Getting a Library Card
What are the requirements for getting a library card in your libraries?
I only ask because I just filled out the most invasive library card application ever. This thing was just short of asking for a letter of recommendation from an upstanding member*.
Here’s just a few of the things beyond the normal name, address and phone number:
Birthdate - Sure, I guess there are some age restricted materials...
Social Security Number or Driver’s Licence - While I’m okay with providing this to another government institution as a form of “unique” identifier for me, it seems a bit much.
Sex - I thought this was illegal. I guess I don’t have to answer, but why put it for a library card?
Photograph - They took my picture. This isn’t credit card, it’s not going on the card, they just wanted me fresh off of mowing the lawn and taking a half mile walk in 90 degree heat.
Again, what do your libraries require? The public libraries I have worked at have required proof of identity and address and that’s about it. Let me know in the comments.
"It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor."
To Kill a Mockingbird
A start for my next in the trek for all 100 Banned** read. Scout and Jem have speculated on the nature of the Radley’s, met Dill, and gone to school where Scout found out that teachers and students are often teaching one another. Also, don’t mess with the Ewell family. Mostly because they have lice and knives. Probably train their lice to use knives for sport.
Mort by Terry Pratchett
I mention this because I am going through the Discworld series on audiotape and loving the hell out of it. I highly recommend them, as I have devoured the first three books in less than a week. A welcome oasis of fun after the seriousness of Bones.
Count of Monte Cristo
I love the idea of serialized entertainment. I have a theory that the current trend of television is just a continuation of the old Hollywood serials that inspired Indiana Jones and that the sequel machine that Hollywood has become is another extention of that tradition. But I am getting away from myself.
Ever wonder how novels came to be? Nobody just woke up and thought, “I’m gonna write a long ass story today.” They started with serial stories printed on the cheap in newspapers. Writers like Dickens and Dumas up there made their living creating classics that way. In that vein, I am going to try to read a chapter of the Count a day*** until I am done with the entire 500,000 word sprawling epic.
So far, Edmund Dantes has returned home and greeted the ship’s owner who tells Edmund he will be given captain-itude of the ship when it sails next. The ships former captain died at sea, and Edmund brought the ship home with a brief pause at Napoleon’s island to deliever a letter. As Dantes takes off to drive his Mercedes or something, the guy nobody likes looks after him with badness on his face.
What are you guys reading?
Amazing and Awesome and Mine
I got into an argument with a health teacher one time that I could feel past the back of my throat when I swallowed food. I could feel heat and cold and textures. She said I could not. We may have been mis-communicating, but I still have no idea what her perspective was and do not care.
I tell you that to tell you this: I saw something today that caught my throat. I thought that was just a thing people said, but man this sight just held me spellbound and burned itself into my memory. And I’m not telling what it is because it is mine. It may work its way into a story or something, but for right now it is my beautiful observation, pure and wonderful and it made me happy to be alive and be able to appreciate the small things. It was like that seen in Stand By Me where he saw the deer and tells that he never told anyone. Just perfect. Hope everyone’s having a good weekend.
- What are your library’s card applying policies? Anything weird out there?
- What are you guys reading? Anything I should know about that’s not on the bestsellers?
- Ever seen something you never told anybody about? Mind telling me?
*Yes, this was a thing at at least one public library I am aware of as of five years ago. Some libraries are snooty as hell and don’t want the “wrong” people borrowing their items. I am not sure about the current status about this.
**Only click on that link if you want to see my regression as a book reviewer. Or me try out a bunch of stuff and still fail.
***-ish. Plans with me never go the way I want them to.