This question is one that I really like to think about from time to time. In the moment, there are frequently follow-up questions: Were they looking for a history of tap dancing? A particular tap dancer and their career? A tap dancing how-to? It turned out to be the latter, and so we located 792.78 and found a couple of books on the shelf. Would a DVD be useful? Looks like Tap With Ginger might be a good fit.
I loved this question and I think it’s stayed with me because you can really cast your mind forward and imagine the patron having a good time with these materials. I feel like so many of these questions you answer, you connect the patron with the information, and then they’re gone, and you’re sort of left to imagine various stories and scenarios, if you remember it or make note of it at all. Usually the ones that stick with us are the crisis questions, the ones with a lot of emotion or trauma wrapped around it. It’s nice to recall joyful ones every once in a while.