads me to wonder why the administration is so upset. It’s fiction.

As a former public library employee, I can testify to the nutty patronage. The library where I worked in Florida was filled with stinky men, most likely homeless, who parked their asses on the couches all day. Many of them slept for hours.

However, the worst part of working in any library, as Stern-Hamilton included in her book, are the freaky masturbators. Countless times I caught men fondling themselves in between the stacks of books. Hey, pal, I think literature is exciting, too, but take it away form the card catalog!

Bravo to Stern-Hamilton for exposing the seedy underbelly of the American public library!

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4 thoughts on “Library assistant fired for scandalous tell-all

  1. I am buying her book as well – so much for the bastion of free speech!
    And a librarian just told me this week that her library (which I will NOT name and I do NOT work at) had three masturbators in the span of a month. Reminds me of the interview question I had. I guess the rule is masturbators are fine, you just can’t talk about them.

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  3. The Frustrated Reader on said:

    I’ve read the book. The real joke is on anyone who wastes their money buying the it.

  4. anonymous on said:

    Hey, check out the interview that Ms. Sally Sterns_Hamilton had with a somewhat local TV station.

    She has the nerve to talk about the supposed screwed up patrons…Well to me it looks like she is not far behind them!

    Some of her comments are downright pathetic. It is no wonder she was terminated. And for the record she is not a Librarian. She worked in the Library!

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