The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette

I love browsing in the Arts and Music section of my library. I don’t do it often, only on Saturdays where I have to work. I’m a cranky Saturday worker and farting around in A+M usually lifts my spirits. I never go up there with a specific kind of book in mind, but I always end up back in the Youth Wing with several titles under my arm.

Recently, I discovered From Girls to Grrlz: A History of [Female] Comics from Teens to Zines. It’s a pretty comprehensive look at women’s and girls’ comics that were made in 1941 all the way up to the 1990s. Did you know that Stan Lee (whom I mostly associate with Spider-Man) also created women’s comics in his earlier days? You did? Well, look at you. I didn’t know that.

This is a perfect book for reading on the reference desk, where you constantly…

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As some of you know, I’ve been very much involved with autism self-advocacy and disability rights for the last couple of years. In fact, at the moment, that is what I spend most of my time doing. I go to summits and conferences and protests, I organize meetings, I plan activities, I write essays. And one of the things I can’t fail to notice, when comparing the disability rights movement to FA, is that there actually are things to do in meatspace about disability stuff. Lots of them. Things aren’t perfect by any means; there are still many, many instances of accessibility fail, and when it comes to autism, especially, nonautistic parents of autistic kids often seem to think they understand what it’s like to have our disability better than we do. But I feel like progress is being made, and most people don’t blanch in horror when I tell…

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