The Librarians Who Moonlight as Artists: A Roundtable Discussion
Occasionally, Google gets it right when it suggests articles for me, and all of its creepy data mining was very successful when it recommended this to me. Librarians who are committed to doing good work but also make art? Hello, my people.
Today I finished reading The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, a foundational text on young adult librarianship written by Margaret A. Edwards, the fairy godmother of YA (more on that in another post), and she suggests that in addition to doing their regular work and making plenty of time to read, librarians must have another interest: gardening, amateur theatrics, something. And here these librarians are doing that very thing
It’s interesting to me that none of them are performers, and that none of them serve children. I suspect many youth services librarians are musicians, dancers, actors, or comedians. (I’m all of these!) I would love to talk to youth services librarians about their art and its relationship to their work
Can you recommend anybody?
This is the website of Kimberly Hirsh. The subtitle of this site comes from the description of woodland goth on the Aesthetics wiki.
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