That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA, in reference to Mexicans learning English at the Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of the library system.
THIS is why we need EveryLibrary supporting libraries on the ballot.
Vote for libraries. Vote for literacy. Vote for equality.
Nicholas Kristof, “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy”
22% is a frightening, shameful number.
Catherine Drinker Bowen. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 9. 1959 (via ebookworm)
This is actually totally true. I did some research for my brother at the Library of Congress when he was getting his PhD. Mostly photocopying original sources he couldn’t borrow and that kind of thing. Anyways, one of the documents was missing and not shelved where it was supposed to be. When three librarians went into the back - going back and forth about where it might be - I turned to the guy at the desk and said, “I’m so sorry. This must be such a pain for you guys.”
"Oh no. They love this. They’re going to be talking about this at lunch and the other librarians will be jealous."
They found the document. They were very proud.