You: villains monologue to allow the hero time and opportunity to escape

Me, an intellectual: villains monologue because it’s free therapy and everyone needs a little catharsis every once in a while

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Happy National Library Workers Day! May your break room snacks be plentiful and your library snakes scheduled and well supervised!

“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”

—  Murakami Haruki, from Sputnik Sweetheart

Usually we don’t really like when people are writing in the library books but it’s kinda sweet that they liked the book you know.
The scribbles in pencil read “This is the most beautiful book I’ve read in my entire life. - 5 May 2018.”

Action Alert: Protect Federal Library Funding
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Originally posted by cooliambatman

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 recommends eliminating.

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.

Want to do even more to protect libraries? Sign up to participate on National Library Legislative Day or sign up for our Thunderclap.

"Bendy books" is the thing apparently

So back to work and the kids, having their weird requests…

Boy, age 9: Do you have any bendy kinda books?
Me: ??? (I guess I even looks like a question mark because then the boy asks me a new question)
Boy, age 9: Don’t you know what a bendy book is? ( Here he takes out one of the books from the nearest shelf and tries to show me what a bendy book is like - i.e. you can bend it, except the books he is demonstrating with is not a ‘bendy’ book).

A little while later he comes up to the information desk with a paperback, shoves it under my nose and says proudly: this is a bendy book whereupon he begins to bend the whole book, back and forth, demonstrating it’s bendiness…

Inner me: You’re not supposed to do that…my poor books..my babies…

Me: Aha, that’s a bendy book huh…