As part of my pledge to support local businesses, I’ve decided to also support our local library. As Finn in beloved TV show “Glee” once said, “I got this [book] from the library. Did you know you can just borrow books from there?”
These were the books I picked up today: Three baby books for Serena and one book for Adam, and then me — who doesn’t love a good Robert Langdon thriller??
But I had picked up a fourth baby book, too. I had grabbed “The Three Bears” by Byron Barton in an interest to give Serena a head start on the classics.
But the lady at the circulation desk told me that this book could not be taken from the library because it was a “reference book.”
I joked to the lady, “Ah, yes, in case someone is writing a book report on The Three Bears.” She replied, humorlessly, that yes, if someone was writing a report on The Three Bears, they’d have access to the book in the library only but could not check it out.
It made me think … why would this book be available for reference only? It’s obviously a reference book for the following people:
- People researching bears
- People researching portion control
- People researching the number three
- People researching family relationships among bears
- People researching porridge recipes and uses in popular culture
- People researching porridge temperatures and varying comfort levels in porridge eaters
- People researching rocking chairs and bed mattresses
- Would-be burglars researching how to break into bears’ homes and get away with it
- Anthropologists wondering about bears’ natural habitats
- Goldilocks, trying to review her past mistakes and do better in the future
If now, like me, you’re disappointed that you can’t borrow this very book to read over and over again with your baby human, you can watch a video of it here.
I’ll be back in a few days, local library — to return the books I borrowed (by next week we’ll surely all be experts on our feelings!), and to begin working on my dissertation about The Three Little Pigs.