Beware of Bears in the Library!!

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by Fingal Libraries on October 29, 2014 in Fingal, Libraries

Beware of bears in Fingal Libraries!! Balbriggan Library’s recent Teddy Bear Sleepover delighted our young borrowers and gave the teddy bears a night to remember. However, it was the first event of its kind in Fingal Libraries and we learned a lot. Wildlife event-management wasn’t covered in library school so we’ve put together a practical […]

Beware of bears in Fingal Libraries!!

Balbriggan Library’s recent Teddy Bear Sleepover delighted our young borrowers and gave the teddy bears a night to remember. However, it was the first event of its kind in Fingal Libraries and we learned a lot. Wildlife event-management wasn’t covered in library school so we’ve put together a practical tip-sheet for future reference. Should your section/division/department consider hosting a similar event, our experiences may prove useful.

  • Frisk the bears. It’s not a pleasant task but you need to check for honeypots. We lost count of the number of picture books that were destroyed with honey damage. We’re all for promoting literacy but books with pages stuck together simply cannot be lent out again.
  • Check the boiler room. Only yesterday we discovered a Hibernator down there. Instead of being collected by his owner, he’d borrowed a library blanket and headed down to the basement for the winter. If we hadn’t been looking for Halloween decorations, he could have been down there for months.
  • Lock the canteen fridge. We lost a perfectly good cream cake to a bear who could detect chocolate sprinkles from two floors away.Not only did we lose the cake, but the fridge door was beyond repair. Combination locks work best (tricky for paws).
  • Unplug all phones in the building. Our phone-bill arrived a month after the event and it was a shocker. We’re blaming the koala for the Melbourne reverse-charge calls, the polar bear for the Nuuk calls (look it up) and we have our suspicions that the phone call to darkest Peru was by a very famous bear indeed.
  • Be prepared for some accommodation complaints. Apparently, all the library’s chairs were either too hard or too soft.

By Gladys B Tweedy, Balbriggan Library

PS. Here are the pictures from the Library Security Cameras of the bears getting up to mischief