In my dad’s neighborhood the public library is having issues because there have been 32 instances this year of people defacing books about the Holocaust.
Sometimes it is just people writing things like “lies!” And “Fuck the Holocaust” or arguing in the margins but some of them are beyond repair because people will obscure the text so horribly or people will paste in printed off articles about Holocaust denial.
That just feels so violent to me.
And maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal but previously there was only one instance of this, in 2014. And in general while the library circulates over 220,000 books, only about 100 per year come back with writing or highlighting in them at all. So like, yeah, this is a big deal. This isn’t normal.