Miss Information doesn't have to deal with A.D.D. kid -- yet.While Miss Information is busy petting koalas, her co-workers must deal with the newest addition to the zany library family: the insufferable A.D.D. kid. So named because of his endearing habit of getting up every minute or so from his computer workstation (longest stretch of time seated: 2 minutes 39 seconds), wandering aimlessly around the library, then returning to his seat, but more often than not, a completely different workstation. His age is indeterminate: somewhere between that hazy netherworld of annoying child and more annoying teen.
Since strangulation and blunt force trauma are apparently against the library’s posted “Rules of Conduct” (who knew?), various coping mechanisms must be employed by staff members to keep from going insane and/or staying out of prison. One particularly helpful strategy is to make the kid’s time here a living hell. For example, once his computer time is used up for the day, any additional time he may use depends of the availability of workstations. Ergo, ensure that NO computers he sits down at are available by pre-booking them for non-existent patrons. This sends him into a dizzying frenzy of helplessness and torment.
Additionally, it is enormously satisfying to use a strictly “measured” (some bleeding hearts may say “disproportionate”) response to the teeny tiniest infraction of the aforementioned “Rules of Conduct”. Tapping your fingers? That constitutes “disruptive and intrusive behaviour” in my book – out you go for the rest of the day.
Although most sentient beings subjected to such treatment may realize that their presence is no longer welcome and perhaps, you know, never come back -- it matters not a whit to A.D.D. kid that librarians are shooting telepathic death rays of hatred towards him.
Loud, twitchy, gangly A.D.D. kid stands his ground, hanging around the library from opening to closing-- determined to waste his last remaining days of summer vacation to the fullest.
-- Scooter (guest blogger)