Hardest Conversation To Not Laugh During, Ever.
What I want to know is, how old were you when you figured out how a library worked? I'm guessing I was probably 5, perhaps younger, but I'll stick with five. So this means I've known how a library works for approximately 22 years now. It doesn't take a genius IQ to figure this out does it? Because if it does, I'm apparently a genius.
Now, this is what brought this to mind today. I was having a conversation with an older woman, I'm guessing she's in her late fifties/early sixties, who has an advanced degree, and who I see a couple of times a week. She saw me reading a book and asked me if it was any good, and indicated that we seem to have the same taste in books. Then she asked me where I got it.
Me: The library.
Her: Oh, you go to the library? How often do you go?
Me: Every week or so.
Her: Well, how much do they charge per book?
Her: Just the membership?
Me: Membership is free too.
Her: Wow! How many books can you take at a time?
Me: As many as you want, actually.
Her: And it's all free?
Me: Yes. They have free videos too, but they do charge late fees for those. Fifty cents a day.
Her: That's it? I'm going to have to check this library thing out!
Me: You do that.
Seriously. I had this conversation today. And the woman is definitely older than five. Maybe I'm just assuming "how libraries work" is common knowledge. I could be totally wrong about this, but I just can't imagine that there are a lot of people out there who don't get this.