Library Love!

It sure does feel like the last Friday of the month has rolled around again. I don’t know about you but July flew by. So I guess it’s time for a little slice of optimism served on a neat digital plate. I’m very happy to be part of the “We Are The World Blogfest” once again – cause the world needs to be a little bit more bright and cheery.

Now if you’re at all connected to the book world, you might have heard about an article that was getting a lot of attention earlier this week. Forbes released an opinion piece from an Economics department chair regarding the value of libraries. His verdict? That they should be replaced with Amazon instead.

If you love your libraries as much as I do, you can imagine the type of backlash that comment received. Forbes pulled the article, citing pretty much that the author of the opinion piece was misinformed, like apologizing for a burned piece of toast and quickly removing it from the kitchen table. Kudos to them for acting quickly and not just racking up the hits that this article would surely have continued to receive.

The part that really made me want to share this story this Friday with all of you though was the reaction on Twitter. That was where the majority of the backlash came from, and people came out of the woodwork to defend their libraries and to reconnect with their love of these sacred public spaces.

 

If you want to see more of these tweets and responses, check out this fantastic collection! I hope this helps you not only appreciate the libraries that you have, but that there are still a whole bunch of people who will also leap to defend them. Happy Friday, everybody!

Article Dropoff

Found a few interesting articles today that I thought others might appreciate.

  • Changing the Subject: On Darkness — Sarah Porter From YA: Outside the Lines. I thought this was an interesting take from an author who’s published a darkly themed YA novel herself and the feedback she got on it. Considering the types of stories she describes kids of that age writing, it’s strange to think that that same content wouldn’t be considered for them to read. Personally I’d rather see it first in a book before I ever had to deal with themes like that in real life.
  • How to Donate an Ebook to a Library As someone who’s looking to buy an ebook reader in the next few months (holding out for a tax refund), I found this very interesting. There’s a large variety of books available for ebook checkout now from your local library, but as you can imagine, not as many as you’d like to see. The only drawback I see to doing this is that you have to purchase the license ability for the library to use, where normally you’d just drop the read book off. With library hours becoming thinner and due to our library’s very small book supply, having the option to checkout more eBooks is definitely a plus to me.