I was one of lucky ones

*Long post and rant incoming*

My Gran was a Librarian, and she was the best one…Apparently. Because, unfortunately there have been a lot of Librarians who I have felt REALLY let down their communities, over the last couple of years.

I studied to become a Librarian, and found a job for a little while. Then when I became sick, they were the first ones to dismiss me. I was shocked. That was my first bad experience with Librarians.

The next has honestly been over the last couple of years. I was then really horrified by a Librarian friend of mine who decided to jump on the “I hate Meghan Markle” bandwagon and decided MM was lying about her mental health. Her “proof” was saying that she’s British (she’s lived in Australia since the 70’s, and cannot vote in the current UK election). Her other “proof” was showing me a website of the Royal Family’s Hospital, or something? I worked with her in education, and I showed her the website of where we worked. “Nice looking website, but we know that it’s not working”.

Then I am going to be honest, I get REALLY shitty with people and especially Librarians and “readers” who “claim” that it’s the “woke mob” banning books.

I’m sorry, what?

The Right-Wing Plot To Destroy Public Libraries

Conservative Christian groups are targeting Louisiana libraries

The right in the US has a new bogeyman: libraries

Republican war on books: They don’t just want to control your body — next up, your mind

Sometimes I get told that we told that we “cancelled” Dr. Seuss Again, sorry, what? Dr Seuss is not cancelled, by any of stretch of the imagination. What ACTUALLY happened was, a Dr Seuss book that wasn’t only just racist, but no one was buying anymore, they took it out of publication.

Detractors accused liberals of “canceling” the beloved children’s author who sold more than 650 million books worldwide. But it was the company founded by Dr. Seuss’s family that decided to stop printing the six books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”18 Mar 2021 Dora Mekouar

Every single people I talked to about it, couldn’t even NAME the books that were taken out of publication.

I recently congratulated my public Library for having, front and center Juno Dawsons book “What the T”. I thanked the Library for doing that, and we all admitted to getting teary. The sad thing was, I couldn’t post that on social media, except for here. Even then I didn’t put the state I’m in, I didn’t name the Library. I didn’t even take a photo of the book, I couldn’t share it. I KNEW what would happen. What would happen? Look above.

The “woke mob” DON’T BAN THINGS, unless it’s actually harmful. Why, you may ask.

What’s It Like to Be the Target of A Book Banning Effort? School Librarian Martha Hickson Tells Her Story.

I read a story recently of a Texas Librarian who got rid of a lot of books, and I admit I was angry with her. As I read on though, suddenly it became clearer. She was doing it too LITERALLY SAVE HER OWN LIFE. How can anyone who read that, as a Librarian go “oh, it’s totally the left/woke mob” banning books. When their own fellow Librarians are having their lives threatened by the Right?

One of the reasons my Gran was beloved by a lot in her community, was she was the best Librarian, she knew EVERYTHING. She went to America to help with AIDS victims. This the Gran who now, has Dementia. So when I see Librarians who SHOULD know fucking better, I get angry for my Gran and for the people in their community. I get angry at the spread of misinformation, by Librarians, who out of all people should KNOW how to research.

For all those who are interested, here is where you can purchase some totally “cancelled” Dr Seuss stuff.

The Dr. Seuss Shop


Thursday Theories – Here’s the thing about reading

So I see that banning books is causing a lot of controversy!lol

The reason that I am putting this under Thursday Theories, is because, like a lot of things in life. Reading is a very personal thing, best left up to the individuals.

Here’s the thing, when it comes to appropriateness for a child. I think it’s best to leave it up to that child’s librarian and sometimes the parents. I grew up in Libraries, my Gran was a Library Manager, who was spread around to a lot of Libraries, because she was good. I would trust a good Librarian any day to choose books for my child.

It all comes back to the individual. You can’t just ban all books, you can’t have politicians decide what is or what is not appropriate. Although I can understand why most people would think that Librarian check in and out books. When you’ve worked in a Library for a long time, you learn about the regulars, you learn how to “read” people.

My Gran, for example, she always knew what books we would like. Even with family members who didn’t read that much, she always knew what books they would like. After all, there is no point too force someone to read if they don’t want too. Sometimes, though it takes someone, like my Gran, too get a “right” book for someone.

Reading though, is really a personal thing. Which is why a lot of the time, one can’t say well this is inappropriate for EVERYONE. Sometimes, it just isn’t. I sure as heck wouldn’t let a politician with a clear agenda decide that either though, lol. If you leave it up to anyone, trust your Librarians!

Librarians that kick some ass!

Library in the worldBook Riot – Six Bad-ass Librarians

I found this awesome article on Book Riot and they had a list of what the consider to be the most Six Bad-Ass Librarian in pop culture. I felt however they were some missing from the article! See if you agree with me.

  • Giles from “Buffy…I mean come on! He knew about a lot of monsters, demons and different demonic languages! He’d also sometimes side-by-side, fight with Buffy.
  • Now technically the greatest Library in the world, has more robots for “Librarians” than actually living breathing Librarians.
  • The of course there are all the “Librarians” in the tv series…”The Librarians”.
  • Who doesn’t know about “Belle” as the Librarian from “Once upon a time”!.
  • Mrs Phelps from “Matilda”.

Treasure your library — Bookwitch

It’s not new, this idea of saving libraries. People are working hard to prevent closures, or this idea of ‘merely’ giving the school librarian the sack, leaving the books to look after themselves. Lots of authors, and others, were out marching a couple of weeks ago in London. I wish I could have been there. And then […]

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