Are you a bibliophile?
So right now and my fellow library co-workers are in a fierce competition. Our new display is “Staff Picks” in which each one of us picks our favorite books and um, displays them. However, the fun part is that the staff member who gets the most check-outs of their picks- wins! Wins what? Um…nothing. Bragging rights though. So far I’m no where near the lead but I’m determined. So far I’ve only had three of my favorites chosen:
The Midwife’s Apprentice
by Karen Cushman
The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Patterson
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
There’s plenty of time for me to pull into the lead :)
The Bibliophilefile’s BACK TO BASICS Pledge
If you’re like me you’ve noticed (with some sadness) that things in the book community of tumblr seem a little less uplifting lately. I, for one, won’t go down without a fight. Because Hermione had it right - our relationships are more important (even than the books). Even the books we really, really love that have inspired and saved us. They won’t inspire and save everyone the same way. And that’s OK.
I feel it’s time to get back to basics, and for me that means pledging to three principles:
1) Reading is not about the numbers. I don’t care if you have read half a book this year or fifty. Reading is not about cramming in as much as you can…unless you WANT to be cramming it in. Someone who reads less is not less well-read, nor less entitled to be here and voice their love of books and their opinion;
2) And on that note: everyone is entitled to their opinion. If I disagree, I pledge to do it gently. To do it in the spirit of debate and open mindedness. As Walt Whitman said, "be curious, not judgemental". Reading makes us more empathetic - let’s not close that when we close the books;
3) Don’t tolerate the bullies.If someone fills your inbox with hate, you still have the choice to publish it or not. I pledge to not give it an arena, to not rise to their bait. If they aren’t willing to discuss thoughtfully and respectfully, I must ask myself: Is this worth my time? Is this where I want to put my energy and joy?
We have the chance to shape this community. Let’s not cave to small mindedness. Let’s lead by example and be more generous for the sake of maintaining a community where we can delight and discuss together.
Let’s celebrate our successes and champion our causes and respectfully disagree on anything and everything…because we’re all debating what we love and shoving the statistics of “reading as a dying art” back at the naysayers just by showing up.
We’re all on the same side. I want to be on your side. This is my pledge.
One of my favorite scenes from the whole series…I can’t stop rewatching it! I just love the interactions between Malvo and Lester. The last episode was great, I hope the finale is even better. Will Molly catch Malvo? Will Gus be heroic? Will Lester pay for his misdeeds? Will we see Mr. Wrench again? Who is going to die next? Will Key and Peele ever get out of the file room???? I’m dying to know…
Reading Rainbow is coming back!!
This show was really important to me when I was little. I hope it resonates with children now. :) :) I feel so nostalgic when I think about Reading Rainbow or Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Do they have shows like this for kids anymore?