Is Posh Spice Welcome At Your Library?
Thanks to LISnews, I found this interesting article about Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice: Posh: I've Never Read a Book.
Let's ignore the "never" for now (seriously, not even Hop On Pop when you were 6?). And let's put aside that this is a snippet from an interview. And let's not go into her "autobiography": its not a secret that celebs don't write their own books.
This is your potential customer. Do you laugh at her at her? Do you talk about her behind your back? Or do you direct her to the things your library has that she has said she likes: "I prefer to listen to music, although I do love fashion magazines." Show her your popular music collection. Show her your magazines and explain what issues can be checked out. What about non-fiction books about fashion and couture?
And do you hear what she says about reading -- "I haven't got enough time" -- and conduct a respectful Reader's Advisory interview? Maybe she's unaware that books can be fun, and would be interested in a fictional behind the scenes, gossipy look at the fashion world, like The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.
Or maybe her "not reading, preferring to listen" attitude is the key point of this conversation. Maybe she would be interested in your audiobook collection.
And maybe -- after you've listened to her, and shown her some suggestions, and been friendly -- maybe she'll come to the conclusion that the library is a welcoming place, even for someone who "never read a book." And she and her sons will come back for a visit.
It is highly unlikely that Victoria Beckham will show up at your library. But it is very likely that you have customers who, like Victoria, claim never to have read a book; not to have the time for reading; and who prefer music and fashion.
Is there a place at your library for them?