Lunedi Lunacy

A week or two ago it was announced that the  only public library on Fogo Island on the coast of  Newfoundland will close at the end of October due to budget cuts.  A major – and one of the few sources – of information for the 2,395 inhabitants is being taken away from them.   As well as housing 14,000 books it serves as an Internet hub, a recreation centre and a town meeting place – all the things you’d want a community library to be.  It’s a very sad state of affairs when something like that is taken away from a community and a sad commentary on government priorities.

And on the subject of libraries I’ve always found my librarian friends are amongst the coolest people around.   What????  you say!  Librarians cool?  Prove it!   Well how cool is this?

Dedicated to Lara, one of the coolest librarians I’ve ever met.

On this day in 1898: The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

6 thoughts on “Lunedi Lunacy”

  1. That video is hilarious, LOL — very clever! Too bad about Fogo Island’s library. Now that you’re in PEI, you’ll have to visit Canada’s smallest library in Cardigan (if you haven’t already).

  2. Married to a former librarian (well, research library director), I had the pleasure of knowing and socializing with some incredibly clever and interesting librarians… although never from public libraries. I’ll bet they’re even MORE fun. I can wax rhapsodic… but not like these group!

  3. You are too kind, good sir…

    In my limited experience, most Public Librarians are incredibly focused on helping others and are often very humble. Unfortunately, modesty isn’t the best tactic when lobbying for funding, resources, and personnel. I’ve seen many a library that is focused so wholly on making the library an incredible place but isn’t so good at tooting their own horn. Unfortunately, that makes them an easy target for the powers-that-be to slash their resources or – worst of all – shut them down entirely.

    Meanwhile…have you see the new “Pleasure Your Shelf” library cards down in Innisfil?

    http://innisfillibrary.ca/content/librarycards

    Canadian librarians FTW.

  4. Indeed it is sad news to hear about the closing of a library. It sounds too much like the closing of a mind, a collective mind, of a place or town.

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