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Things Kids Say in Libraries: A Short Compilation

July 1 2020

It is a truth universally acknowledged that children have a rather… unique way of seeing the world.

So we’ve gathered together for your amusement the best of the best of entertaining mini patron library interactions we've heard of through the librarian grapevine.

Enjoy!

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7-year-old, to the librarian:
You mean you were once nine years old like my sister?!

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Grade 2 Kid, pointing at another child:
She grabbed this book and said she was gonna get it, but I told her it’s too scary for her, because she’s only in Grade 1, but it’s okay for ME to get it because I’m older.

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Little Kid:
Why do we have to be quiet in the library?
6-year-old older sibling, whispering:
It’s because people are sleeping.

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6-year-old:
Dad, what's this book?
Dad:
It's Black Tower by Steven King.
6-year-old:
I want to read Black Tower by Steven King.
Dad:
You'll never sleep again if I let you read that.
6-year-old:
COOL! So can I?

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8-year-old A:
Dude, what the heck are you drinking?
8-year-old B:
Hot tea.
8-year-old A:
HOT TEA??? Only OLD people drink hot tea.
8-year-old B:
Well, I'm a young adult, and I like to drink tea. It feels cozy in my stomach.

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Caregiver:
Tell the librarian how old you are.
Child:
Terrible two!

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[Librarian is about to scan the barcode to check out a book.]
9-year-old:
Can I do it?
Librarian:
Sure. [hands over scanner]
9-year-old:
Yay!
[Scans book, computer dings. Turns cheerfully to the kid beside him]
Oh, NOW I get it why she likes this job so much!

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6-year-old A:
Are you the one who controls the library?
Librarian:
Yup, that's me!
6-year-old B:
Like, duh, why else would she wear glasses?

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Image credit: "Day of the Child/Book 014" by Pioneer Library System is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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