For me, it’s not just about working in a small library as it is about working in my community. Like I said before, I live in Ferguson (in fact, I grew up here), and I’m well aware of the challenges that we and the communities surrounding us face. Getting this job feels like my opportunity to not only give back, but to also help make a difference in the lives of our children and teens.
Zombie Dr. Seuss

Call in to the library:
Caller: “I see you have events posted in your site about Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March.”
Me: “Yes ma’am. A lot of our libraries will be having events and storytimes featuring his books.”
Caller: “I’m with a daycare. Can Dr. Seuss come to our daycare to read to the kids?”
Me: “We could probably send a LIBRARIAN to read to your students.”
Caller: “But not Dr. Seuss?”
Me: “Sorry, no.”
Caller: “Well, why not?”
Me: “He’s been dead for about 25 years now.”  

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So a couple days ago I made a comment on a post of the above picture where others were commending a sign from a high school library where a librarian was seemingly happy Fifty Shades was banned there, and subsequently shared my frustrations with other librarians on Facebook, and one of them made an alternative sign! (shared here with permission)

Again, there are plenty of reasons for a high school library to not have a book in their collection. Maybe they have a tiny budget and can’t afford it or it doesn’t fit their mission criteria.

However, not having a book in a library only because of unappealing moral or aesthetic aspects of the book is censorship

If you don’t like a book or a film, you don’t have to watch or read it. If someone else has a question about about a book or a film you don’t like, have a discussion with them about the work rather than simply not allowing them to engage with it. The former is a sign of a progressive culture, the latter of a regressive one.

First, and frankly, I find the position “because we don’t have X readers in my library, we don’t need X books” to be racist. This position implies that we as selectors view diverse books as inherently less-than. If we argue that only black youth will want to read about black youth, we are really saying that the experiences of black youth have no relevance or meaning to youth of any other race. We are saying that the experiences of the youth in the books we do buy have broader relevance and resonance. That is the very definition of otherizing and making a particular perspective, experience, or group less-than.

The position that “because we don’t have X readers in my library, we don’t need X books” also denotes a fundamental lack of respect for the children we are supposed to be serving. It suggests that we think our young readers cannot handle, relate to, or be expected to understand an experience that does not mirror their own. Not collecting—and collecting but not promoting—titles with diverse protagonists projects the selector’s own bias onto the reader instead of letting readers freely encounter stories and information.

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so yeah my fav show ever aint gettin the rep it deserves pLS

edit: i forgot that slide there. the first one in the text. it’s supposed to be fourth. im a lil silly rn.