If you go to libraries and if you shop at Thriftbooks (both of which I recommend) then you may already know this fact. But if you don’t, let me enlighten you;
These places are breeding grounds for BED BUGS.
No this is not me telling you to stop. No this is not me calling that places dirty or gross. This is just the consequence of book sharing. Because these books trade hands and houses in a wonderful and perfect system of intellectual freedom. And I think that’s beautiful. But when a book trades houses that many times it’s prone to pick up something. That something is usually bed bugs.
Due to their natural structuring, books are ideal homes. And once a book returns to the library or the warehouse, these bedbugs wiggle out and find more places to burrow and breed.
And here’s another fun fact. Unlike ants, bed bugs are not social insects. They don’t like each other. So if you think you can just put down a single trap and catch them all, you’re wrong. They don’t work like that. If you poison one, it won’t go home and do a secret handshake with a hundred other of its friends. It’ll just die. If you kill one, you’ve only killed one.
Why am I telling you this? To scare you? To ward you away? Of course not. I’m just here to make sure you’re aware AND to introduce you to something that could save you a shit ton of grief.
The moment you bring the book home or take it out of its packaging, PUT THAT FUCKER INTO THE FREEZER.
NO. THAT’S NOT A JOKE. MOVE THE LEAN CUISINE OUT OF THE WAY AND POP THAT SUCKER INTO THE FREEZER!!!
Extreme cold and extreme heat kills bed bugs. And since we’re not Trump and holding book burnings is generally looked down upon, we do the next best thing. Freeze it. No, it won’t damage the book. A few days in there will only leave it cold and bug free. But if you’re worried, pop it into a large Ziplock before you do.
Read safe and stay bug free, my bookish friends! 📚📚📖
“The library is not just an information center. It’s always been a refuge for anyone to come to, whatever status in society. For people, intellectuals, pseudo-intellectuals, for lonely people. For every walk of life.”
Had a weird teary moment today because I love the library and I love books and life feels so fast and all over the place and everything is out of my control, which is a good thing really but it’s hard to see that right now. Then I remembered that control doesn’t really exist so, whatever
The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal
budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS),
the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library
funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA),is included
in the list of independent agencies whose budgets the proposal
There’s an easy way for you to help
- call your Senator today and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters supporting LSTA and IAL.
These letters support $186.6 million for the Library
Services and Technology Act, which goes to every state in the country
for them to decide how best to use it, and $27 million for the
Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program that buys books and other
supplies for kids from the poorest communities across the country. For more information about these programs, check out our other posts about appropriations.
Members of the Senate have only until May 19th to sign the separate LSTA and IAL “Dear
Appropriator” letters now circulating.
Use ALA’s Legislative Action Center today
to ask your Senators to sign both the LSTA and IAL letters. Many Members of Congress will only sign such a letter if their
constituents ask them to, so it’s up to you to help save LSTA and IAL
from elimination or significant cuts.
Five minutes of your time could help preserve over $210 million in library funding now at risk.