Ok. So I'm sort of over this "Hipster Librarian" thing. You know...the trend that there are like cool people being attracted to the Library profession...with like tattoos and stuff. And thrift store "vintage" clothes...and facial piercings. Now, whilst I have a tattoo and am a lover of that moderate tattooing, I am not a dumpster diver. NOR do I believe in streaking pink through my hair. You may be able to convince me to get a very demure little nose ring though...I mean if you were ever able to make believe it wouldn't hurt when I sneezed. Because that's my big hang up with those.
Here's the working definition of "hipster":
"a person characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships."
Yeah. Not me. HOWEVER, I clearly am an awesome enough kind of Librarian to garner a trendy nickname. So I have come up with...
Pretty suh-weet right? Glamorous, sassy, and well-dressed lady with stylish hair who also enjoys a good nerdy book. You may now call me The Glambrarian. I think it just sort of rolls off the tongue don't you?
Speaking of my Glambrarian awesomeness, every month I have a little book club for the tweens-those kids who are in like 5th-7th grade. I have the same kids every month and they're totally my pals and I live for them. And again, because I'm ultra paranoid that these kids will like Google crap and find this blog entry and hate me and libraries for ever, and also perhaps sue me, I will say that yesterday we met to discuss and award winning fantasy series that has received much acclaim and attention and is being made into a series of films. But isn't "Harry Potter." Anyhoodle, the kids freakin' lived for it. It was a great discussion, they're all like "oh I visited the website" and "I was doing research about this book.." yadda yadda yadda and all wonderful, perfect things regarding 13 year olds actually reading. And I'm all "Holy crap, SUCCESS! I have engaged a tween!"
And then. Came then.
TweenMom: I'm really disappointed.
Me: In what?
TweenMom: This book sounds very occult and pagan. This is not what I want my son to be reading. I know magic is popular or whatever because of Harry Potter, but this pagan book conflicts with our beliefs.
Ok, now those of you who know me well know that in normal circumstances this is enough to send me into a blind rage. Pagan. Because you know, there's nothing magical or pagan about sitting around eating bread and wine and pretending it's the body and blood of a God. Or about eggs and bunnies and fertility and the spring solstice that just HAPPENS to coincide with Easter. No certainly not. And aside from all THAT mumbo jumbo that I could go on about for at least 2 weeks straight, this book? Is a fiction. A work of fiction that does not push any religious or non-religious agenda. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT JESUS. Anyway, I manage to control myself and sort of tell her why I chose the book, that it's won all these literary awards...
TweenMom: That doesn't make it good.
Um, actually yes. That's exactly what makes it good. Good books win awards. That's, like, why there are such awards. To designate exceptional books. Ahem. And I told her my interpretation of it and that it encourages heroism and virtue and innocence yadda yadda. Then she left the book club to go like research it in the library. Whatevs. The key here is, she didn't read it. If you would like to complain about a book, please read it first. Thanks. I would appreciate you being FULLY INFORMED before you start calling me a PaganPusher. She only stayed mad for like 5 minutes which was lucky, because I was expecting that we would just straight up be having an epic, spiritual battle and then I would have to get fired.