When the Shhhhh Hits the Fan: Tales from the Library Floor

Prepare to embark on a hilarious journey through the world of library work as I bring the library conference to life with a unique and entertaining stand-up routine. “When the Shhhh hits the fan: tales from the library floor” promises to leave you in stitches as I debunk stereotypes, poke fun at the quirks of the profession, and celebrate the unsung heroes of the library world.

In a world where libraries are often associated with silence and solitude, my stand-up performance will defy these stereotypes and offer a fresh perspective on the daily life of librarians. I’m a seasoned comedian (in my own mind), who also happens to be a dedicated librarian, and I’ll take to the stage armed with witty anecdotes, clever one-liners, and relatable tales of the library frontlines. Through humor, I’ll address the misconceptions surrounding libraries and the individuals who make them thrive.

From navigating the intricacies of the Dewey Decimal System to dealing with the dreaded overdue book fines, my comedic exploration will shed light on the hilarious aspects of library work that often go unnoticed. You can expect to laugh out loud as I delve into the world of eccentric patrons, the mysteries of missing books, and the art of mastering the “library voice.” I will celebrate the tireless efforts of librarians to adapt to the ever-evolving digital landscape, all while maintaining their love for the written word.

This stand-up routine will not only entertain but also offer a fresh perspective on the multifaceted nature of modern library work. It will serve as a reminder of the invaluable role that libraries play in our communities, dispelling outdated stereotypes and highlighting the dynamic and ever-relevant work of librarians.

My presentation will be an unforgettable 20 minutes of laughter, camaraderie, and newfound appreciation for the world of library work. “When the Shhhh hits the fan” is not just a comedic performance but a testament to the resilience and adaptability of those who keep our libraries thriving. It’s bound to be a page-turner!

Kyleigh Langrick

Project Officer, State Library Victoria

Author Bio

Kyleigh Langrick has worked in the library sector for over 20 years. In 2017, she won The Barrett Reid Scholarship from the State Library Victoria which enabled her to travel to the United States to research the use of Design Thinking in Public Libraries. Most recently, Kyleigh completed her MBA from RMIT.