Some things you don’t need to apologize for are:
- I don’t have time to read
- I don’t like to read
- I haven’t been to the library in a long time
- I’m sorry to bother you…*
- I have fines.
- I can’t find…
*Especially this one. Do not feel sorry for talking to a library staff member! You are the reason we are here! We are glad to hear from you!
In fact, let’s nix needless apologies altogether (and yes, I’m speaking to women in particular). “Excuse me” can adequately replace 98% of the apologies you might make in a day. You’re perfectly entitled to use the coffee maker, exit an elevator, approach a colleague, or round a corner without saying “I’m sorry” to anybody. Trust me.
Jessica Olin wrote about this very eloquently at her blog, Letters to A Young Librarian:
There are multiple other reasons why I eradicated ”I’m sorry” from my regular speech, even though it’s a modern convention of sorts. More than anything else, I made this change because this way it feels like it really means something when I do apologize.
So, no, I’m not sorry, unless I really am. And neither should you be.
Please don’t apologize for any way that you use the library (you know, as long as it’s not illegal or gross) — we’re here to help you!
This is important. Not only for libraries but for life.
The Brooklyn Public Library is inviting all Brooklyn residents to participate in its Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project. News articles and statistics don’t equate to personal narratives recounting the emotional impact of the storm.
Participants will be interviewed for 20-30 minutes and their stories will be preserved in a permanent collection and many will be available online.
If you’re interested in being apart of the project, email June Koffi at j.koffi AT brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
May 15, 2013
Jokes about the phrase “old sport” are a hot item here on tumblr dot com. I think it has something to do with the Great Gatsby. Like his nickname or something? A guy? The guy? It’s hard to tell I’m only one man.
oh tumbltrends, oh dear dear tumbltrends. let me give you some spark notes and a puppy.