What a crazy country we live in. I mean, maybe the whole country isn’t crazy, but there sure do seem to be some people who fit one definition of crazy, that of doing the same thing over and over again and yet expecting different results.
Oh well, crazy people. What are you going to do?
On a totally unrelated topic, and just in case you didn’t notice, the federal government has partially shut down. Eventually that might affect everybody, but at the moment it mostly affects the “non-essential” federal employees.
It’s also affecting some libraries, obviously, including some of the biggies. According to this LJ article, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress are shut down. I think the National Archives should count as essential, but what do I know.
The Library of Congress probably isn’t completely shut down, but it’s “closed to the public and researchers.” Presumably it’s still open to members of Congress, so they can catch up on their reading now that they’re not bothering to govern the country.
One small ray of hope is that the Washington DC public libraries are still open. The mayor declared them an “essential service,” which was sweet. Now lots of furloughed federal workers in DC will have some place to go for entertainment.
Fortunately for those spread out in the rest of the country, their public libraries are probably still open, although they won’t be getting any funding from the IMLS for a while since there’s no one available to read grant applications.
This might be a great time for libraries to start promoting themselves and their services. What are some of the things you can do at the library if you’re affected by the government shutdown?
- Read the latest bestseller, which unlike a government shutdown is probably going to have a happy ending. At the very least, the plot will probably be less repetitive.
- Listen to some soothing music to help you forget the stress of not having a job or having your government contract suspended.
- Listen to some jarring music and get angry for the same reasons.
- Play Dance Dance Revolution and sweat out the stress!
- Get a bunch of DVDs to take home. You’ll have plenty of time to catch up on that last season of whatever it was you were too busy to watch while you were gainfully employed.
- Surf the Internet for porn, because that’s an industry that never shuts down.
- Write to your Congressperson saying, “Tell Boehner put a clean spending bill up for a vote.”
That last one would be democracy in action, as opposed to the democracy inaction we have now, so it’s probably not going to happen.
On second thought, your best bet is probably just to entertain yourself into a stupor and try to forget about the whole thing. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, the library’s got your back.
Libraries – they rarely shut down.
What a mess.