Thursday, June 28, 2007

Righteous Indignation Galore

Stinkerbell participated in a local library's summer reading program. She just finished kindergarten and was therefore not eligible for the prizes for reading the most books. She did great and her reading did improve a lot.

Kudos to her.

Her BFF, Lauren, won 1st prize in her age group for reading 300! books. 300 in 3 weeks. gawllleeeee

Anyway, today was the awards ceremony and picnic/celebration for the participants. I regret attending with every gray hair hidden by Ms Amy at Rumorz Styling Salon.

Because Stinkerbell didn't enroll in the program - because we had been out of town - she wasn't named as a participant and allowed to pick a toy/prize from the 2 tables FULL OF TOYS. At the first event, we asked if she could still take part. "Yes, but she won't be eligible for the top prizes."

Remember that, "top prizes."


The library lady did announce after ALL THE KIDS PRESENT had gotten their toys, that "if anyone was left out, to come on up and get a toy."

Is that ambiguous to any of you?

Nope, didn't think so.

So, Stinkerbell didn't hear that announcement and didn't know where to go, so I went with her.

me: She didn't get to get a toy yet.

Library butt-munch Nazi: What's her name?

me: Stinkerbell Auburn

Library butt-munch nazi glances at list and doesn't see her name

this is where I should have shut up and just let Stinkerbell get a stupid Bratz doll and be thrilled with it. But nooooOOOOOOO.

me: She didn't get to enroll, but she attended all the programs and checked out and read 29 books.

Library butt-munch nazi: I'm sorry. She can't have a prize.

me, incredulous and mama-bear-like: You just said that if anyone was left out...

Library butt-munch nazi: Yes, but we had a deadline for enrollment and it wouldn't be fair to the other kids...

me, about to slap her or cry or swear big bad words: You have toys on the table here that NO ONE is going to get. EVERYONE has gotten a toy that should have gotten one. You can't let her have ONE TOY that is ALREADY PAID FOR???

Library butt-munch nazi: I'm sorry.

me: you mean I have to explain to her that YOU won't let her have a toy that NO ONE ELSE wanted and NO ONE ELSE will get and is going to be boxed up in some attic somewhere?

Library butt-munch nazi: Yes, I'm sorry. She can still have the coupons for the free meals at our local restaurant sponsors...

me, about to seriously cry, can't respond, turned and walked away.

Stinkerbell wept. I cried with her and told her how unfair it was and that I didn't understand it either.

When she went to the lady with the coupons, she was refused them too.

I'm about to chew on some librarian a$$, people.

So, we left the awards ceremony and were going to eat their free hotdogs and play on their bouncehouse and swim in the city pool for free. But the bouncehouse was HOT to the touch. And BFF Lauren doesn't eat hotdogs and I was praying for a big ol' frog-choaker rain to ruin it for the Nazis.

We left.

And ate pizza and drank Sprite at Mama Maria's cafe. In the AIR CONDITIONING.

So, now join with me in sending wishes of people putting books back in all the wrong places and talking above a whisper and general mayhem at the Rainsville Public Library.



Super B's Mom said...

What a horrible, horibble, nasty woman! Did she have a hairy mole on her nose?? This woman actually sounds like my high school librarian. Nasty old woman.

I hope someone turns a cat loose in the library and it climbs the shelves, clawing the books to shreds.

You wouldn't happen to be referring to the Sand Mountain Rainville, would ya? I think you're in my neck of the woods!

Oh..and by the way - I am also stricken with MHS (Man Hand Syndrome). Love your blog.

Wendy said...

That is the saddest thing ever! I would have done the same thing! Def. made me tear up sitting right here! What a horrible woman! Is there someone that you can complain to? I so would and make sure to have that sweet little girl write about how sad that she is! Man, that irks me!!

Melzie said...

Ugh this story is awful :( Bless her heart and yours too. I'd complain further...
xoxo melzie

Anonymous said...

Well I'll be Dewey Decimal... I didn't realize that there actually existed a place where a little girl was refused a toy TO HER FACE!

I have an icky feeling in the pit of my stomach. Poor Stinkerbell!

I'm with Melzie... You should make a little stink about it... just to make yourself feel better.

Amanda's got Baby Bangs said...

That is unbelievable.

For the Love... said...

I CAN NOT BELIEVE they did that to y'all!!!!!!

What a wench!

Jennifer aka Binky Bitch said...

You want me to write a letter to that beyotch? Cause I will. And it will include cuss words.

The librarians here at our library sound just like your librarians.

Picture full with baby, books, and bag, trying to get library card. Librarian, looks at me like I'm wasting her precious time. Doesn't even offer to help. After scanning my books, she doesn't even push them towards me, keeps them on her edge of the counter. I have to reach across said counter, juggling baby and bag to get my stupid books. I said to her, thanks for your help! You couldn't be any ruder !!! And I turned and left.

The end.

jennyhope said...

Girl I jumped over from WillBlog...go get her a trophy or something...they have shops all over town. That is the craziest thing ever! When I was in 3rd grade I lied and said I read hundreds of books...I am just not buying the 300 in 3 weeks. Stinkerbell needs an award...poor thing. Mama bear would have had to be reciting some Phil chapter 2 if it were me at the library! I thought I was the only one who still said butt munch. I wonder if the lady has kids?!?!?

Jenny Williams, Pelham AL

For the Love... said...

Uh...I left you a comment yesterday, or thought that I did..I don't see it today, oops!

I have something for you at my place, it will be in yesterday's post, make sure you check it out!

Damselfly said...

Sheesh. Would one toy have killed her? Some librarians act like they own the library. And that really ruins the library experience.

However, I hope Stinkerbell had a good time reading all those books! Way to go!

Beba said...

NOT fair at all! That women needs kids so she could understand other kids!