From Miss Ingrid, the awesome @MagpieLibrarian
There are some whoppers in here.
Amen to the bit about things you say to a librarian that aren’t annoying. Also not annoying: when your extremely young child makes sounds of glee in the library (another matter when your kid throws a fit or starts destroying things).
“I hate to bother you!” or “Are you busy? OK, this isn’t annoying at all, to be honest, but I just don’t get it. Hey, patrons! We’re here to help! You’re not bothering us. Seriously! Did you have a mean middle school librarian who yelled at you every time you asked a question and then peered over her glasses in a disapproving manner? Not cool. Just ask. Don’t feel bad about asking as many questions as you need to. Don’t apologize for not knowing the Dewey Decimal system or where to find a book. Don’t feel the need to admit to us that the last time you were in a library was 10 years ago like this is some sort of confessional. Unnecessary. It’s our job to help you. This shouldn’t make you feel bad or like you’re a nuisance.