Who could resist a song that starts with the following lines:
Is this non-fiction?
Is this just fantasy?
It is not only a song, but a carefully choreographed musical performance given by – ordinary librarians. Yes, in New South Wales, Australia, the Shoalhaven Library has made quite an effort to ensure their message is heard.
The librarians haven’t been able to ask permission from late Freddie Mercury, who created the original song Bohemian Rhapsody some 40 years ago, for making a new arrangement with new lyrics, but since Mr Mercury was such a showman himself, we believe he would have been thrilled to see the librarians’ performance.
Now we know what librarians do during those quiet hours at work when customers are not asking them for help. Some librarians are honing their photography skills by taking photographs where colleagues pose with book covers. The results are funny and innovative.
Photos by beecavelibrary, carmel_library and saraharmageddon.
In many countries books, authors, and avid readers are appreciated and respected. Even though writers are usually respected, everyone who has tried writing as a profession knows how hard work it is, and how few writers can make a living by writing alone. In Britain, however, author, librarian and academic are the most desired jobs above any other work.
Ten most desired jobs in Britain in January 2015 were:
5. Interior Designer
8. TV presenter
9. Train driver
Gender differences were significant. Two most preferred jobs for British women were librarian and interior designer, whereas men wanted to be train drivers or Formula 1 racecar drivers.