"Marian the Librarian" is a pretty funny song from the show The Music Man. Remember the ending lines?
But when I try in here to tell you, dear
I love you madly, madly, Madam Librarian...Marian
It's a long lost cause I can never win
For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin
Any talking out loud with any librarian
Such as Marian.....Madam Librarian.
I actually knew a librarian named Marian. And I was afraid of her--even though I never once entered her library. She was the mother of one of my high school girlfriends and was also the librarian for a neighboring high school. She was always nice to me--but that was irrelevant. Throughout my adolescence the parents of my various girlfriends terrified me. I was certain they could see right into my evil soul, view like sick movies the sordid stories unspooling in my imagination, read on my sweaty brow my carnal intentions, could ... you know ...
But I've otherwise had invariably wonderful experiences with the librarians in my life, from earliest childhood through this week. I'll tell a few stories the next couple of days--just to give you an idea ...
|Carnegie Public Library, RIP|
|Mr. Hickok--with elven ears?|
When we moved to little Hiram, Ohio, in 1956, the Portage County Library still had a Hiram branch in an old house near the "downtown" (if you know Hiram, you'll understand the quotation marks). It's now a private home--and seemed like one back then, too. Regular rooms with lots of books. My older brother worked there while he was in high school. I used to help myself to some of his pay, which he foolishly kept beneath the little serape he draped over his dresser. The bulge was a giveaway. I saw to the takeaway. A dollar here, a dollar there. Every little bit helps. I remember one book I took out of that library, Henry Stanley's How I Found Livingstone,1872, a book I read because I'd seen on TV that old (1939) movie Stanley and Livingstone with Spencer Tracy. It was from that book, by the way, that I learned the reply to the famous Dr. Livingstone, I presume? The Dr. answered, Yes.
BTW: I see today on ABE that you can get a signed copy of The Iron Mistress for $225! Better snap that up!
IRON MISTRESS (signed)-see seller's description