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How she really sold all those books

Seen on “Not Always Right” the other day:

Customer: “Do you happen to sell that Harry Potter book?”

Me: “Yes, sir, we do. Would you like me to show you where they are?”

Customer: “If it’s no trouble…”

Me: “No trouble at all. ”

(I lead him over to the children’s section and hand him the first book in the series.)

Me: “Here you are. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

Customer: “No, I think that’s all I need.”

(The customer shovels a dozen copies of the same book into his arms.)

Customer: “The church is having a book burning tonight and I just need to make sure I bring enough.”

Me: *laughs*

Customer: *completely serious* “I’m not joking.”

Me: “Oh. Well, you do realize that there are now four books in the series?”

(I knew there was a logical explanation!)

As California goes…

In honor of gay marriage now being legal in California, I present to you a conversation I had yesterday with my 5 year old:

5yo: Hey mom? Do men marry men sometimes?

me: Yes, sometimes they do.

5yo: Well then can they combine their 2 sperm cells and make a baby?

me: No, you need sperm and an egg to make a baby, so you need a man and a woman.

5yo: Well how do they have a baby then?

me: Well, sometimes they adopt a baby who grew in someone else’s tummy, just like we adopted Sam. Remember, there are a lot of different ways that babies join families.

5yo: Well, I’m not going to marry a man. I’m going to marry Saffron so she can grow a baby in her tummy.

me: OK.

5yo: And then when I go to astronaut school, she can stay home and take care of him! And his name will be Henry. Like the neighbor’s dog in Jack and Annie.

me: I thought you said Saffron was going to be an architect?

5yo: She can do that job later.

Despite the fact that I may be raising a mini chauvinist, at least he’s open minded about the marriage issue. (He later came up with: “Well, girls can marry girls, then, and then you’d have two moms!”) OK, but you’re thinking “stop blogging about your kids already — what does this have to do with libraries?” Simply this: a lot of kids in his generation are growing up thinking of things like gay marriage and adoption and multiethnic families as natural, just another way to do things. This should be a wakeup call for librarians to continue standing on our principles in terms of the way that we provide services to all.

I feel the same way about librarians who refuse to work Harry Potter parties, who won’t purchase materials on homosexuality (or witchcraft, or what the heck, even “intelligent design”) — or who block MySpace — as I do about pharmacists who refuse to dispense contraception: You’re in the wrong profession, folks.

Taking the gag rule too far

This has already been talked to death elsewhere, but the mind boggles — there’s some people we need to inculcate with those principles of librarianship.

Facebook cracks me up

I’ve got a golden compass…

Libraries, be forewarned: In the past couple of weeks, I’ve received several variations of the following e-mail from friends passing on the chain:


The Golden Compass with Nicole Kidman……. The link below to Snopes confirms its true. Really unbelievable.

You may already know about this, but I just learned about a kids movie
coming out in December starring Nicole Kidman. I believe it’s called
The Golden Compass, and while it will be a watered down version, it is
based on a series of children’s books about killing God (It is the
anti-Narnia). Please follow this link, and then pass it on. From what
I understand, the hope is to get alot of kids to see the movie – which
won’t seem too bad – and then get the parents to buy the books for their
kids for Christmas. The quotes from the author sum it all up. I’m
going to tell everyone about this movie.

Rest assured that I’m not going to take my 5-year-old to see a somewhat dark movie meant for adults and teens — but beyond that:

  1. The Golden Compass is an excellent book (and series) that challenges readers to think (God forbid!).
  2. Since when did we get so afraid of differing points of view? I’m pretty sure that Nicole Kidman won’t inspire anyone to “kill God.”
  3. I read, and saw, and enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia, despite the fact that I’m decidedly not Christian and the underlying themes reflect a worldview very different from my own. How is The Golden Compass any different?
  4. How secure in your faith are you, really, if you are concerned that a single book or movie will turn you or your children to the dark side?
  5. How do you engage in informed dialogue, if you shy away from everything that doesn’t match your own beliefs?

That is all.