East Williston VS Jericho

East Williston

This is a super tiny library that shares a building with the village hall.  Even though it’s small and parking isn’t abundant, it’s completely adorable.  Parking directly in front of the doors is limited to fifteen minutes.  There’s parking further down that has a time limit as well, but those spots didn’t cause me any trouble at all.  I was in and out with time to spare.

All three departments share one room, and space is limited, but they still had a ton of young adult books to offer.  I only saw one table in this library, so studiers shouldn’t aim for this place.  They certainly made the table count though: There was a scene under the glass with little figurines and props–like a shadowbox.  I thought it was cool.

There was only one librarian present at the reference/circulation desk, and she helped me find a book I needed with ease.  Afterwords, she checked it out for me and wished me a good day.  My trip was quick, and though East Williston doesn’t have much to offer in terms of size, it certainly makes up for that with a homey, nice inside with plenty to choose from.  They really utilized their space well and their sections weren’t hard to navigate through.  I enjoyed my trip here.

Jericho

I’ve been to Jericho once before to pick up a book I couldn’t wait to read.  Years later, I’m back again to see more than just their circulation desk.  Jericho has a strange parking lot that for some reason reminds me of my pediatrician’s parking lot.  They were structured similarly.  Regardless of how the parking spots are arranged, I found a spot without any trouble and hurried myself into the library (it was so hot, I was sure I would combust).  I first went to the second floor, which houses the adult and young adult books.  The librarian at the reference desk helped me find the topic I was looking for with little trouble.  While I waited for my companion to browse the shelves, I stumbled upon the young adult graphic novels.  Jericho is another library that often sends me materials.  I think most of what I receive is from them–and now I know why.  They had a TON to choose from.

I found a book I wanted to read, collected my companion and made my way back downstairs, where the children’s department is located.  The librarians at the desk didn’t look up at me any of the times I walked by–they were each reading a book or magazine and I didn’t want to interrupt them with any questions.

The circulation clerk was friendly, and chatted with me while she checked out my books.  With my reading material in hand, I skipped out to the parking lot where I expected to find my car completely melted in my spot.

 

 

Results

This round was a bit unfair because size differs so greatly between these libraries.  However, I arranged the libraries together randomly, and will stick to the matches.  East Williston is a great place to go if you’re looking to just grab a book and leave.  It doesn’t have the space or privacy for those looking to study.  Jericho has tons of space as well as several rooms for quiet work.  Just because of its size, Jericho has a bigger selection of material and more staff, though the librarian at East Williston was as attentive and friendly as the people I encountered at Jericho.  Both places had weird parking situations.  Jericho was much easier to locate since it has its own building.  I happened to see the library sign on the side of the town hall building while driving by East Williston, otherwise I would have missed it.  Though I thought East Williston was cute, I’m going to give this round to:

 

4 thoughts on “East Williston VS Jericho”

  1. Just a quick friendly note about something you mentioned in this blog.

    Do not assume that just because you think a librarian is reading a magazine or a book they are “too busy to help you” as I sensed a bit of sarcasm in that statement.

    Librarians often need to read book journal reviews for ordering as well as books themselves to set up for programs such as discussions or story times. This is part of our job and will be part of your job should you continue on your way as an aspiring librarian. Also, you will find that not everyone wants help finding what they are looking for right away and often a patron will walk in as if on a mission and come back to ask for help. I generally try to ask patrons if they need anything when they come in, however if I am engaged in another aspect of work it is possible to miss them.

    Next time you walk into a library and think you have such a situation as this try a simple, “excuse me could you help me…” might do the trick. If they do not seem eager to help you from this point on you can make your judgements from there.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I’ve had to do work on computers as well as read over letters and documents while working at an information desk. It’s never stopped me from glancing up when a patron walked by and greeting them–or even simply looking around every few minutes to make sure no one was waiting in the shadows. I know from my time on the librarian side of the desk that helping a patron is never bothersome, but from both what patrons have said to me and what my friends said after we left the library: when someone is buried in a magazine or book and never looks up, it gives the “go away” vibe, even if they don’t mean to.

      For the record though, I do agree with what you said about politely asking for help. I didn’t have a pressing question, and knowing the women were probably doing research for work, I didn’t want to interrupt her with a question I could ask another staff member. Thank you for your input!

  2. I do agree that patrons could get that vibe if they are not addressed immediately. Like I said, I try to make it a point to engage patrons in conversation when they arrive in my section. However, even the best of us do tend to miss people from time to time. That is pretty much the gist of it.

  3. At the best public libraries, librarians look up from their work when a patron walks by to see if they need help. They also make eye contact or gesture that they will just be a minute if they are on the phone. Many library users are hesitant to interrupt librarians at work. They need to be shown through attentive service that nothing is more important then giving them assistance.

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