Many, many people never see the overflowing bins of returned books. They never see the machinations that happen behind closed doors, the place where librarians and staff do the work. Aptly named the workroom, this hive of activity where order is created and orders are filled will be no more on the last day at the library.
The returns of hundreds and thousands of people go through the circulation workroom. These items are chaos incarnate, the disparaged leavings of the public. Used and abused, the books and DVDs and other items have found their way home. Careful attentions to violent stackings are used to wrangle these items into order on carts where they are shipped to their places. Order is restored in the workroom.
Requests also flow into the library, on paper and on electron backs. A librarian or staff member sorts these in the workroom, too, puts them in some order and fills them. Or doesn't. Not all requests are equal or reasonable. The workroom is a place for this order to be maintained.
The workroom is not important to the public because they do not see it. It has always been important for escape and quiet work, for order in the library. The shelves may be where the patrons roam, but on the last day at the library the place for order is no more.
elcome to the Banned Library, all those coming from the A to Z Challenge! For those of you not familiar or who just don't want to click that link, the A to Z Challenge is a blogging competition between blogger and self to post one entry a day during April based on the letter of the alphabet. Starting April 1st and continuing throughout the month (skipping Sundays), one entry a day will be devoted to this challenge. As the Banned Library often posts several entries a day, we have decided to turn this over to our fiction department. Our challenge will be a series called "Last Day at the Library," chronicling the things and people that will end when a library closes. We hope you enjoy it and be sure to check out the many, many other blogs associated with the A to Z Challenge.