I have a complaint. I'll get to it in a minute.
If you watch your surveillance videos from last Friday evening, that boy in the children's section, laying on the floor of the biography aisle sobbing while his mother shouted "How about Rembrandt? What about Sacajawea? But you love Harriet Tubman!" - that's my son Ryan.
He has a school project to read a biography and do a report on a famous person. Since we refused to let him do yet another report on Walt Disney (holy overkill), we let him choose the next best thing: Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets, Sesame Street and pretty much every other non-creepy puppet.
So naturally, I was shocked when your online catalog said that there was ONE children's biography on Jim Henson in the entire county. Shameful. Our branch didn't even have a copy. I requested it, it wouldn't get to us in time. We're screwed. Thanks a lot.
Last Friday I went to the library with my son (whose heart was reeeaaallly set on Jim) to pick out another person. For 30 minutes I went through your shelves with my head cocked to the right, reading names in alphabetical order tossing out option after option. I got through A, but by the time I was at David Beckham ("You should write about him, he's got a hot wife.") he was full-on crying. And for the record, he's not a cry baby, EVER.
For those of you who lost count:
- 0 biographies on Jim Henson, the guy who created the multi-billion dollar Muppet empire in our library.
- 5 biographies on Zac Efron, the kid from High School Musical...and some other things. Zac, if you're reading this, you're on my "list." Call me.
I got home and went back to your online catalog. Just so you're aware...you have over 100 copies of books about Zac Efron in your county library system. You know how many are currently checked out? ONE!
You have 13 copies of books about Jim Henson. TWO are checked out.
Now I'm no math whiz...
You also have biographies on nearly every American Idol contestant (Elliot Yamin? REALLY?), but my personal favorite was Jamie Lynn Spears who is famous for being Britney Spears' knocked-up teenage sister. WTF?!?!?
If this is a representation of where you think the interests of our kids are, I'm scared.
And in case you were wondering, he went with Alexander Graham Bell, a person who invented something almost as important as the Muppets.