…maybe “rough” was the wrong word here. “Weird,” definitely.
Our entire system was taken down at work for a few days in preparation for a new one to take its place. This meant, however, that we couldn’t do anything. At all. Just check out books offline and tell people over and over again that no, we couldn’t renew their books/look up their accounts/try to find a book/basically diddly squat.
Kind of a surreal working experience. Thankfully all is well and up and running.
Thankfully, as of last week, Summer vacation is now over. The kids are back at school, and with Labor day behind us, our busy season is finally at an end. So hopefully, we can all relax just a little teeny bit. At least until Columbus Day Weekend.
The thing is, when these surges of returns happen, they more often than not end up being mostly children’s books, particularly on program days. Considering that each patron can check out up to 50 books at a time, and children have a tendency of taking out a lot of material during one visit, it adds up pretty quickly. Especially when a whole family returns all their books at once. Compound this with a children’s program and multiple families decide that this is the perfect time to return everything – it’s more than a little terrifying.