What a geeky (in a good way, of course) day. Not only is it Noah Webster‘s birthday but coincidently (probably not) today is Dictionary Day! Also, in what I think was a coincidence, my reference class assignment was due today. What did it cover? Dictionaries! weird. So go learn a new word or translate something.
Speaking of my reference class, I’m really liking it. I think I’d like to work reference someday (after Spring 2009). Speaking of Spring 2009, I finally advised the other day and that’s when I’ll be done with this degree. I feel like it seems quite far away but really close at the same time. I’m in no hurry. Anyway, reference seems like something I’d enjoy. I like the people.
It’s Banned Books Week! Unfortunately, it’s the last day of BBW and I am just now getting around to blogging about it. There are eight million and one banned books that are near and dear to my heart. Today when I was concocting this blog in my head I was trying to think of my favorite. I had a hard time because I can’t ever think of a favorite book because I have a ton. Anything I am reading, if I am enjoying it at all, becomes my current favorite. But, gun to my head, I’d have to say for sentimental reasons my favorite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Probably because I remember picking it out of the Scholastic Book Club flyer in sixth grade and not having any clue what it was going to be about. I thought maybe a bird but I wasn’t sure. Of course, I loved it and have read it many times since then. Writing this makes me want to read it again. While I try to find my copy, please share your favorite banned book.
so I would remember to watch…*
Today on LISNews I read about Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered, a special that will air every Friday night for the next 11 weeks. Apparently they are airing live from all 12 libraries and talking and showing video and audio about the respective presidents. It started with Hoover last week. I’m excited because the only thing I love better than a library is a presidential library! Unfortunately, I’ve only been to one, the LBJ library last March. I never made to Clinton’s library in Little Rock when we lived in Arkansas. But I did shake his hand! Anyway, I really love presidential memorabilia and trivia and I get C-SPAN (no History Channel here) so I will watch.
*if I do happen to forget, the broadcasts are available on C-SPAN’s website.
I found out today that September is Library Card Sign Up Month which I did not know even existed. Now I can cross that off my list of things I need to know before graduating from library school. Anyway, there is even an official spokesperson for LCSUM. This year it’s Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now I’m sure he loves to read and all that jazz but isn’t it convenient that he looks like he can beat the crap out of you if you don’t sign up for a card?
See what I mean?
But really, I guess it’s good there’s a special month to encourage people to sign up for cards and a beefy spokesperson to reinforce that it’s cool to read. Because it is. And I say do whatever works.
I’m quite embarrassed to admit that I am a not a model library patron. Today I logged in to the NPL’s website to renew my books and was denied. It seems I’ve surpassed the 10 dollar maximum fine allowed by the library. oops. I’m awful at remembering when my books are due* and it doesn’t help that I usually check out way more than I will read because, like clothes, I don’t like to “try on” books at the library. I take them home and try them out before I commit. Anyway, I didn’t get to read The Kite Runner, a book that I honestly did want to read. Instead of keeping a way overdue book, I loaded up the Frank (my 2 year old) and took it back to NPL. I would have paid my fines too but it was raining and I didn’t want to unload the Frank and his brand new lime slush from Sonic ® to go inside. I will definitely do it soon.
The situation today got me thinking about the whole idea of fines. I googled™ a little and came across this 2006 article from The Christian Science Monitor. I see both sides of the “to fine or not to fine” argument. I myself am ok with paying fines because I know I’ve done something “wrong” and I’m cool with supporting public libraries. I guess not everyone thinks this way and that fact combined with the amount of work it takes to track down negligent patrons has led to libraries eliminating fees all together. I guess that’s nice and customer-friendly but I hate that we have to compete with Amazon and Netflix and Wal*Mart and everyone else. It’s a library. You pay fines if you’re late because that’s what you do. It’s frustrating that people** would think that they are above that.
*When I am a librarian someday I’m totally voting for email reminders.
**I’m speaking of people with the means to pay. I’m not at all referring to the underprivileged.