Hello once again Geeklings.
Sorry for the radio silence, but I and my most awesome of colleagues have been hard at work the last couple of weeks prepping for the opening of our brand-new, shiny, amazing addition, the Civic Centre Resource Library.
That’s right; NEW LIBRARY!
If you haven’t be by yet, or even if you have, please come and visit us all the time at the Major Mackenzie and Keele intersection, right by City Hall. We have brand new items, outdoor areas, a great big study hall, maker spaces (coming soon) and a new Teen Area with new teen books. We can’t wait to see you!
So in honor of all this library-related conviviality, I thought I’d take a look at the fictional libraries that reside in the fandoms we love. Sites like Paste Magazine and Bustle have great lists, but why don’t I go over a few of my faves with you? ‘Cause I can 😉
1. The Hogwarts Library
For blossoming young witches and wizards, a library can be just as much of a resource as it can for any muggle. The in-school library at Hogwarts has everything you need (sections include reference, legal, dragons and invisibility) and it has saved our favorite characters more often than not. Just avoid the floating books as they put themselves away and be sure to stay out of the Restricted Session. There’s a reason those books are restricted.
2. The Night Vale Public Library
Yes, the crazy-weird town of Night Vale has a library. That library has a lot of things you’d typically find in a library, like an archives and a children’s section and a biography section. And it has things you… wouldn’t typically find as well. Like the fact that the biography section only has books on Helen Hunt, or that the occasional ghost haunts the stacks, or that there’s a whole bunch of chimneys on the roof, or there’s a fainting pool in the lobby. Suffice it to say, it doesn’t get used a lot, likely on account of the ridiculously scary librarians that lurk among the stacks. Don’t go near the librarians. In fact, stay out of the library all together.
You’ll find some references to the library and it’s staff in the podcast episodes but the first novel has a really great description of it.
3. Sunnydale High School Library
From day one, episode one, the high school library was the base of operations for Vampire Slayer Buffy Summers and her Scooby Gang. Buffy’s Watcher, Rupert Giles, became a librarian with the school in order to work closely with his slayer, and took advantage of the fact that many students don’t use the library (boo!) to keep his questionable materials on the undead. The library was almost just as much a part of Buffy’s team as any person/vampire/demon/werewolf.
4. Belle’s Library
One of the most breathtaking scenes in a beautiful animated movie, the titular Beast gifts his beauty with the castle library, where she can be as much of a bookworm as she wants to be. Nuts to the prince, I say, I want that library!
5. Morpheus’ Library
In Neil Gaiman’s epic graphic novel series The Sandman, the realm of the Dreaming plays host to a very particular library. As it says above, it only houses books that were never actually written or published by their respective authors. Only the ones those authors ever dreamt about. Think about that; how many books could you read that no one else could, not even the authors themselves? The possibilities would be endless! Just like Morpheus and his family (see what I did there?).
6. The Jedi Archives
First seen in Attack of the Clones, the library of the Jedi Temple housed information that spanned the entire galaxy and thousands of years. As their Chief Librarian, Jocasta Nu, would say; “There is more knowledge here than anywhere else in the galaxy.” Jedi masters, knights and padawans could use the resources there to find any information they needed. If you wanted to look at the Holocron Vault though, you had to talk to Jocasta.
Unfortunately I have to speak in the past tense, because once the empire took over, the Jedi Temple was converted into the Emperor’s personal palace, and the archives could only be accessed by enemies of the Jedi. A dark turn of events for a beautiful library.
7. The Library
Riddle me this, geeklings. Say you had all the books in the known universe. Where would they go? How would you house them? How would you keep them all together in one place? Try putting them on a whole planet. In the series four episode “Silence in the Library”, the Doctor and Donna visit a library so big it takes up an entire planet. It’s just called The Library, because really, what else would you call it? But they quickly find something sinister lurking within it’s stacks. Make sure to count your shadows before you leave.
Some others suggested by my colleagues include The Library of Babel, the library that housed the detentionees of The Breakfast Club that fateful Saturday, The Unseen University Library of Discworld, and The Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
So come by and visit us at the Civic Centre. We have a special edition of our What’s On magazine that talks about the branch and the different programs we’re offering. Keep your ears open for any news about our maker spaces and for the TSRC, which is coming fast. And we’ll have new programs coming all through the year. Yay!
Until next time, End of Line.