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Monday, April 23, 2007


I have managed to start a small diversion on the Blog Whose Name We Do Not Mention. Someone responded to my previous note when I mentioned going to the library on Sunday. It seems to me this should be a good starting point for us, so here it is. Have fun.

Not all Seattle’s libraries are open Sundays, but some branches (including my neighborhood, Ballard) are open Sunday afternoons. A lot of people go walking around downtown Ballard on Sundays, so it gets plenty of use. It’s brand new, and was designed to be environmentally friendly, including an ecosystem on the roof. My only real complaints are that the chairs are too low for the tables (you notice this when you’re 4′10″), and I had hoped it would have considerably more books than the old branch. It doesn’t. Here’s a link:


Those who have heard bad things about the new Seattle library are probably thinking of the new main library downtown. It is flashy outside, but inside it is both confusing and hideous. It could be a set for one of those science fiction movies about an inhuman industrial future. I can just see Harrison Ford creeping around the corners and by-ways with a ray-gun, blasting at mutants.

Jana C.H.
Saith JcH: Having enough books is like the speed of light– you can only approach it, never achieve it.


Maggie Jochild said...

Speaking of mutants -- I am always intrigued by how many visibly disabled people I see in the audience at X-Men movies. It's pro-mutant message is recognized by us, I guess, as making the world more receptive for us. And the leader of the heros is in a wheelchair, how cool is that? I have his action figure, as well as Rogue, Psylocke, Lady Deathstrike and of course Jean Grey.

Inspired use of the option to label your post, Jana. I plan to follow your lead.

Maggie Jochild said...

My second post here, but libraries I find irresistable. In this instance, I want to share a few lines from my oldest friend who lives in Seattle in a letter she wrote me today: "I'm still numb from the VA Tech shootings.....the sad part is no amount of gun control will outstrip a mental case intent on doing harm. Better mental health options and better security/awareness might help. Here in Seattle, even the newly acclaimed downtown Library is largely designed to accomodate the homeless and mentally ill who park for hours inside....the design of open glass and steel fishing pole struts is hardly conducive to comfortable reading or research."

Her remarks harken to a recent excellent article at Tomdispatch and reprinted at Alternet about the current role of modern urban libraries, located at
America Gone Wrong: A Slashed Safety Net Turns Libraries Into Homeless Shelters