All ready for storytime!
“ Balis again confronted the ALA delegation on the mission of libraries, questioning whether e-book access was for the “less fortunate” that libraries are, in part, there to serve or for “wealthy residents of Greenwich [Conn.] who just want to have a lot of nice, free access to a lot of books? ”
Librarian Patience Has Run out on E-Book Lending Issues, Library Association Says | Digital Book World
Okay. I’ll bite.
So what Mr. Balis is saying is that if a person is wealthy, that person should not be granted access to e-books at the Library. Cool. That sounds reasonable.
Except it completely misses the point of public libraries, democracy, and the main tenets of how to be a decent human.
Libraries are not for the “less fortunate” and I frankly find that assumption very offensive to people who are actually “less fortunate.” Libraries are institutions with collections developed to meet the needs of a community.
You are wrong, Mr. Balis. And I am drinking a lot of coffee so I am going to tell you how wrong you are.
Yes. What youtastelikenachos said. It also reminds us all that if you have an iPhone or a tablet or an ereader then you are clearly not less fortunate. Eff that! I know a homeless lady who was given one of those old first generation nooks that she refills with books here at the library and then she has 10 books with her but she doesn’t have to lug them around!
I know plenty of 20/30 somethings who have no job but are trying to stay connected in our increasingly digital world who have a smart phone and love being able to use that to read. And all you need to use the downloadable audiobooks is a library computer and an mp3 player. You can buy one used off of Amazon for $2.
Just because someone owns “stuff” does not mean they shouldn’t be using the library. The library is here for everyone, not just those that y’all deem the deserving poor.
ARR ME MATEYS THE BEST STORYTIME O THE YEAAARRRRRR IS IN TWEEEENTY MINUTES SO ALL YE LANDLUBBIN THREE YEARRRRRR OLDS COME READ SOME BOOKS WITH ME! ARRRR IS FOR READ!
Wednesday is the biggest holiday of the year and I am of course celebrating it. I do a 3s storytime on Wednesday mornings and I’ve made little finger puppets for all the kids that we use every week to tell a story together. This week, obviously, the puppets are going to be pirates so I’m making them all tiny pirate hats.
Is it just me or does it look like I have a page full of butt silhouettes?
I’m at work with a fever (I know I KNOW but I am only here for 4 hours today) and our catalog has gone down. We can’t check you out, we can’t check you in, we can’t tell you if that book is available. We can’t tell you if we own that book. I mean - I can figure out where the book should be if we have it and checkout can write down your card number and the books you’re taking but darn if this isn’t a pain.
Also I have a fever so my encyclopedic knowledge of authors isn’t up and running like it usually is. Kids are like “where are the Sister’s Grimm books?” And my brain can’t pull up “Buckley!” And then other kids are like “where are the books on penguins?” and my brain can’t pull up “598.47” - I mean, obviously it did eventually or I would not have been able to write that but it took me a good long 30 seconds of blank staring before the answer came to me!
Guys! Someone drew a teeny tiny penis in The Hundred Dresses! Happy Birthday Me!
(Why am I laughing so hard at this?)
Today in zero circ books. I’m thinking of putting it out on display with a sign that says, “SERIOUSLY people? If it weren’t for this book The Hunger Games wouldn’t exist! Check this book out right now and get it off my zero circ list.” (I think I have to work a little on my wording)
I’ve always assumed that if The Most Dangerous Game and The Lottery had a baby and that baby was raised on reality television then the baby would be The Hunger Games.
You know you’re a Children’s Librarian when…
You know that “Six Little Ducks” and “Five Little Ducks” are different songs and are willing to burst into song no matter what the occasion to prove the point.
Kindle eBooks Now Available At Public Libraries
Speaking strictly as one of the three downloadable book support staff at my library, this made me cry.
Finally! I’ve just downloaded 2 borrowed books — onto my iPhone Kindle app! One’s by Neal Stephenson and the other by William Gibson. Perfect! Now if only the selection would increase by 10,000 books….
Really? I’m beyond excited! I mean - I’m one of 10ish who specialize in overdrive but my library is pretty big! Also the rumour is (from my coworkers who have dealt with Kindles today) that Kindle downloading is super super easy. And I’m a huge fan of that!
But OP, Overdrive has been available for the iPhone for ages! There’s an Overdrive app in the app store and everything.
I just went to an webinar through PLA about circulating e-readers. It was FANTASTIC! But at one point in time someone said, “interest in ebooks is on the rise.” The next thing I knew I’d doodled 3 verses of a parody version of On the Rise all about ebooks and closing the Digital Divide.
I think I’m officially the nerdiest nerd that ever nerded.
Apropos of Nothing - a random pet peeve
So often in books the character will run into a library where the librarian hates letting people use the books. Said librarian wants the books on the shelves and in the proper order at all times.
Every other month I get a list of books from various sections of the library (I just got one for the 400s) that have not been checked out in 18 months. My job is to go through these books and decide if I can change their circ history and get them moving or if I should give them up as a lost cause and get them out of my library. Why do I do this? Because books that don’t get used have no place in my library. I just reordered a book that was falling apart - it had 147 circs. One hundred forty-seven people had taken that book out of the library and read it and some had loved it and some had hated it and maybe some checked it out and never got around to reading it but by golly they planned on reading it! THIS is what these books are here for!
Librarians in books make me sad. They need to meet some real live librarians and figure out how to do their job!
Sweetest Thing Ever: Selling Cookies and Lemonade For Libraries
Here is something unspeakably amazing to brighten up your Monday morning - little six-year-old Helen Stone spent her Sunday outside her Morningside Heights apartment selling homemade cookies and lemonade to support The New York Public Library. According to her mom Robin Aronson, Helen (who uses the 115th Street, Morningside Heights and St. Agnes libraries with her family) has long wanted to have a lemonade stand, and decided to give her earnings to NYPL so “the library could buy more books for people.” And she did quite well - Aronson happily reported that “many people were very happy to support the library! Our second sale went to a guy who gave us $10 for a cookie and 2 lemonades!” She also said, “I personally can’t quite get over the magic of the library. You can just take books- for free!” How great is that? NYPL Wire just happened to stroll by the stand yesterday and couldn’t resist taking a few pictures. I mean, it’s just SO cute. And the cookies and lemonade were quite delicious, by the way. Check out more pics below, and if you love NYPL, check out ways you can give to the Library!
More on the Harper Collins/Overdrive Kerfuffle
I don’t know who of you is following the Harper Collins/Overdrive story but both Harper Collins and Overdrive have weighed in on their side of the stories. For the record - I’m not mad at Overdrive. It seems like Harper Collins told them it was their way or the highway and Overdrive decided to let libraries decide if they wanted to put up with HC’s poop. And HC is full of poop but what does that mean? Should we stop buying their books and punish the authors and editors who make their living through Harper Collins? Should we deprive patrons of the books published by Harper Collins? Do we give in to Harper Collins’ demands? I don’t know and I have something long and posty brewing but it isn’t ready yet.
For now let me just say that the fact that the fact that Harper Collins has named their blog “Library Love Fest” angers me greatly. Also? I understand the need to keep your products viable blah blah blah but 26 circs? TWENTY SIX CIRCS? If I only get 26 circs out of a book, that sucks. Most books get 80-100 before they fall apart so comparing 26 circs to what would happen with regular print books is bollocks.