Violence continues to erupt in Ferguson, Mo., more than a week after the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old’s family demands justice be brought to their…
Do you have a good tag that I should follow for bedtime stories to read aloud to 6-8 year olds? My list currently includes Roald Dahl (generally), Harry Potter (the series), Jules Verne (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Little House on the Prairie (the series, which my parents read to me), Ramona Quimby.
Shoot—I honestly don’t know and don’t have the wherewithal at the moment to research read-aloud hashtags myself right now.
Flipping through the TV stations last night I swear I heard some dude saying “we fought robo-warlocks!” Brandon claims they said nothing of the sort. I’m kinda sad because I so want to watch robo-warlocks taking down some dudebro with a smirk.
Hey, I'm 15 and I'm considering being a public librarian. I'm not sure though, because over the past month or two I've been considering other careers I though I'd be good at, and later realizing they're not right for me. I want to have a plan, a set goal I can work towards, but I need to know what I want to be to do that. I love libraries, and I love reading (even though I haven't finished a book since April or so.) I don't know... I'm not passionate enough about anything to dedicate my life.
OH MY GOODNESS you are in for such a treat because you’re 15 and the world is your oyster! The beauty of public librarianship is that you can come at it from almost any angle. I have coworkers who majored in engineering, Spanish, Math, Business, English, Computer Science - I have coworkers who spent years abroad in Japan, England, Spain - all knowledge is helpful to being a librarian because we help people find knowledge, ya know? My coworker who used to be a knitting teacher? Now she does knitting programs for the library along with her other library stuff. My coworker who used to be an engineer helps put together the most amazing crafts you’ve ever seen. We have a librarian who specializes in Business, one who specializes in Early Literacy. We have reader’s advisory librarians who help people find good books to read and we have library workers who are amazing singers and bring that to their storytimes. It’s all helpful.
So if your plan is to become a librarian then learn everything that interests you. Learn it all! Find something that you’re passionate about and learn as much as you can get your hands on. After you’ve finished college if librarianship still feels right to you then go get your masters in Library and Information Sciences from an ALA accredited school and join us!
A bit of warning - currently the library world is very full of librarians with their degree who can’t find a job because the library world is in flux. I can’t tell you what will be going on in libraries in 10 years when you’ll be done with your degree and I don’t know how that will have changed but I promise you that libraries will still be around and we’ll still need passionate, dedicated people ready to spread information around like plum jam on a buttery scone.
I was upstairs taking care of dishes and I came downstairs to help Pippa with her tooth brushing and she was PAINTING ON THE MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM WITH HER TOOTHPASTE AND TOOTHBRUSH. So, I know that in a few days this will be hysterical. I’m raising my own Ramona Quimby! But right now? I had to walk away because I was so angry and I don’t want to be a yelly parent. Especially because her excuse was that “oops! I forgot!” OHMIGOSH WHAT DID YOU FORGET? NOT TO PAINT ON THE BATHROOM MIRROR WITH TOOTHPASTE? So. Please, internet, laugh for me? Because objectively I see the funny. And I want someone else to for real see the funny.
I just went to the CNN page and that paragraph you circled is not there. What's going on here?
CNN is a dynamic site that is constantly updating? I put the article as a click-through so clearly I wasn’t trying to take part in some global conspiracy. The CNN article currently says it was updated at 8:47 EST. I made my post around 12:30ish CST? IDK exactly when. Sometime before 1.
So the chief of police made another announcement, CNN updated their article, a paragraph gets cut. That’s what’s going on here.
Every once in awhile I get this weirdo anon who hates me because she hates my sister and she wants to make us both feel bad about … something? I don’t even know. But aside from that person I’ve never gotten any anon hate.
Today, though? Oh my goodness lordy lord. Some of y’all anons are just so intent on telling me what I said, (did y’all know it’s my fault that anonymous released the wrong police officer’s name? Apparently it is!) and anons seem split right down the middle about people who are telling me to “quit acting like u know what happened” and anons who are telling me exactly what happened because apparently they know.
There’s a folktale I love where a poor man with a large family is feeling frustrated with all the noise and commotion in his house. He goes to a wise person to seek council. The wise person offers an answer: Do you have a chicken? he says. Yes, says the man. Bring it into your house, he says. This will help. So he does.
He goes back the next day and says to the wise person, Now it’s even noisier than before! The wise person says Do you have a pig? The man says Yes. Bring it into your house, says the wise person. This will help. So he does.
He goes back the next day and says to the wise person, Now it’s even WORSE than before! The wise person says Do you have a cow? The man says Yes. Bring it into your house, says the wise person. This will help. So he does.
He goes back the next day and says to the wise person, Life has become completely untenable! I can’t move a muscle in my own house and the noise is unbearable! So the wise person says Hmm. Take the chicken and the pig and the cow out of your house and put them back in the yard.
So he does. It’s like a miracle. The house feels roomy and quiet. The man is grateful.
I don’t want to minimize the amount of healing and hope Capt. Johnson brought to Ferguson last night. Those are real people who need and deserve a break. But I also feel like I can hear white liberals all over the country closing their laptops with a satisfied sigh and I don’t want to be that person.
Do any of y’all’s libraries do something different with your Summer Reading Program (like - other than “read this many books/minutes and get a prize) like Nashville or Downer’s Grove? I would love love LOVE to hear about it. One summer reading ends and we start planning the next one right away, eh?
…You realize that the protesters are also from Missouri, right? Like, whatever, everyone blows off steam on the internet in their own way, but it’s that completely non-contributory FUCK THIS PLACE thing that makes it difficult for people who are not from widely covered coastal areas to educate you about what’s going on in their communities.
Once again K says exactly what I was thinking. This isn’t happening in MO because the people there are any more racist than your beloved redacted hippieville or wherever. Look at stop and frisk in NYC. Look at what is going down in Chicago starting tomorrow. There are racists everywhere - be ready to lend your voice in support of your neighbor because this is not limited to Ferguson.
“Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’, believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’.”—Terry Pratchett, Snuff (via ameliaswearheart)
"average Capulet hates 3 things a year" factoid actualy just statistical error. average Capulet hates 0 things a year. Tybalt Capulet Georg, who lives in Verona & hates peace, hell, all Montagues, and thee is an outlier adn should not have been counted
I just got an email from School Library Journal about the latest viral video that is being turned into a book and this time I have not even heard of it! Where’s my youth cred now? I used to be so hip I could hardly even see over my own pelvis* and now I hear about a thing after it has been viral so long it’s getting it’s own book? FOR SHAME, LP!
*note: I have never been hip but I’ll do anything to fit a Douglas Adams reference in wherever I can
I went away for half an hour and when I came back Robin Williams was dead. In scrolling back through that half an hours worth of posts (not that long, guys) and I see 4 “ugh, stop with the Robin Williams” “other people died too, ya know” sorts of posts. Like - dudes. Stop. If people want to mourn, let them mourn. We all know there is terrible other shit going on and we’re all aware of that other terrible awful shit. Let me cry alone in my office over my BK chicken fries over this guy who had a profound effect on my childhood.
What I want out of life is for librarianpirate to continue doing Spiders Georg parodies until she has enough to publish an entire collection and then I want to put it in a time capsule and/or send it into space for future civilizations to study and assume it comprises some kind of daily devotional rites.
“You know those basic lessons we try to teach to our littlest patrons? The ones we hope will foster empathy, growth, thoughtfulness in them? The ones we hope will make them better people as they grow? They can – and should – apply to us too. It can be a much easier first step if you’ll just think of it along those lines.
I was just helping a patron who wants books for her 9 year old son. She specifically was looking for a book he read and loved in France last year (she has no idea if it was originally a French book or if it has ever been translated into English if so) about 5 superheros and the villain makes a rock explode and they all turn into little kids then they’re little kids for the rest of the adventure(s). She didn’t know if this was a graphic novel or regular novel or if this was a series or stand alone.
The girls and I are finally getting around to watching Ever After which I don’t think I’ve watched since 2004ish. Is it just unreasonably geeky of me that I’m annoyed that they credit The Brothers Grimm with collecting Cinderella?
Is there anyone else who finds Kim Kardashian: Hollywood just sad? I mean - I’m completely absorbed, obvs, (give me a good sims knock-off anyday!) but - I just really hope this isn’t KK’s life? People are only my friend if they thing they can get something out of me. I can’t sit down next to somebody and be all “dude! You’re a writer? Lets talk books!” I have to network with them or flirt with them and then they respond based on whether or not they think hanging out with me will further their own agendas. I find myself talking to Isabella Smith everytime I walk through LAX just because she’s one of the few polite people in this whole cyber world.
I keep thinking about Kim, raised in the lap of luxury, yes, but still just a pretty young girl when she got brutally and publically betrayed by someone she trusted enough to make a sex tape with and then is thrust into this world of paparazzi and sycophantic stranger friends none of whom care about who you really are! I hope she has real friends. Maybe if I watched Keeping up with the Kardashians I’d know? Maybe this silly game is just what everyone thinks Hollywood is and it’s really a big ole slumber party every night. Here’s hoping.
In other news, does anyone want to be my friend in this game? If so, I’m the lady in the pink hoodie wandering around Downtown LA touching random objects and hoping they give me enough energy to “get comfy” on that couch over there.