There are no Jack Kerouacs or Holden Caulfields for girls. Literary girls don’t take road-trips to find themselves; they take trips to find men.
"Great" books, as defined by the Western canon, didn’t contain female protagonists I could admire. In fact, they barely contained female protagonists at all."
Well, white dude with I’m guessing considerable stock in Google, is the library just there for your needs or purposes?
Maybe you enjoyed your exercise in wordplay and making points already made. But what was your point again? Books make libraries so without books libraries aren’t libraries? Books look different so libraries can’t be libraries? Libraries look different so libraries can’t be libraries? You don’t need libraries for books so we don’t need libraries? I’m sorry, what?
Oh but wait, we’re pretending? Pretending what? Pretending there’s an access divide? Pretending there’s a digital divide? Pretending information illiteracy? Pretending folks lack job skills? Pretending college students need help with citation (BAHA HAHAHAHAHHA)? Did I get a Masters in Pretending? I MEAN I DO HAVE A GREAT IMAGINATION SO I PROBS GOT STRAIGHT A’S. OR P’S FOR PRETENDING. I’m sorry, what?
Also read this from BeerBrarian - The End of “The End of Libraries”
On Sunday, October 14th, yet another “End of Libraries” piece appeared. Per usual, it was written by a white male with no use for libraries, because every single time this trope appears, that’s part of the author’s demographic background. Beyond that, it’s a crucial part of the author’s background. It is overwhelmingly affluent white men who argue that because they do not use something, it has no value for anyone. Libraries. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Affordable health care. It’s the same argument.
"The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge." Ah, yes, because you can trust everything you read on the internet.
Republicans play this game all the time. “I don’t need it, therefore it’s not important and we should get rid of it.” I can vividly remember the last time I was in a library. It was three weeks ago. I needed to do research and the material I needed was not online. Not every book is completely indexed in Google Books. And yes, an ebook is cheaper and faster than buying a physical copy of a book - but it’s harder to skim through an ebook quickly, and the physical copy at the library costs you nothing (up front; tax dollars etc etc).
Like I said, I was at the library three weeks ago. It was around 4 pm on a Tuesday. And you know what? It was CROWDED. There was a packed sign-up sheet for the computers. Kids and parents abounded in the children’s section. Older people and teenagers read at the tables in the main area. I had to wait in line to check out my book.
Before that, I had spent a lot of quality time on my library’s website. I like to read both physical books and ebooks. My library does Kindle loans. OK, their website is a crappy government website, and it can be a little difficult to navigate, but it’s doable. I read books I probably couldn’t or wouldn’t pay full price for, AKA a big part of the purpose of a library.
Libraries are not useless in the digital age, and even more importantly, they aren’t all empty. Just because YOU, PERSONALLY do not need or use something doesn’t make it a charming but impractical relic of a long-forgotten age.
My kid and I go to the library often enough that most of the librarians recognize her. And it’s wonderful because she now reads so much and so fast that we wouldn’t be able to afford all the books she consumes otherwise.
This guy is a tool.
I like reading all three of these as actual short stories,
Maybe Vampires DO Wear Polka Dots: A Mix for Mrs. Jeepers’ Day Off
1. 1234 - Feist 2. To My Face - Chloe Howl 3. Misguided Ghosts - Paramore 4. Young Blood (Slow Version) - Naked and Famous 5. Luisa’s Bones - Crooked Fingers 6. Let Go - Frou Frou 7. The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson 8. Side Effects of Sipping on Sunshine - Open Till Midnight 9. Romeo and Juliet - The Killers 10. Closer - Kings of Leon 11. Baobabs - Regina Spektor 12. Lake Michigan - Rogue Wave
Little illustration I made for the flyers for my comics workshop at my local library/place of employment. It’s supposed to convey the magic of reading comics! Go comics!
I’m going to embroider something on my library book bin, just so that it’s cute and matchy with the rest of my apartment, but I can’t decide whether to go silly or serious!
Should I do…
today i corrected someone who said accidentally said the monster’s name was frankenstein and i said “frankenstein was the scientist not the monster”
then my professor went “but was frankenstein not the monster?” and i had to sit down for a minute