As part of my library's "One Book" program, I spent the evening of Election Day at a local polling place, asking people to vote for their choice for "
However, this is the first time I've ever been in the wild on behalf of the library, and it was really eye-opening. I mean, I spend most of my time either in the library helping people who come to me (who therefore are supportive library users), or in talking with other librarians (or reading their blogs).
So, I was really surprised by some of the
I guess it is because I am fairly surrounded with pro-library people (and those forward-thinking pro-library 2.0'ers) that I was so unprepared for that other extreme. Here's a sampling of a few of the answers I got to me asking "Would you like to vote for the Library's One Book Program?":
- No, I don't read.
- What the hell is the point of the entire town reading the same book?
- I've never heard of any of these books.
- Can't you see that I don't have time for this?
- Do I get a prize?
- The library? Why do you even bother?
And these comments didn't come from rowdy/disrespectful toughie kids - these comments came from adults. Not that I was upset or scarred by any of this, just surprised. It was such a far cry from all of the "you have to do IM reference and offer RSS feeds to survive" kind of talk that I usually hear.
But since that's far too melancholy a note on which to end this post, how about this: a