Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Writing and the Recession

Perhaps you've heard? The economy sucks right now.

Apparently, it's even become fashionable to be frugal. I just read about the term "recessionista," which is defined as someone who is ostentatiously penny pinching because it's what all the cool kids are doing.

The good news is that library usage is up. I read the precise statistics somewhere, but I can only confirm it anecdotally. Thanks to warmish weather here in Minnesota (40 - 60F,) my son has rediscovered the joys of bicycle riding. We've been going around the block a lot, but last night he wanted a real destination. So we went to the library. Our branch library is only a half-mile or less up the road, and it is open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After a dinner of cabbage and corned beef (of course, it was Saint Patrick's day, after all,) we headed off to the library.

It was crowded.

It was awesome.

All I can hope is that perhaps all this will also translate into a continued desire for the escapism of books, and lots of library sales for us all.

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