Tonight while we were out and about after dinner, I wanted to stop by the library. I had requested a book yesterday morning online, and since it is at my local branch, I figured it would probably be waiting for me. Run in, grab the book and run out- 2 minutes tops.
I walked in the library and over to where the "held" books are kept. There weren't any bookmarks with my last name on it. I walked over to the Young Adult section and didn't see the book, so I walked over to the children's section. (The book is "Moon Over Manifest" and is a Newberry winner. I figured it had to be in one of those two sections.) Still didn't see it. So I walked up to the front counter and waited patiently in line.
The girl in front of me I think was attempting to check out about a quarter of the children's section of our library. (My local library isn't terribly large, or even medium-sized one.) There were three large stacks of books to be scanned. I could actually hear the shrieks coming from my minivan inside the building. Ryan was watching them- they probably weren't maiming each other. Or were they? But the librarian must have noticed my impatience, because she called over another librarian to help me.
I walked up to the counter and asked which section my book would be. He looked it up and declared it was the children's section which was, "Over there." I walked back and tried valiantly to find the book. I think I know my alphabet; why couldn't I find the darn book?
I walked back up to the counter to say that I must be blind or impaired in some way, but before I could say anything, I saw my book waiting for me on the front counter, complete with the last name bookmark.
So I picked it up and handed it to the first librarian. "I wondered why I didn't see it over there," I told her.
"It seems funny Thomas didn't say that he had pulled it already for you."
Indeed. Or that he just silently left it there up front while I stupidly tried looking for it for another 2 minutes. Since it had to have been pulled recently since it wasn't waiting with the other "held" books.