Show your love of literature with these five masks hand selected for bookworms.
Yes, people are doing that, and it’s bad.
While the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that they haven’t learned yet whether warm weather or temperature affects the spread of the coronavirus, many people believe it does. Other viruses like the ones that cause the common cold and the flu do spread more during the winter than during the summer, which could be why people speculate that the coronavirus does the same. But it hasn’t been proven.
However, the CDC also says that “it may be possible that people can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.” And the combination of the idea that the virus can be spread through objects and the idea that the virus is susceptible to high temperatures brings us here.
While libraries across the country closed their doors in response to the pandemic, many are opening up for pickup. Patrons who order library books are then exposing themselves to books that have been exposed to any number of strangers who could be infected. In an attempt to rid any books of the coronavirus, people were trying to microwave the virus out of them, relying on the virus’s supposed susceptibility to heat.
This isn’t as harmless as it may appear. Libraries use radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for both item identification and security. It can be used for checking books in and out of the library, collection inventory, accurate shelving, and for pick-up systems placed around the community (not just in the library itself).
The RFID tag contains a microchip and an aluminum antenna. They are made of metal, and thus not fit for microwave use. Kent District Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan, made a Facebook post posted pictures of a microwaved book, saying that the books will catch fire in a microwave due to the metal RFID tag. The fire burned a hole in the book. Elizabeth Guarino-Kozlowicz, the regional manager of Kent District Library, said, “I don’t know if it was something they saw on the news—that they thought maybe the heat would kill COVID-19.”
So if you can’t microwave the coronavirus out of library books, how do libraries make sure they’re not spreading the virus through their pickup services? Well, the Kent District Library is quarantining all materials for 72 hours because of the plastic protections, in line with CDC guidelines. Guarino-Kozlowicz said, “All of the items go into a separate space…we set them aside for three days and then we check them after that. We don’t want [the library patrons] to feel concerned that they need to do anything.”
So don’t microwave your library books. They will catch on fire, and it’s unclear whether it would even help. But libraries disinfecting their books and offering curbside pickup are doing their best to keep you both safe and reading.
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Don’t we all just adore public libraries? The old buildings, the selection, the smell of aging books. It’s a deeply comforting environment, and then when you leave, you can take books with you! They’re warm in the winter, they’re just about everywhere, and they’re full of possibilities. What can we do to give back a little?
Check Out Books
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And really, how can you help yourself? I walk into the library thinking I’ll just take a look around, but I always leave with more books than I can carry. If it’s bad weather or you don’t feel like going outside, you can get ebooks and audiobooks online from many library systems. It lets the government know people use the libraries, which helps them get funding!
Go To Events
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Libraries have all kinds of events. Reading days, movie nights, classes and workshops. Want to watch an old horror movie, or learn excel, or meet an author? Check your library’s calendar of events and go to anything that seems interesting. Plus, it’ll make you cool! See above for how it helps.
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Need a particular book or a book on a particular topic? You can also just ASK a librarian about upcoming events. Library use and attendance effect library funding, but so does engagement like asking questions. As long as it’s not too busy, ask for info or where a section or book is. Again, they take note of this to prove people use libraries.
Ask for Library Funding
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I can’t find an example, but I swear sometimes, when you go into your library, there are forms and petitions you can sign or fill out and mail or give to the librarians, saying libraries are useful and important, to show they’re needed and necessary. Ask your librarian if you don’t see anything! You can also do stuff like this yourself, but you know, if you’re there.
Spread the Word
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So true story, I got (lightly) bullied in highschool for reading LIBRARY books in the hallway, like that something for OLD people, but I still rep the library whenever I can. I find it especially ridiculous when people want to buy ebooks they don’t even know if they’ll like! I mean, buy books, but support the library too! Tell your friends.
Start a Book Club
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This is also something that get stereotyped as not for cool kids, but what’s cooler than sharing books you love with your friends and then all talking about it, and learning their favorites? It’s cool stuff, it’s a great way to get exposure to new books and new genres you may never read otherwise. Plus, you can all check out the books, and maybe even meet at the library!
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It seems obvious, but libraries always need volunteers! If you’ve got anything like time, fill out an application to volunteer, or go in person and ask what you can do. Some libraries also need teachers to run internet and literacy classes, or even just to read aloud to kids. But there’s lots to be done! If you have actual real life skills, you can probably put them to use.
Buy Library Merch
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Book nerd, but make it fashion. Okay, this photo has shirts, but there’s lots of stuff you can get from library stores! Totes, magnets, whatever you can think of, and all library themed! I get into trouble in museum stores, but library stores? Please. You’re going to have to DRAG me away. Not every library has a store, but most systems have them, so look it up ahead of time.
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Libraries also sell books sometimes! These are either old library copies which have been replaced or rendered obsolete, or they’re books people have donated, most of which aren’t really suitable for adding to the catalog, for whatever reason. But you can buy them! And the money supports the library. You can also donate to these kinds of sales.
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Obviously, if you can, just actually donating helps a great deal. You can become a contributing member with a regular donation, or just give once. If you’re going to do the latter, wait until someone’s matching (many companies and organizations do this) so that your donation is used to the absolute best effect, no matter what you can actually give.
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Who doesn’t love a public library? Sure, a home library is an essential part of my dream life, but there’s something just essentially wonderful about going to the library. It’s like being ten years old again. My crops are watered. The smell of old books is everywhere. I’m living my best life. Most library memes are about how you should return your books on time, and you should, but here’s a broader selection.
Cliches can be True
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It lets you get BOOKS. You don’t even have to buy happiness now. You can check it out. Plus, what’s more fun than going to the library? Nothing. Literally nothing. CHANGE MY MIND. Someone actually tried to bully me for reading a library book. In HIGHSCHOOL. I was so baffled it just bounced right off. Like, yes? Don’t pity the dead, Harry, pity people who don’t understand the joys of the library.
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I’m a GOOD library patron. I am. I don’t spill my tea everywhere, I straighten out dog eared corners, and I wouldn’t highlight a book with a gun to my head, but picture this. It’s some time in January. I’m juggling the aforementioned tea and also eight layers of wool. I don’t track snow all through the library. I’m scanning the holds shelf. And then it happens. COUGHING. I return to the sea in shame.
Did Knife Crow Write This?
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Just… just try it. Start by reading banned books! Maybe work your way up! I mean, hell, if a librarian told me to do crime, I’d be like… I guess I do crime now. Plus, the ellipses, I swear. There’s a sense of dramatic timing. This suggestion doesn’t just have appeal, it has style. It has pizzazz. I might go loiter somewhere. Librarians made me do it! Just pay your fines on time. We’re rebels, not madmen.
The Hero We Deserved
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As a child, was there anyone more iconic? I mean, I’d use an invisibility cloak to read after hours, but this disaster jock? It’s why we love him, though, isn’t it? Sure, he might be confused, and easily distracted, and good at sports, but when Hermione says ‘Go to the library’ he goes to the library. Truly the hero we deserved as children, and still do now. No knowledge should be behind gates! Let me INNN!
ALL OF THEM
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Alright, it’s only tangentially library related, but someone’s got to know my suffering. It’s phonetic acoustics, not fluid mechanics, but I promise, it’s three AM and I’m crying. What’s Romeo and Juliet to this? The Fault in Our Stars who? I once went to cram just one more chapter of my Cosmology textbook, just really fast, and it was about NUCLEAR FUSION. We all deserve a medal.
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Meet Grant Poole, the 97-year-old who casually taught himself to be the resident book-mending expert for his town library.