Silence in the Library

So, this is what you see when you try to visit the Library of Congress website.

http://www.loc.gov/home2/shutdown-message.html

The government shutdown has left all “non-essential” employees and entities closed until further notice. Unfortunately, the second biggest state-run library in the world (along with the Smithsonian, most museums, national parks, and innumerable other national treasures) is not essential. You can read more about it here. For a list of what’s open and what isn’t, there’s this.

I don’t know how many other libraries were effected as they may be funded by local governments or other sources. If your library has been, please tell me your story in the comments. In addition to libraries, historical sites, and cultural institutions, research positions and financial aid are also on the chopping block, leaving students and academics at a stand-still or in the fetal position after a nervous student-loan-induced breakdown. Either way, it’s clear knowledge is not a priority.

Perhaps we could take a leaf out of the Doctor’s book and reclassify our national library and other historical archives (also closed) under national defense. Then maybe they would be important enough to fund.

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have.”

– Doctor Who

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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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