Imagine going to a bookstore, buying a book, and then trying to read it at a coffee shop or at a park or at home and a corporation smacks the book out of your hand says "no you bought it in our store, you only read it in our store".


I haven't been to a library in a while but that's because I get so excited it feels like my heart is about to burst and then my eyes start leaking and whew

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Why libraries are the greatest places on earth:

- books
- free!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- quiet, so quiet, so peaceful is heaven
- people leave you alone
- also movies and computers and things
- staff literally know everything and want you to know everything thanks
- you can stay the whole time they're open and not have to pay anything at all
- you can get lost in the big ones and that's cool
- mmm smells of wisdom

@guerrillarain I have such fond memories of doing this. Going on family vacation for summer? Gotta take as many books out as I can, and finish them all before we leave 😅

@guerrillarain my local library only has like 6 chairs per floor. That really discourages from people hanging around. Most have to sit between the stacks

Portland things; ACAB 

@guerrillarain Libraries are amazing.

I'm been less fortunate in that I often find libraries noisy :( still amazing places/resources though.

@guerrillarain I used to love them, but sadly now my work schedule and transportation situation keeps me away from them while they're open.

I wish 24 hour libraries were workable.

@Mycroft if you live close to a university, many of them are 24 hours. i'm not sure about all of them, but my uni's library was 24 hours and also open to the public

but yes, agreed.

@guerrillarain oh lord I forgot about the silence
I have a 2-year old kid
The next time I have a day off I'm going to the library

@guerrillarain mine has packets of seeds you can “check out”! Basically you’re supposed to collect the seeds from the plants you grow and return them to the library for someone else to check out

Also, air conditioning

@alpine_thistle @guerrillarain Mine has seeds too! Eventually they'll want people to bring seeds back, but for now they're not equipped to collect seeds so they just give out 3 packets per person for free! I grew green beans and lettuce that way.

@thomasfuchs even more embarrassing when you're the one who works there
😂 @guerrillarain

@guerrillarain I looked into my local library but it wasn't cool at all also a subscription to borrow books is like 30 bucks a month oof

It was so much fun growing up with parents as librarians 😀

@guerrillarain i wish my local one allowed nonbinary people to join

@kiilas WAYMENT, they don't????? why would it even matter???? but like

HMMMM?!?!?!?! what are ya gonna do, ungenderfy the books???

@guerrillarain you have to be either male or female to join

i'm planning to speak to them and possibly sort it out, but i have a lot to do and if i was binary i'd be a member already

@kiilas holy shit. the last time i went to join the library, i just needed a piece of mail with my name on it. that's wild

@kiilas @guerrillarain Oh no! I was lucky and they just left gender off mine

@guerrillarain Also: don't know about other cities, but the bigger branches in Toronto even come with 3D printers any library patron can use.

@himay There's a new public library called Oodi that opened in Helsinki and includes 3D printers, recording studios, and wine and beer.

Couldn't agree more. Local libraries are tourist attractions for my family.

@guerrillarain They also often purchase access to resources like journals, magazines and community-orientated services like Lydia. Libraries are awesome! 📚

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