I do not know about you, but I wanna be liked by everybody. Well, sometimes. Okay, I am lying. I have plenty of friends that do not ask me to do everything for them. The way I feel about being liked by the people I serve is kinda like the way I feel about hitchhiking. It could be fun and rewarding as a person, but also dangerous and I could end up in a bath tub in New Orleans wondering how many kidneys I am supposed to have. However, if you do want to be liked by the patrons, here's a few tips:
3. Recommend books. This especially works if you know they already like/have read the books. Then it seems like you are right on the same page with them. Remember to smile because even if you personally despise the book so much that uttering its very title is like eating rancid jalapeños dipped in kerosene, they love it and now so do you. If you cannot withhold your distaste, channel it into back handed complements, such as "That's the best book I have read since that last one I hated." To keep in time with that, continue recommending other books, hopefully in the same series. When comparing, use the phrase "only with more" as much as you can, such as "True Blood is like Twilight, only with more vampires!"
5. Talk to them. Now, I do not mean really get into genuine debates or conversations with them. Get into debates where you both agree about the same thing. That will give them a superior feeling because someone surrounded with books feels like they do. The best way to do this is to pick safe topics, let them give their point of view, then expound on their point of view with a question, i.e. "I know, babys are cute, but are they also cuddly and smell good?" Conversations can be done the same way. Just shake your head knowingly when they stop talking.
7. High-Five them. Seriously, it brings a smile to everyone's face.