In the first news stories, the fact that Occupy Wall Street had a library seemed a bit whimsical, sort of like that iconic photo of a dancer perched on the back of the equally iconic statue of a charging bull. How funny! A library for a group that has no leaders and no rules? It seemed to some a contradiction in terms. Aren’t libraries all about rules and organization?
Well … no. Libraries are fundamentally about something quite different. It seems natural to me that a social movement that springs up locally and without any centralized organizing body or criteria for membership would create a library. This is an impulse so ingrained in the idea of books that people are creating tiny lending libraries to put in public places as signals that sharing books is an important act, something that creates community.
So the Occupy Wall Street movement quickly acquired a library-not because information is needed. What with Google, Twitter, Facebook, and various streaming video sites, the movement is awash in information. It’s more a way to define the community through a culturally meaningful form of sharing, a physical impulse to pass books from one hand to another. It’s what you do when you come together: you pool your books so that they can be browsed and shared. Sharing books is communal nourishment, like breaking bread.” —From Barbara Fister’s excellent essay on LibraryJournal.com, “Why the Occupy Wall Street Movement Has Libraries.” (via libraryjournal)
Everyday Mysteries (1995) by Jerome Wexler.
Everyday Mysteries will be fun for your kids to check out. It’s filled with tricky photos that show everyday objects in unexpected ways. I’m sure there are some objects even you adults will find mysterious.
Join us Sunday, Oct 16, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for the the Shirlington Branch Library’s first ever Book Dating event.
How does it work?
Grab a couple of books you’d like to share: favorites, disappointments, readings-in-progress or even books you’re planning to read. Bring your own books, or use the Library’s.
Each book date will be timed at 3 minutes, allowing all participants an opportunity to meet.
Library staff will be on hand to keep things flowing.
What happens next is another story - yours.
Refreshments generously provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Arlington.
Must confess that if I was still single this would be such a fun way to date. Not sure if they’re open to gay single book lovers though… in a perfect world, yes.
I have sort of been obsessed with physicist Richard Feynman since I was old enough to read his books, like Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!, in high school. (My grandfather back in Pasadena knew and disliked him, apparently…but I thought he was Super Cool.)
The thing is, in my earlier life, when I thought of science, I thought… well, possibly boring, or dry, or confusing.
But Feynman! Not only did he win a Nobel Prize in physics, not only did he participate in the Manhattan project and uncover the key to the Challenger disaster, but he was also an adventurer, a ladies man, a bongo-player, an artist, a wild card. Far from perfect, but also far from boring.
Ooooh. On my to read list!