New York Public Library’s quirkiest inquiries | The Guardian

New York Public Library’s quirkiest inquries | Books | The Guardian.

A little belated “Friday Fun” item for you this Saturday morning, compliments of The Guardian (May 28, 2015). You will enjoy these old librarian question cards being published by the New York Public Library. As they will reveal, a librarian truly had to be a multi-faceted person!

Here’s part of the introduction to this post:

Today, we cast a nostalgic eye back in time – to the days when readers regarded librarians as a cross between oracles, therapists and confessors, phoning in the most personal, complex or frankly dotty questions which were dutifully copied out, often in longhand. The New York Public Library has been publishing a cache of vintage question cards on its Instagram account and on Twitter via the hashtag #letmelibrarianthatforyou. Since we first reported on it back in January, the questions have kept on coming.

And here are a couple of personal favorites (for more, visit the link above):

“Please give me the name of a book that dramatizes bedbugs? - PQ 9/22/44”

'Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?' 10/76

“What does it mean when you dream you’re being chased by an elephant?” 5/27/47

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