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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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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

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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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

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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Re: Librarians -- My Favorite Superheroes

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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