nothing makes me smile wider than my happy dogs eagerly recalling for a lil snicc snacc
i got myself some adult beverages to celebrate my birthday after not drinking for several days and i can wholeheartedly say i do not miss drinking
rt if you have the best tumblr feed evr
i toldddd myself i would stream tonightttt but idk what to playyy
finally finished sewing my set of fabric bookmarks for the etsy shop after… 3 months of planning it and cutting all the fabric and then just procrastinating the fuck out of the rest! also also simultaneously finished listening to Dungeons and Daddies latest episode and was super curious when season 2 would start cause its been over a mONth now, and how rad, its toMORRow which also happens to be my bIRTHday dawg what a good time
love how they didn’t even deny it. like most places will just make some anti-homeless architecture and call it art, but nyc is just admitting they hate disadvantaged homeless people. what kind of fucked up world do we live in
heres my weekly post about being happy and feeling good and not drinking or craving numbness and feeling hopeful that im bettering myself xoxo
Ok I reblogged this with a long talk in tags recently but this is for all you fuckers in the notes, as a librarian whose library has gone fine-free since the last time I reblogged this post:
- YES, going fine-free encourages returns. I can tell you that from my own experience at the check-in desk. In the weeks after we went fine-free, we got SO MANY returns on books that were hella overdue.
- YES, library fines disproportionately impact poor people. Here’s how it works: you’re a single mom who checks out 10 picture books for your kid. For whatever reason, you’re unable to return those 10 books on time. In fact, you’re unable to return them for a long time. Each of those books hits the maximum fine. In my system, this was $5. When you return the books, you owe $50. If you can pay off the $50, fine. If you can’t, then you feel like you’re fucked. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with owing money before. Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with an incompetent or bigoted librarian. Either way, you don’t feel like you can deal with the cost of returning the books. But eventually the books go into billing, and now you’re on the hook for the full price of each book. Even if you return them, you still owe $50. An account with $50 or more in fines/fees is considered delinquent, meaning you can’t even use the computer or printing services, let alone check out books. So now you’re stuck with these books and these fines and no library access and you’re fucked. It doesn’t matter how you got here. Rich and poor people alike wind up here. What matters is that for rich people it’s not a big deal, and for poor people it’s a REALLY big deal.
- YES, libraries do everything we can to avoid this situation. We send reminder emails. We offer payment plans. We cap fines at $50. This prevents MANY people from ending up in this situation, but it doesn’t prevent EVERYONE from winding up here. Libraries serve a LOT of people!
- NO, fine free doesn’t look the same everywhere. In my library system, we’ve eliminated late fines on every type of item, but we still charge replacement fees for books that are very long overdue (60 days I think). The replacement fee is cleared if the book is returned. But if you look at the notes, you’ll see other libraries using different fine-free systems. This is because every library is different and has to work within its own context. Which brings me to..
- YES, libraries need the money they get from late fines. HOWEVER! Fine free IS possible for every library, if their parent organization chooses to fund it! Libraries are government entities. They exist to provide services, not to make money. The last time I reblogged this post, I didn’t believe my library would be able to go fine free for a very long time. Then, we made a proposal to the government we work for to use a special fund to replace what we typically collect in late fines. We were able to go fine free because we got the funding from our parent organization - you know, the guys who collect taxes and fund social services with the taxes they collect (at least in theory).
- THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE MEAN WHEN THEY SAY DEFUND THE POLICE.
- (That’s right motherfucker this was an anti-cop rant all along!)
- City and county budgets are finite, but they CAN fund fine-free libraries. The question is always, what funds are going to be used? What might they have funded instead?
- When people call to defund the police, it is in part because police are funded by public money. (It’s mostly because the police are an inherently oppressive and racist institution, but bear with me here.) The exact same money that arms and empowers police officers is money that could be used for fine-free libraries, fare-free buses, or better supplied classrooms. It’s money that could go to health departments or senior centers or parks. NONE OF THESE ENTITIES EXIST TO MAKE MONEY, but some of us have to because we’re underfunded by our municipality’s budget.
- UNDER-FUNDING SOCIAL SERVICES IS A GRIFT. It directly displaces the cost of living in a society from rich people (homeowners and landlords who pay property taxes) onto poor people (the single mom in our thought experiment above, or someone who can’t afford a car so they pay but fare, or the kids whose classroom doesn’t have pencils).
- If you’re unhappy with social services where you live, look at your city and county budgets. Find out how much money your local governments have and where it’s going. If you want to agitate, agitate. If you want to run for office, run for office. If you want to take direct action, then I would certainly never advocate for anything illegal hahahaha
TL;DR Fine free is great, it’s in line with libraries’ mission of public service, and it is doable, but only if governments choose to fund it. If they say they can’t, look at where their money is coming from and where it’s going.
okay Encanto was adorable
i think i bruised my tail bone skating yesterday D-;
trying to make a snow person…
rearranged my living space today, which was verrry much needed. everything feels better and lighter and i found a youtube channel today that was very inspiring for decorating and upcycling old items. felt good to do something productive when ive been wasting so much of my time latley…
a bit buzzed tonight. im going to be a twitch streamer soon tho
hahaha first ep of season 15 it’s always sunny is perfect
welp. just ordered a capture card, guess im gonna be a streamer now
the ending theme in This is Us is just fucking synonymous with tears
feelin good about my choices lately, things that ive been wanting to change for a long time now. im not smoking, drinking much soda, having much sugar at all, really, and today i grocery shopped without getting any alcohol! it all feels good, im slowly sorting out my sleep schedule, and i plan to incorporate a workout into my routine soon too. slowly but surely, progress is progress.