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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Mystery of the Pilgrim

I noticed this guy hanging out in one of our program rooms today as I was going through RIF books. Now, I'm not sure why he's hanging up in there, as Thanksgiving is long over and we don't really decorate in that room anyway. I'm also not sure why he was given construction paper sunglasses or why he has a leaf taped to his hand. I'm not sure about any of these things, but maybe we're not meant to be sure. Maybe we're just supposed to embrace it.

Happy Friday, little pilgrim. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Say No to SOPA

Librarians hate censorship. Well, GOOD librarians hate censorship. I'd like to think I'm at least a decent librarian, so I'm not really a huge fan of the proposed SOPA/PIPA acts. Simply put, they just seem like a really, really, really bad idea. Read up on them if you haven't already.

A lot of websites, including Wikipedia, are blacking themselves out today in protest. I am not sure if enough people look at my site on any given day to justify doing that (plus, um, I have no idea HOW to do that). Instead, I will use this little site to encourage you to take action by contacting your elected officials (you can locate your senators here) and urging them to not support these measures. Google has also created an online petition that makes it really easy to speak up against this. Sign it! Feels good! 

Thank you for your attention. Side note: I almost typed "Say No to SOAP" in my blog title and it made me realize how easy it would be to make that mistake. Remember, kids: SOAP is good. SOPA is bad. I hope I've prevented some olfactory tragedies with this message. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Star Sighting

AMAZING NEWS, YOU GUYS. I was recently weeding non-fiction and I stumbled across an autograph from an actual celebrity written in a library book! I mean, I know it's real because all real autographs have to announce that they are autographs, right? And then instruct the reader how to find out who the celebrity is just in case the reader doesn't know, RIGHT?

General tip: when a stranger tells you to Google Image-search something, it's NEVER a bad idea. 
AND it's only fitting that this (completely real and non-fake) autograph was found written in the book about astronauts pictured below because Demi Lovato is totally the biggest STAR in the UNIVERSE! And she probably loves space exploration and that's why she was hanging out in the astronomy section of the library in the first place! And she totally probably wants to be an astronaut when she retires from whatever it is she does that makes her famous! 

Okay, I have no idea who Demi Lovato is. (A preliminary Google search shows me that she has a song out called "Give Your Heart a Break," which indicates that she and I would totally be BFF IRL.) She may very well be a huge star, but I'm too old and ignorant of pop culture to appreciate the reference. The point is: STOP WRITING IN LIBRARY BOOKS, PEOPLE. LIBRARIES AREN'T MADE OF MONEY. BOOKS DON'T GROW ON TREES well you get the point. 

Just don't do it. Or, if you must, at least pick a celebrity a certain librarian would actually find worth searching for on Google Images.