We have all heard of ChaCha or KGB, the text in reference sources that answer your questions. ChaCha offers a free amount of questions until you actually have to pay for every one of your answers while with KGB there it is a $0.99 for each question. But the Seattle Public Library has them beat – you can text a librarian for free!
You can send your little 160 character question anytime between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and they’ll shoot you back an answer within minutes. What’s the population of Prague? How many keys are on a grand piano? Who invented the paper clip? When was Saturn discovered? Who are a few famous players of the recorder?
Pretty much with any question, you can bet a SPL librarian has you covered. I personally envision a wizened old Librarian sitting in a room stacked to the ceiling with encyclopedias, reference materials, magazines, laptops and computers abound, just waiting to receive questions. So the next time your friend asks you, “How old is the oldest living bullfrog?” shoot a text to a librarian!
To use this service just text SEA to 309-222-7740!
-Patrick, 17, Teen Center Adviser