So I’m cleaning my desk today and I find a book mark that has “Prayer for Librarians” on it. I am not making this up.
It’s long, but the first few lines go something like:
Lord, You are infinite and with
Your infinity, You are the Word.
Help us then, as Keepers and custodians
of words, to be aware of our profession
in all its depths of knowledge and
wisdom and in all its encompassing of
the past, present, and what is yet to be.
And so on and so on and blah blah blah
I won’t rant about religion, but I would consider myself to be a prayerful, spiritual person. But what would my version of a librarian prayer look like? Well the above sure ain’t it. Here’s mine…
Dear God, give me the strength to not strangle the next person who says “Gee, you’re a librarian, you must get to read alllll the time!”. Give me the wisdom to know that not all people understand that libraries are not the places to have cell phone conversations at HIGH VOLUME. Grant me the peace that comes only after all information literacy and story time sessions are done for the day. And lastly, Lord, grant me protection from the porn dude…you know the one…the guy who looks at porn on Computer 2, all day, every day.