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An Indie State of Mind
…a library is not just a reference service: it is also a place for the vulnerable. From the elderly gentleman whose only remaining human interaction is with library staff, to the isolated young mother who relishes the support and friendship that grows from a Baby Rhyme Time session, to a slow moving 30-something woman collecting her CDs, libraries are a haven in a world where community services are being ground down to nothing. I’ve always known libraries are vital, but now I understand that their worth cannot be measured in books alone.
I know you’ve all heard about our upcoming Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party (Right? You have? If not, check out all the details over here.) I couldn’t WAIT to share all the fantastic, exclusive Night Vale items we’ll be giving attendees, though, so here’s a preview of coming attractions:
- Yes, that is a hand-painted Night Vale Community Radio mug (designed and created by our very own Children’s Librarian, Caroline.) This beauty will be one of our prizes for the evening!
- Button, button, who’s got the button? Which one of these defines YOU? All attendees will get their choice of Night Vale buttons, designed by yours truly, with favorite quotes from the series so far. It may be odd that we librarians love a show that makes us the bad guys, but we do.
- You KNOW you want one — here’s a preview of our Night Vale Public Library Card (there’s more on the back, of course.)
- And finally, we’ve teamed up with some of the greatest fan artists out in the Welcome to Night Vale community to print up gorgeous and occasionally creepy post cards for everyone to send to Cecil. We’ll only be giving these out at the event — no charge, of course, but you’ve got to be there to get one. Don’t you want to send Cecil a note? Or perhaps there’s an intern you’d like to drop a line? Our fan artists include Megan James (the most amazing Summer Reading Program poster ever); Carro R's Love is a Science at goddess-in-green.tumblr.com, and Erika over at her tumblr with the excellent (or terrible) Desert Bluffs travel poster. More post cards will be revealed that night.
Remember: open your third eye, get your tenatacles in order, and head over to the Public Library of Brookline for our Welcome to Night Vale Listening Party! Thursday, October 3rd, 6:00-8:30pm at the Main Library.
My god, this is all so much cooler than I could have hoped!
Reminder to Boston folks to go to this because I cannot!
oh. my. GOD. GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED THAT LIBRARY CARD!!
The Hartford (CT) Public Library has become the first public library in America to have staff members accredited by the Bureau of Immigrant Appeals (BIA), so they can assist immigrants with the often confusing paperwork and online forms they need to fill out to get on—and stay on—the path to permanent U.S. citizenship.
What an amazing service. Well done, HPL. It would be wonderful to see more libraries follow suit.
My article for Marketing Library Services about Books on Tap, my library-sponsored book club in bar, is up. Enjoy!