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Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby SquarePeg » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:42 pm

I came across a brilliant quote about librarians by Paula Poundstone and posted it in our place for quotes.

It happened at the same time we were discussing Repair Cafes.

So here's the question:

Do libraries subvert capitalism? If so, how are they able to survive? Why are they permitted to siphon away the economy?

Consider that libraries...
  • Offer to share books and other media (including computer software) to a community so that its members do not have to buy them. This even in the strict age of Digital Rights Management and End User License Agreements.
  • Lend museum passes, which allow members to enter such places free of charge.
  • Host such things as Repair Cafes, which allow patrons to keep using their broken goods rather than buy new (or used ones).
  • Provide opportunities to learn so that members do not have to pay for training.
  • Lend tools, small appliances and technology so that members don't have to buy or rent them.
  • Maintain a stock of heirloom and heritage seeds, despite agrobusiness' ultimate desire to be the sole source of all seed-based crop.
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby SquarePeg » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:58 pm

I'll just add a mention of the Haskell Free Library and Opera House which was built on the border of USA and Canada.

Americans and Canadians may enter and freely cross from one country to the other while inside.

But apparently, the governments may be cracking down.
https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Canada,_U. ... 27_library

Maybe we need to build libraries on our border with Mexico! ;)
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby k8k8 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:15 am

very interesting thoughts

SquarePeg wrote:Why are they permitted to siphon away the economy?

excellent question i'm not sure if i have ever asked before. I don't know? maybe because they have always been underestimated? - I think that's what the PP quote you posted was saying?
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:05 pm

I love libraries.
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby inspiresuccess » Wed May 08, 2019 10:06 pm

I'm reading The Book Shop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Definitely recommend it for library lovers and book lovers.
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Postby Elaine Glimme » Thu May 09, 2019 7:54 am

Thanks, Inspire. That sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:19 pm

A new TV series (new to me) is called The Librarians. It's just another clever adventure series with things happening in history but it was fun to see how the people love to learn. The original hero had 22 degrees and had to be persuaded to head up an adventure group and quit going to school.

The same week I discovered in the NY Times Book Review a book about Christopher Columbus's son who spent his life gathering together all the books (plus art, recipes, poetry and dozens of other things on one sheet of paper). He kept tract of all the books he found and kept a great library. What a Scanner!! What a book lover!
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Postby BarbaraSher » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:23 pm

Here's more info (I bought the book - it just arrived!)

THE CATALOGUE OF SHIPWRECKED BOOKS
Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World’s Greatest Library
By Edward Wilson-Lee

It looks like real fun!
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby Elaine Glimme » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:50 pm

By an interesting coincidence, I'm heading for the library in a few minutes. They have the DVDs of The Librarians.
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Postby BarbaraSher » Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:26 pm

Oh that's great, Elaine! I thought it was a new series!
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby Elaine Glimme » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:20 am

[quote="SquarePeg"

Do libraries subvert capitalism? If so, how are they able to survive? Why are they permitted to siphon away the economy?

Consider that libraries...
  • Offer to share books and other media (including computer software) to a community so that its members do not have to buy them. This even in the strict age of Digital Rights Management and End User License Agreements.
  • Lend museum passes, which allow members to enter such places free of charge.
  • Host such things as Repair Cafes, which allow patrons to keep using their broken goods rather than buy new (or used ones).
  • Provide opportunities to learn so that members do not have to pay for training.
  • Lend tools, small appliances and technology so that members don't have to buy or rent them.
  • Maintain a stock of heirloom and heritage seeds, despite agrobusiness' ultimate desire to be the sole source of all seed-based crop.
[/quote]

Not to mention free internet, books for about a dollar, and people who help you when you can't figure something out. Did I mention FREE INTERNET??????

If you haven't been to a library in a while, check yours out, especially if your income is limited. Different libraries offer different services (Ours doesn't offer the tools and appliances that Square Peg mentioned.) I bet you'll be surprised - in a good way.
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby SquarePeg » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:49 am

More ways that Libraries Rule:
  • Workshops -- You can learn from local experts who conduct seminars on, say, LinkedIn, Resume Writing, Social Media, Photography, Zentangle, World Cuisine.
  • Workshops -- You can teach workshops. This can help you hone your skills and refine your presentation in preparation for taking it to the next level. You might even be able to charge a nominal fee for the activity.
  • Exhibit Space -- Librarians are willing to "rent out" wall space or cabinet space for local artists to showcase their work. My first exhibit was supposed to be "Shelter Cats" and feature about 10 8" x 10" framed photographs of cats from a local no-kill shelter. It's a great initiation into living the life of an artist.
  • Work Experience for Youth -- Many libraries "hire" teens to shelve books or work on special projects, usually on a volunteer basis. This is a great way to acquire life skills / work experience. As well, some school programs require hours of community service before they will graduate you. Would you rather be cleaning out the pig pen at a local farm (as my daughter did for a short time) or help out in a nice cool (mostly non-smelly) library?
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby inspiresuccess » Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:45 pm

Thanks, SquarePeg, for your list. The art on my library wall is always the local artist group. I didn't know that the space could be "Rented". The large library in the area always has a weird combo of art. I always thought it was poorly curated but maybe it's because the space is rented.

Thanks for taking the time to make your list.
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby inspiresuccess » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:22 pm

One of the things I love about my local library is they have comfy arm chairs where I can sit and read and look out the window at trees. It's nice to read in an environment with other people also reading. In psychology it's called "parallel play". Parents sometimes try to get their kids to "play with each other" and don't realize that parallel play is a form of playing that kids and adults both enjoy.

When I took the train recently I had a book with me. I sat down and noticed that I had inadvertently sat where everyone around me had a book. I looked to the other side and it was a group of people all on their phones!
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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

Postby Elaine Glimme » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:00 am

inspiresuccess wrote:One of the things I love about my local library is they have comfy arm chairs where I can sit and read and look out the window at trees. It's nice to read in an environment with other people also reading. In psychology it's called "parallel play". Parents sometimes try to get their kids to "play with each other" and don't realize that parallel play is a form of playing that kids and adults both enjoy.

When I took the train recently I had a book with me. I sat down and noticed that I had inadvertently sat where everyone around me had a book. I looked to the other side and it was a group of people all on their phones!



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