Some of the questions seemed like trick questions and some were straightforward. Birth date, city of birth and first name were easy. Others, like the question about "hair color," were more challenging. Did they mean What is your original hair color?
Library Squad! A group of enraged middle-aged librarians. We're brainy. We're relentless. We'll hunt you down. We'll never give up. We know the Dewey Decimal system and we're not afraid to use it. And we always get our book. And if you resist? We'll shush you. Permanently.
It's been two years since I've been on the road with my bicycle and typewriter, and I have to say, I've missed those long, contemplative hours between towns, and the unexpected pleasure of finding instant home in the faces of the strangers I met.
There is no doubt that technology has had a lasting impact on libraries. Once thought to be going the way of traditional bookstores, libraries have rebounded and are thriving in a technology fueled world.
In a time when reading seems to be less of a priority for people, it was heartening to see so many willing to give money to the Chicago Library Foundation and celebrate the Chicago Public Library and Chicago authors.
Acton Public Library is allowing patrons to pay off their book fines in food donated to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, an incredible organization in its own right that does a lot of good for needy families living on the Connecticut shoreline.
The Tea Party argues that a library tax increase of any size, no matter how trivial, is unwarranted because of economic hardship. A far more compelling argument is that times of economic distress demand a larger, not as smaller information commons.