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I’m speaking today on behalf of the children’s services at our libraries. When my daughter, who has Asperger’s syndrome, participated in a reading group last summer, the other children were completely mystified by her behavior. Two young librarians in particular, [Names], made every effort to include her using the same activities. They read the same books. Each question, no matter how off-topic or randomly thrown, was answered with true compassion. The kids began to see her enjoyment for Frozen, her sadness over any dog who passed away in any chapter book, and how much she loves the color blue. At the beginning, she was called a Freak, Retarded, Stupid. At the end the words were Funny. Loves the movies. Has a cute dog. For the first time, my daughter wrote letters about making friends while she was at the program in the library. Sirs and madam, this is a woman who will grow up in your community. It is because of your public librarians that the people who will be her neighbors, her high school classmates, and her co-workers are beginning to know and like her… just as she is. Why do you want to cut funding for public libraries in our community? These are the people who are helping create our community.
When a librarian has to take out the tissues at one young mother’s speech during the referendum on closing two suburban branches of the public library. (via whenalibrarian)

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I never thought we’d go from the World Series to seeing guys traded the next season. It’s kind of a shock. You wake up and a teammate you love is gone.
Mike Napoli (via mcgeek31)

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Little Kid:
What's this?
That's the card catalog for our newspaper archives. Each of these little drawers has cards on it with information about which newspaper has articles on the topic you want to read about.
Little Kid:
That's so cool! It's just like in Ghostbusters!

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"And it’s neither the fans nor the organization who are putting out the public ratings and plaudits of the Red Sox’ prospects and farm system. Farm director Ben Crockett does not self-publish a newsletter titled The Awesome Organization I Have Built." — Chad Finn

Frankly, I think Ben Crockett should publish that newsletter. I’d read it.

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I’m so sick of the culture — driven by some fans, but especially, insufferably prevalent via social media and conventional media — that sacrifices context for instant overreaction.

There is an absolute sprint to be the first to declare something — a season, a prospect, anything — as overrated or finished or never good in the first place. The habitual naysayers take gleeful satisfaction in reminding you that this is going much worse than you expected and casually suggest that the World Championship was a fluke and this is who the Red Sox really are.

I loathe that approach so much, but it’s lucrative, and it will never change until the masses put the willfully miserable on mute.

While that majority — I hope it’s not actually a majority, but it sure feels like it — races to be the first to identify and shout about a disappointment, with the requisite checks arriving from various media outlets, it makes scarce those of us who actually attempt to be patient, accumulate knowledge, and offer perspective. Sometimes that leads to the voices of reason supplying more patience than the team deserves.

Chad Finn

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