If you seriously think librarians do nothing but sit around all day reading books, then please read this book. If you think libraries and librarians are or should be obsolete, please read this book. If you know a librarian, give them a hug and ask, “Which crazy patron did you have to deal with today?” Librarians are superheros. You disagree? Then read this book.
Libraries fill a different space in each person’s life. They can be the place where you get free books, the place where you get free internet access, the place where you take your kids for Story-time, the place where you took your one and only yoga class, the place where you took your new tablet/e-reader and were shown how to use it or took a computer basics class, where you took your resume for critique and got a job with take resume, should I keep going? ‘Cause I can.
Libraries are the hub of communities. They are the one true place where a person regardless of whatever variable are equal and are around people they may not meet in regular day life. Libraries are 3rd spaces in communities, meaning a place that isn’t home or school/work. Libraries are needed and always will be. Will they change? Yes! Just like every other aspect of society, they’re going to change.
If you’re even a little bit curious about anything I’ve said, read this book full of stories from librarians across the country (even the world) and what a normal day is like for them. If you can’t afford/don’t want to buy the book, check out the Tumblr here. It’s hilarious, even if you don’t work in a library. I recommend it and the book.