Dear library, why won’t you scare my kid?

Aidan wanted a scary book. Which was fine with us; I loved scary books as a kid, too. And, frankly, asking for a scary book is quite possibly the least disturbing thing Aidan has said or done in the last week.

So we ran a search on the library website:

Which returned the following:

Say what?

Huh. Clearly, a more specific search string is needed.

So I tried again:

Which returned:

Poems. I asked for “ghost stories” and the library gave me poems.

Now, listen. It’s really not my thing to say anything that begins with, “When I was your age…”

But…

When I was a kid and wanted a scary book, I, too, went to my library. The elementary school library, in fact, which was hosting a book sale. With dollar bills crunched into my sweaty little hand, I marched myself into the library and with the blessing of the librarian purchased this book:

Look at that book. Just look at it. The cover alone had me shitting my pants.

That’s a scary book.

This?

May also involve shitting in one’s pants, but scary it is not.

Library FAIL.

7 Responses to “Dear library, why won’t you scare my kid?”

  1. Karin the Librarian

    If you find an individual title you think he’ll like (for instance, the scary stories treasury) you can click on the title, and it should show you the library of congress subject headings – you can then click on that link and it will take you to other similar books :) I tried to go in and screencap them for you, but your library doesn’t like outsiders knowing just what tomes they keep on their dusty shelves. Betcha the childrens librarian could hook you up with some scary ones though!

    • firstcityline

      Thanks for the tip, Karin! Good idea. :)

      My guess about why our library system is secretive with their catalog, based on personal experience? They’re embarrassed by the fact that most of their branches don’t carry Anne of Green Gables. Because that’s just crazy, right there.

  2. Karin the Librarian

    If you find an individual title you think he’ll like (for instance, the scary stories treasury) you can click on the title, and it should show you the library of congress subject headings – you can then click on that link and it will take you to other similar books :) I tried to go in and screencap them for you, but your library doesn’t like outsiders knowing just what tomes they keep on their dusty shelves. Betcha the childrens librarian could hook you up with some scary ones though!

  3. Zac Yousey

    I gave up on our library’s search feature long long ago. I’ll look everything up on goodreads – find maybe 5 to 8 titles I’m interested in – and then search by title and/or author and hope the local branch carries a couple or I’ll set the hold request from another city branch, which normally only takes a couple days. Must be something about library search software that is just inherently inadequate for keyword searches.

  4. Zac Yousey

    I gave up on our library’s search feature long long ago. I’ll look everything up on goodreads – find maybe 5 to 8 titles I’m interested in – and then search by title and/or author and hope the local branch carries a couple or I’ll set the hold request from another city branch, which normally only takes a couple days. Must be something about library search software that is just inherently inadequate for keyword searches.

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