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      I really got a kick out of the show - I certainly wasn't offended as a 
librarian because I see the show as a workplace sitcom,  which happens to be set in 
a library.   I don't think the show is trying to make any judgments on libraries or 
librarians, per se.  But there is a lot of dark humor -the main character, who 
happens to be a librarian, certainly does bring a lot of baggage to the table as is 
reflected in her attitude towards her patrons.  That is the irony.  She takes her 
job very seriously and perceives herself as a professional.  Just as we were 
shocked at her attitude towards her patrons and staff, so too will other 
non-librarians ( I hope).  The perception of a librarian is exactly the opposite of 
Frances. We as librarians tend to go out of our way NOT to judge individuals, yet 
this one, does quite the opposite.  She thinks it is ok, since she always delivers 
her blows/ insults with a kind smile and lightness/sing-song in her voice.  
   I was actually waiting for someone to tell the sexy new children's librarian to 
turn off her cell phone while she is in the library!
  It was a fun way to start off the day.
Esther Schnaidman
Librarian/media specialist
Yeshiva of North Jersey
River Edge, NJ

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