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Dear Public Library and All the Librarians Who Work Here:
I don't say that enough to you. I mean, I say it when you hand me back the books I've just checked out, but that's not what I mean.
Thank you for always having wireless Internet access when my Internet at home is down. Thank you for letting me check out as many cookbooks as I can carry home when I'm depressed and not saying anything when I renew them three times. Thank you for humouring me when I'm standing in front of you saying something along the lines of "there's this book...and it's blue...or it's purple...I mean the cover is purple...and it has something about a frog in the title...or maybe it doesn't. Do you know what I'm talking about?"
I just posted today's LFCA from the library because my Internet is down for the 8th time in three days. Which is twenty kinds of annoying because I still have to pay for a service that the company is not actually providing. So everyone who receives support today from the LFCA--you should thank your local public library. Just swing by and walk up to a librarian and say, "thank you." Even if it makes you look a little crazy. And check out a book while you're there. I mean, you made the trip and all.
I now need to head home because I am going to be on an Internet radio show at noon. It's probably a bit late (maybe not?) submit questions beforehand, but you can call-in during the show. It's called Creating a Family and it runs from noon until 1 (EST). It will also be housed on that space after the show or downloadable from iTunes. Here is a chance to ask all your burning questions: what is the future fate of the turkey cutlet, how did I learn to rock the Irish Penny Whistle, or what did I end up doing with all of the empty Follistim vials I collected for an art project?
If Internet is not back up in the afternoon, I'll head back here. To my little nook in the public library. And bring some mishloach manot for my local librarians.
I have Internet at home for the time being. I need to amend that I love and thank all librarians. I was using the term public library, but truly, my experience in my college library was just as fantastic. And I could cry thinking about the great times I've had in the Library of Congress (where they bring the books right to your table. Like you're a queen and they're feeding you grapes. Literally, you just turn in a slip and the books show up a few minutes later). Our public library also has a library bookstore that sells books...I shit you not...for 50 cents. 50 cents! I get all of my chicklit for 50 cents. I filled 4 shelves of a huge Ikea bookshelf with children's books for 50 cents a piece. I carry around a slip of paper with all the books my friends are looking for too at all times and hit the library bookstore a few times a month to search. Can I just reiterate that these are current books--Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, Emily Griffin--all for 50 cents. And you can donate your books to them and they'll sell them. They don't even question why I have 8 copies of Candide, they just take them and sell them. It is a beautiful world.