Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reference Questions to Make You Smile

We love reference questions, partly because we love to help patrons find what they need, and partly because, well, we just never know what you'll ask next! Librarians were recently polled for "the most unusual reference question you've been asked". Here are just a few of the answers:

"What does it mean when you dream of raw, bloody beef?"
"What's the word for when you go into the jungle and shoot an animal and then you feel really good about it?"
"I need a book on evil twins."
"I need a copy of Macbeth, in English."
"I need a Biblical remedy for boils."
"Who wrote The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin?"
"What does the Bible say about lettuce?"
"Does the library loan out empathy bellies?"
"Who was the first female singer?"
"How do you say 'serendipity' in Sanskrit?"
"I need poems about Raquel Welch."
"Do you have 8-10 inch chalice I can check out for our church?"
"I need the sheet music for the Lord's Prayer for xylophone."
"Is Bob Hope one word or two?"
"How do you say 'Tonya' in Hawaiian?"
"I need the phone number for the person in charge of comedy in Hollywood."
"What is the African word for goulash?"
"What century were the 1950s in?"
"What is Tweety-Pie's gender?"
"Does the library have any books on any prominent people?"
"I need the Pledge of Allegiance in Russian."
"I need to contact Barbra Streisand because I've been decapitated and I think she may want to do a movie about it."
"Do you have the sheet music for '99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall'?"
"What's the definition of the word 'kah-teer'?" Librarian: "How do you spell it?" Patron: "Like in 'mouseketeer'."
"I'd like the music for Taco Bell's Canon in D."
"Can cross-eyed people be hypnotized?"

Monday, May 19, 2008

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Scholarship Winner Announced

Brittany Rhodes, Calhoun Falls High School's 2008 valedictorian, is the winner of the first Friends of the Library scholarship. The scholarship will help defray costs as Brittany heads to Clemson University next fall.

Brittany has been both a volunteer and an active patron at the Calhoun Falls Library. Recently, she coordinated a special storytime, sponsored by the FFA. The Friends of the Abbeville County Libraries present their senior scholarship program to recognize an Abbeville County student in whose life the library plays an enriching role.

Congratulations, Brittany!

Monday, May 05, 2008


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Check out a great novel by Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, Rene Saldana, or Laura Esquivel ---

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Booksale this Saturday!

Don't forget the Friends of the Library booksale this Saturday in the basement of the Abbeville Library! We'll be selling books-by-the-bag, so $6.00 will get you a grocery bag full of great reads!

Saturday, May 3 from 10-1 at the Abbeville Library (entrance around back)

It's Spring Festival, so plan to make a day of it on the square! See you there!