Kind Strangers Kindness

Long Distance Library

| MA, USA | Awesome, Geography, Kind Strangers

Before I moved to a different country I drove my mother’s car all the time, and had my library card on the key chain.

A year after I left, the keys fell out of my mother’s pocket when she was two hours away from home. Someone found them and took them to the police, and the police contacted the library group. They were able to email me, since my address was connected to the account.

From halfway around the world I could tell my mother where her keys were, and she was saved so much stress thanks to some public servants who went above and beyond.

Kind Strangers Kindness

Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 5

| USA | Kind Strangers, Money

Library Patron: *frowning* “I need to talk to you RIGHT NOW! In private.”

Librarian: *leading him to secluded corner* “How can I help you? Are you unhappy about something?”

Library Patron: “That lady right there? She’s homeless, right?”

Librarian: “I believe so.”

Library Patron: “Well, here’s what YOU need to do. Give her this right now.”*hands librarian a $100 bill* “But don’t tell her it was me.”

Librarian: *taken aback* “Thank you…” *to lady* “Someone wanted you to have this, but I don’t know who it was.”

Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 4
Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 3
Homeless Is Where The Heart Is, Part 2

Big Monster, Small Act Of Kindness

| USA | Adorable Children, Books & Reading, Hall of Fame, Popular

(It’s common procedure for us to pull books off the shelf that are damaged, outdated, or haven’t been checked out in a long time, delete them from the system, and get rid of them via book sale or donating to charity. My boss has just pulled a few dozen books for deletion, but they haven’t been removed from the system yet. A boy comes to the front desk.)

Boy: “I’m looking for a Godzilla book, but it’s not on the shelf.”

Me: “It could be that it’s checked out. Would you like me to put it on hold for you?”

Boy: “But the computer says it’s in.”

(I check the computer, and the boy’s right — the book is listed as available, but is not on the shelf. After some searching we discover the book is in the back waiting to be deleted, as it’s older and hasn’t been checked out in years.)

Me: *to the boss* “Should we put it back on the shelf for him?”

Boss: “Here, let me handle it.”

(And my boss takes the Godzilla book, deletes it from our system, removes the barcode, and goes out front and gives it to the boy.)

Boss: “This book is yours to keep. You don’t ever have to bring it back!”

(The expression on the boy’s face was priceless — he not only found the book he wanted, but he got to keep it as his own! I have a very sweet boss, and this is just one of the many small but memorable good deeds she does on a regular basis.)

Please Do Not Not Be Quiet In The Library

| Awesome, Employees, Family & Kids, Hall of Fame, Popular

(We’ve recently moved to a new town and are visiting the library for the first time. My kids are acting excited and a bit noisy with their chatter.)

Me: “Kids, quiet down. Let’s go sit here and look at these books. Shhh!”

Librarian: “Please don’t shush your children. It’s quite all right for your kids to make noise in here. In fact, we encourage them to interact and enjoy the space and the books.” *to kids* “What sort of books do you like?” *wanders off to show the kids where the fun stuff is*

Me: “…”

(We love our library and our librarians are the best!)

No Pranks, Just Thanks

| Eugene, OR, USA | Awesome, Hall of Fame, Popular

(I am shelving DVDs in a library when a man comes in with a boy who appears to be autistic. The boy sees a movie about Thanksgiving.)

Boy: “Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving! I’m thankful… I’m thankful for… I’m thankful for my friends at school!”

Caretaker: “You’re thankful for your friends at school?”

Boy: “Yeah! Yeah and… and… what are you thankful for? Are you thankful for your friends?”

Caretaker: *no response*

Boy: “Are you thankful for me?”

Caretaker: “I’m thankful for you, kid. I’m more thankful for you than all my friends in the world.”

Boy: *smiles*