CONTEMPORARY LIFE

Support Your Local Librarians

Dang. Another librarian has been laid off.

Photo by Anna Hunko on Unsplash

As nearly everyone who knows me knows, I love libraries. Countless times over the years I’ve said, “Libraries are the one thing I don’t mind paying taxes for.” (Road repairs, as inconvenient as they are, are a close second.)

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Photo courtesy Roz Warren

So it was somewhat heartbreaking when the Covid-19 pandemic came along and our local Duluth library was closed, with a large percentage of the staff laid off. I’ve been going to the library 2 to 3 times a week for decades, and I got to know many of the library staffers by name. I even wrote the beginning of a short story about an old man who went to the library because he had no friends and was kept alive by the kindness shown him by librarians.

Worse still, was running into one of the laid off front desk staffers on the street this spring and finding out that these dedicated workers were not only laid off, but now had no medical insurance. During a pandemic! And who knows how long it will continue?

So it was with great dismay that I received the following email from Roz Warren, a writer whom I’d met here on Medium.

What’s up with you? After 21 wonderful years, my library job is kaput. But I’m still writing library humor. Library Bingo for the Pandemic Era.

I’m an editor. Apparently I’m also a crybaby.

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Whenever I write about having Meniere’s, at least one person tells me that reading it has caused them to realize that they probably have it too. (Hopefully, that won’t be you.)

Ko-fi is a way for writers to ask readers to support them by throwing a little spare change their way. I decided to see whether this little fundraising gimmick actually works.

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I don’t expect you to read all of these. But even if you read just one, THANK YOU FOR READING ME!

Here’s my interview with Roz. If you’re a publisher looking for an entertaining writer, check her out.

As for our other librarians, let’s pray the doors will open soon. We miss you.

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