An older man approached the desk this afternoon, laid down his tablet, and said, “What kind of things can I put on this?”

“What is this?” I asked.

He wasn’t exactly sure, so we turned it on and oh, the suspense as it booted up.  It was a Kindle Fire!

Truly, you can put all kinds of things on this.  But I assumed he meant library things.

So I told him about e-books and e-audiobooks.

And then I explained about app stores.  And apps, which enable you to put these things on your device.

I’m not sure how much he absorbed.  He told me that his daughter knows how to do all of these things, but she never has time to show him.  So I showed him.  And I’m still not sure how much he absorbed.  But we put a book on hold for him – one that he actually wanted to read – and he was happy.  So happy, in fact, that he told me how wonderful it was, what I had done.

And then he said, “You have a magic finger.”  Because touch screens and downloads and things for his device!

And I said, “Well, don’t let that get around.”  And then he laughed, seriously belly laughed, because I am a snarky, snarky librarian.




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