And yet the world we live in — its divisions and conflicts, its widening gap between rich and poor, its seemingly inexplicable outbursts of violence — is shaped far less by what we celebrate and mythologize than by the painful events we try to forget. Leopold’s Congo is but one of those silences of history.
Adam Hochschild, King Leopold’s Ghost
(You guys, even if you aren’t a big Africa nerd like I am, King Leopold’s Ghost is so chilling and compelling and readable. Give it a try.)
gathering ARCs for a teen advisory board?
Does anyone have ideas how to go about this? Can I request from a publisher, or do I have to score them at conferences, or trawl them from local bookstores, or what? (I’d like to let teens review them and help in the ordering decision making process.)
Fast-food joints provide the elderly with a cosmopolitan alternative to senior centers.
I am so bummed that this opinion piece doesn’t posit libraries as a possible community-building alternative to for-profit businesses. While I’m grateful McDonald’s and other businesses help fill the gap, libraries can be a great place for people of different ages and backgrounds to encounter one another.
My library, in a town so small it doesn’t have a McDonald’s, has formalized this with Friday morning Coffee & Conversation. I’ve only run the thing once (“group” and “program” both seem misleadingly formal) but it attracts a wide range of people who hang out, drink coffee, and argue about local and world events (or their families, or whatever). There’s a donation jar set out, and the people generally do their own washing up, and this one lady always brings a home-baked good. I think we buy the creamer and nothing else, and in return, we get a bit of circulation, a higher door count for our stats, and get to do real good for the community.
Libraries should be doing more of this.
TRYING TO CONVINCE TEENS TO COME TO A PROGRAM
Duct Tape workshop, take #2 in a half hour. Eep!
Surely, youse guys have seen this detailed and awesome post on the anatomy of a teen event flyer, right?
circ desk things
- I just cataloged a book as YA GRAPHIC SAX, which is a little bit funny.
- Our holds are slammed, and it’s all vegan cooking and yoga. Anyone else seeing a lot of New Year’s resolutions on the hold shelves?
- I’ve got eight kids signed up for my second duct tape workshop. If my legacy is nothing but duct tape, I think I can live with that.
Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.
- Jasper Fforde (via thepagesyoullread)
Did anyone have a library school class on (put bluntly) talking to insane people? One of my electives was Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues & Responses, and it began to tackle this stuff, but not nearly enough. I have learned a lot on the job, but I wish I had a background in some of this so I knew I was helping people in the best way.
My boss and I were joking recently that we should co-teach a library school class on the subject that’s required instead of cataloging. And this is at a rural library, so the problem is much less severe than in a walkable, urban community.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Has your library done one? Have you attended one?
We’re targeting the tween set (and teens, but I don’t know how many of them we can reasonably get). We’re thinking cookie decorating (the TAB’s suggestion) and games of some sort.
Let’s brainstorm together, tumblarians.
I am looking for them to tell them that I love them.
A library belonging to a Greek Orthodox priest was torched in Tripoli, Lebanon, last week, according to Agence France-Presse. Around two-thirds of the 80,000 books reportedly were destroyed. An unnamed “security source” told the news agency that the fire was started the day after “a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books at the library that was insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammad [PBUH].” The priest, Father Ibrahim Sarouj, told a Lebanese newspaper that he forgives the arsonists, saying, “I am looking for them to tell them that I love them.”
Read more in today’s Book News.