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9/11

Of course I remember where I was when I learned the news that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

I was on my way to class when someone I didn’t know stopped me briefly to ask if I knew what was going on. I didn’t. All he knew was that something terrible had happened in New York. I was sympathetic to his concern, but I was also running late, so I kept going. I made it all the way to the classroom, had arranged my things, and then sat in shock as my instructor told us what had happened.

I went to my friend’s dorm room, where a bunch of us sat and watched the news - that’s when I learned first that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center, and then that a third plane had hit the Pentagon. That’s when I personally began to panic and started calling family - I had a cousin who worked in the Pentagon. By the time the fourth plane went down, I was a nervous wreck, and I wasn’t the only one.

I was lucky - my cousin was not at work and was fine. I know lots of people weren’t so lucky - they lost loved ones and had their lives torn apart.

A lot of things have changed in the last 13 years, some as a direct result of that act of terror. Many of them, which perhaps made sense at the time, need to reversed now. Some have caused more trouble than they’ve averted, and some we should, as a nation, be ashamed of. I hope, in another 13 years, we can still remember and honor the victims of 9/11, with a clearer conscience and a freer nation.

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Resistance is Futile

Ranga has taken up a new habit.

Right around 6:30 every morning, he wakes me up for twenty minutes or so of petting. He’s quite insistent about this “us” time. 

Of course, my alarm clock is set for 7:00, so I am not thrilled about it. Still, it’s hard to be upset with a fluffy ball of purr. I suppose I’ll get used to 6:30 in the morning. 


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Happy International Literacy Day!

That’s right, it’s finally here! It’s International Literacy Day!


The theme this year is “Literacy and Sustainable Development.” Awesome!

Yesterday, my church dedicated its own Little Free Library:


Nice!

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St. Jude

I was scanning books to change their location for the September Banned Books display when I found a prayer card someone had left behind as a bookmark:


St. Jude! Awesome! I promptly pinned it on my desk’s nifty built-in bulletin board and went back to scanning books.

Later, I realized I didn’t know where my keys were. Not my car keys - my library keys! I frantically searched pretty much every area of the library I’d been in yesterday, as well as a few areas I hadn’t (I was getting pretty desperate by that point), and finally found them in a desk drawer. Um.

I’m gonna say St. Jude left them there for me. Thanks, St. Jude!


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In Which I < 3 BBW & CBLDF!

I know it’s not Banned Books Week yet (it’s September 21-27) - but I can’t help myself. It’s my favorite holiday.

(It is too a holiday! And I’m expecting presents!)

This year, Banned Books Week is focusing attention on banned and challenged comics and graphic novels.  Comics are awesome - they even make science fun! (No, seriously, go read that article. I’ll wait.)

You can tell CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) is also super-excited, because they’ve provided some awesome resources - not just for Banned Books Week, but for the return to school. I assume they’ll have more coming out closer to the big day (squeeee!!!). For those of you who are teachers and/or homeschooling families and/or interested in supplementing your child(ren)’s education and/or like comic books, graphic novels, manga…Okay, it’s really for everyone. Here you go:

I love CBLDF. And CBLDF loves me. Well, CBLDF loves libraries, anyway - for instance, check out their love for Chicago school libraries





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Net Neutrality Update

It will be interesting to see how the FCC deals with net neutrality, given that over 99% of the comments sent in during the open comment period - which, if you’ll remember, was extended because so many people had something to say - are pro-net neutrality! Less than 1% of the comments opposed net neutrality; I hope the FCC realizes that most of us want desperately to keep it safe!

And not just users like you and me; not just librarians and teachers, either. Major tech companies - including Mozilla, Reddit, and KickStarter - are planning a “'go slow' day" to protest efforts to create "fast lanes" which actually mean slowing down the Internet for those who can’t or aren’t willing to pay extra for the access we now enjoy equally. (Related: Top web companies join Internet Slowdown protest for net neutrality and Etsy CEO to Businesses: If Net Neutrality Perishes, We Will Too)

Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown - Be part of it!



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Banned Books Display

Hi, all! I did the September book display at my library, and I chose to do Banned & Challenged Books, because 1) Banned Books week is coming up later this month and 2) banned books are awesome.

Here’s the display:



Here’s a great bunch of lists for you: Frequently challenged books of the 21st century. Look it over - you’ll be surprised at some of the books people have wanted banned over the years, I bet.

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