My boss sent me this picture from PLA and I got a little teary eyed.

My boss sent me this picture from PLA and I got a little teary eyed.

A patron just came up to me to ask me a question on library policy which is normally NBD obviously, but, um, I am sitting in my car eating a sandwich.

who are these librarians that can go to Las Vegas in the middle of summer reading?

Totally bewildered by the number of times I’ve had to tell library support staff not to be racist. Like, the number should not be more than 0 but it is.

Mostly bewildered by the fact that people feel comfortable saying racist things to me, their boss, who they know really little about except that I love being a librarian and that I read feminist authors and have liberal bumper stickers—not that any of these things mean that I couldn’t be racist myself but they at least suggest that I don’t really fit in with the conservative Southern community I now belong to—as if I’m going to agree with them or laugh along.

Being a librarian is probably the coolest thing about me so when people don’t seem impressed by it I’m not really sure what else to tell them.

nprbooks:

My boyfriend just messaged me this picture, followed by “rawr.”
I clicked “download” with great trepidation … only to find this gem from the Shirlington Branch Library!
Coincidence? Or playful librarian?

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nprbooks:

My boyfriend just messaged me this picture, followed by “rawr.”

I clicked “download” with great trepidation … only to find this gem from the Shirlington Branch Library!

Coincidence? Or playful librarian?

(via npr)

"“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”"

- Junot Diaz (via callmebrandy)

Representation fucking matters

(via redefiningbodyimage)

I find this quote particularly meaningful in light of all the stupidness RE selfies right now. REFLECTION MATTERS.

(via a-mead-gal)

Just one of the many reasons we do AFAD every month!

(via feministsupernatural)

(Source: issarae, via lezbrarian)

explore-blog:

In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:
Joan Didion on self-respect
Susan Sontag on photography as aesthetic consumerism and a form of modern violence
Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
Annie Dillard on presence over productivity
Helen Keller on optimism
Alexandra Horowitz on the blinders of attention
Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential to creativity
Hannah Arendt on how bureaucracy fuels violence
Jennifer Finney Boylan on what it’s like to be a transgender parent
Anissa Ramirez on saving science education
Jeanette Winterson on adoption and how we use storytelling to save ourselves
Dani Shapiro on the pleasures and perils of the creative life
Virginia Woolf on how to read a book
Susan Sontag on literature and freedom


Artwork above by Joanna Walsh


 Hey, I read only women authors in 2013 and now that it’s over I still have no desire to read men.

explore-blog:

In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:

Artwork above by Joanna Walsh

Hey, I read only women authors in 2013 and now that it’s over I still have no desire to read men.

(Source: explore-blog, via chelseagunn)

If I wrote a dystopian novel it would probably be about a world in which libraries are run the way journalists seem to think they are.

Really hate it when people say, “Well just consider this my donation to the library!” while paying off fines.

It’s not a donation. It’s money you owe the library.

Who donates $1.10 and then makes a big deal of it anyway?