Ok, ok, cataloguing books isn’t everyone’s idea of action.
But someone’s got to take care of the literature.
And, to be honest, today’s library action was so close to our utopian vision that we’d like to repeat the whole thing all over again on Friday 12th April (t.b.c.). “So”, we hear you cry, “what was all this excitement you speak of?”.
Well, readers, for one thing, the 1in12 was like yer actual social centre of your dreams, with folk cataloguing books, some people preparing lovely food for the imminent Freedom Fundraiser meal, and a fanzine publisher (if that’s not too grand a term) cutting, folding and stapling like there’s not tomorrow. Which there is, at a zine fest, obviously.
Those people who get a weird buzz watching the mile-o-meter click over to all the zeros would have been thrilled in that moment when the 4000th book fell under the rubber stamp and incremental numbering machine, and “Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration” took its place in the long list of books which you now have an actual chance of locating within the library, as well as discovering whether it’s available or out on loan (we’ll explain how that works another time).
Which seemed like a bit of synchronicity really, as the trial of the London Critical Mass defendants came to its predictably rubbish and unjust conclusion. Though most weeks there’s appalling news for cyclists, and humans generally, somewhere on the planet, so perhaps not too much for the numerologists to get excited about.
Meanwhile, the Library continues its usual business with a book discussion under the aegis of the Feminist Reading Group on Thursday 21st March (“The Dispossessed” by Ursula LeGuin) and some regular cataloguing and scanning pranks on Thursday 4th April. As referred above, we’re half-planning another all-day cataloguing session on Friday 12th, before we have to clear the decks for a big party night, followed possibly by a book sale on 13th April to help the Library’s non-existent finances.
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