do you think like 600 years ago book nerds got real mad when the printing press was invented because filthy casuals could get books without having to copy them out themselves
i keep getting reblogs from the exact people i’m mocking with this post
nerds really have no self awareness
“Truly, I am vexed with yon Fake Reader Girls. Forsooth, they doth pretend to like books to gain husbands and consort with the Devil.”
It gets funnier* when you remember that this was an actual argument against giving women access to education.
*and by funnier I obviously mean more frustrating and sad
Inspired by Worthington Libraries: Blind Date with a Book!
We started with ~40 books. Two hours later, all but four had found homes with library patrons (sorry, Flush, Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Persepolis, and The ThingsThey Carried, they don’t know what they’re missing).
Now, to send forth a new fleet of exciting books into student arms. Whew!
Love the idea!!!
A librarian friend is doing this; she’s had to restock once already.
Ok so that one on the left in the bottom right photo is definitely The Golden Compass (/Nothern Lights if you’re in the UK); the one next to it is possibly T’Witches?; the one lying down in the top photo sounds like Cory Doctorow’s For the Win but I could be wrong; and I can’t make out any of the rest except the standing-up one in the top, and someone needs to tell me what it is so I can read it.
MY days among the Dead are past;
Around me I behold,
Where’er these casual eyes are cast,
The mighty minds of old:
My never-failing friends are they,
With whom I converse day by day.
With them I take delight in weal
And seek relief in woe;
And while I understand and feel
Conceived in an effort to more judiciously represent ethnic and cultural diversity in YA fiction, this provocative collection, edited by SF author Buckell and literary agent Monti explores dystopian themes through multiple lenses. Instead of the usual white faces, the stories feature protagonists from a broader spectrum, all doing their best to survive in hostile or frightening settings. While there’s not a single misfire in this anthology, particular works stand out. Ellen Oh’s “The Last Day” takes place in a world torn apart by a decades-long war, while K. Tempest Bradford’s “The Uncertainty Principle” sees time travel constantly altering one girl’s surroundings. Malinda Lo’s “The Good Girl” is a prickly love story set against the desire for a better life, and Cindy Pon’s “Blue Skies” is almost painful in its longing for escape. Not only do these stories feature racially diverse casts, set all over the world or in space, some have gay and lesbian protagonists, giving readers plenty with which to identify. Happy endings are infrequent, but readers will eagerly immerse themselves in each vividly constructed world.
(Via like everyone on Twitter.)
Learn from CSAs. This is a longshot, but look: People know generally what they want, but not exactly what they want. In the case of the CSA, some people want good vegetables, grown locally. They want them because they know that eating local vegetables is good for them, for their community and even for their planet. They accept the fact that every two weeks, they’ll be given a box of vegetables that they didn’t choose. It’s a fun and healthy challenge. Can libraries recreate this? Would you be interested in receiving a package of three books, delivered right to your doorstep, based on your history with the library and/or your geography? Above, I said algorithms don’t tickle my fancy. Here, I’m saying, What if they could?
Beautiful Libraries | Austrian National Library, Vienna
So what you’re telling me is that the Beauty and the Beast library is a real place?