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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚
I’m a librarian and this is actually the worst fucking idea ever. Libraries by Amazon would eliminate the most important function libraries have—as a socialized daytime service to cash-poor and working class people left behind by digital advances.
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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle
As they are today, libraries are mostly used by folks who don’t (or who are denied access to) daytime economies, particularly homeless/houseless folks. There is NO WAY that Amazon libraries would continue to serve homeless/houseless people in this way.
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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle
Libraries also provide a stop-gap for where other social services end. We teach people how to read. We help boomers and early Gen X’ers learn new technologies and digital skills. We teach ESL and train for citizenship exams. We write resumes and cover letters.
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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle
This contributor doesn’t care about core library users because those ppl are of a class exploited by Amazon, the class if it’s temp worker and factory operators. An upscale Starbucks for rich people isn’t a library, it’s a sanitized bookstore. (Also Amazon Books is just sad)
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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚 22 Jul 18
Replying to @Forbes
should be ashamed to run this sort of content even in Op-Ed because the writer barely understands all the services a modern library provides and thus isn’t qualified to critique. Modern urban libraries are often overused and underfunded, not the other way around.
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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle
The library is also one of the last places that lets people rent computer time for free! So many jobs and schools assume that everyone has a computer at home, and can use a computer without assistance and THATS JUST NOT TRUE!
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B 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle
Exactly, 90% of my classes REQUIRE high speed internet access BC hw is online. Buying used textbooks for economics & STEM classes are a thing if the past, BC I have to buy an access code w/textbook, I have to buy new EVERY TIME.
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B 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle
Plus, libraries don't allow outside software to be installed, so it's often difficult for poorer students to complete HW, BC almost all requires software. Or, there's a time limit on computer use. Libraries are trying, but ppl underestimate difficulty of education & advancement.
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Deborah Yoon 22 Jul 18
Replying to @cyreejarelle @TheRaDR
In the Bay Area, I always see lines of ppl waiting for the library to open. Mostly comprised of the elderly and parents with small children.
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Mo 22 Jul 18
Libraries have evolved beyond books. Ours has social worker librarians who help homeless & low income patrons. They have classes for parenting, ESL, computer & job skills. They offer free flu shots, lawyer & tax assistance. Unlike Amazon, libraries help people.
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Cold Hands, Cold Feet. 22 Jul 18
My local library also has a free noontime meals for kids under 18 during the summer... I don't see Amazon doing that.
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Victor Nguyen-Long 22 Jul 18
That’s really interesting. Amazing they do that for kids, but honest question... is that what a library should be doing? That seems like a bandaid solution to a systemic problem, no?
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Cold Hands, Cold Feet. 22 Jul 18
Replying to @VNL @weirdnj_1 and 3 others
It's part of a USDA funded program that's available throughout Minnesota. In my city, the free lunches are also at the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, some religious orgs and some apt buildings. The nice thing about the library is that it's downtown, on bus lines and open to everyone.
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Victor Nguyen-Long 22 Jul 18
Learn something new every day, thank you. It’s frustrating it has to come to that and still begs the question about how we tackle these deeper socio-economic issues, but glad there are programs like this in place in the interim.
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Mo 22 Jul 18
Replying to @VNL @rustystubbs and 3 others
An important function of libraries is to adapt to its community’s needs. They fill gaps of other agencies & prepare for future needs when those issues are remedied. John Cotton Dana wrote about US libraries in 1899 and his words are still true.
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David Ace 22 Jul 18
Replying to @weirdnj_1 @VNL and 4 others
When I was a kid I wouldn’t have had books if not for public libraries.
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🌟PopTart✨ 22 Jul 18
Also if they get rid of Libraries I’d be sad because I plan on majoring in library sciences to become a librarian and if they get rid of local libraries my life plans kinda just fade away sort of
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🧜🏽‍♂️ cyrée jarelle 🐚 22 Jul 18
Replying to @AtelierHeidi
being a librarian is great because we're all very welcoming, very smart, and very weird!
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🌟PopTart✨ 22 Jul 18
That’s good, I like all of those things!
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Fandom Delicioso 22 Jul 18
And more of the same!!
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Rachel 23 Jul 18
Replying to @FDelicioso
these are incredible.
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Fandom Delicioso 23 Jul 18
Replying to @stayssplendid
Aren't they good? I love that they are REAL things done by librarians. SO funny.
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