[You know how you can differentiate my posts from Jillian's? I always seem to have a question for the title! I don't know why...]
Lynn is currently reading book 1 of The Mobile Library series by Ian Sansom. She picked it up after reading a post on the book by monoceros, who happens to be the bookworm friend of vantan, who blogged about our blog (is that too confusing?).
Back to the book. The first book in the Mobile Library series is The Case of the Missing Books (available at your friendly neighbourhood library and library@orchard under call number: SAN-[MY]).
pssst, by the way, did you know that the job scope of a librarian has been compared to that of a mamasan? Which is why you’ll find that librarians have this habit of promoting books and sharing the books they enjoyed. It’s a job hazard. Check this out:
“Libraries are brothels for the mind. Which means that librarians are the madams, greeting punters, understanding their strange tastes and needs, and pimping their books.”
(The Guardian column, 18 October 2003.)
As cited from http://www.laughinglibrarian.com/sigliby.htm (accessed 13 Jun 2007)
The above observation and link was shared by colleague Valerie.
Back to the book again. I get sidetracked a lot. The interesting thing about The Case of the Missing Books is that the opening scene starts with new librarian Isreal Armstrong reporting for work, only to see a notice tacked onto the door that the library is closed! Lynn can totally empathise! The same thing happened to her.
The council’s solution to the closed library is to start up a Mobile Library, with Isreal as driver and librarian (or better known as an Outreach Support Officer). But first Isreal has to search for all 15,000 books from the library, which have mysteriously gone missing. Thus begins Isreal’s amateur sleuthing, general blundering about, and wondering what Hercule Poirot will do.
Ian Sansom drops in a lot of references to popular culture along the way, which makes it an interesting read. You’ll see Isreal using books like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time to chase off chickens and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (which is truely just the right weight and size) to break a window.
You’ll also meet a dog named Muhammad (Ali, named after the boxer), read how Isreal feels like he’s stuck in Lost in Translation, and hear someone singing “Hey Mr. Tallyman, Tally me Bananas” (remember that song?).
Lynn has just finished the book and can’t believe the answer was right in front of her all the while – open up a mobile library trawling Orchard Rd so we can continue to serve the community! We will be known as Outreach Support Officers and we can park our bus somewhere where the ERP doesn’t shine.
- Posted by Lynn