Welcome back

“Welcome back,” I overheard the librarian say this morning at the long-awaited grand opening of the new library. She wasn’t talking to us, but to a group of men I’m pretty sure are homeless. I agree with the city’s library director that the central library shouldn’t be a substitute for a proper shelter for the city’s homeless, but I sure am happy that it’s back in action and warmly welcoming all of Madison with open arms.

Oh, and it’s beautiful.


I wanted to move the trash and recycling bins

I love the blue!

I love the blue!

It’s also super fun!

Giant storybook characters

Giant storybook characters


It’s also very comfy!

She did not really appreciate the cool factor here

She did not really appreciate the cool factor

And obviously quite educational.

I checked: it does a nice job of dealing with the Favre debacle without scaring the kids.

I checked: it does a nice job of dealing with the Favre debacle without scaring the kids.

She made herself right at home.

She made herself right at home.

But it might be a little too clean right now. Bear walked right into a glass door.


3 Responses to “Welcome back”

  1. 1 Jane Roe September 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

    How lovely. I am on the library board and the building committee for our district library and I have been amazed by all the changes and innovations in libraries today. I must make sure to visit this the next time I am in town. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2 Terry September 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    It looks amazing! And I’m glad the Favre segment was well done. For the sake of the children.

  3. 3 Mary Lloyd October 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Bravo for the new library. You are totally right about letting your kids fail. Very hard tho. Did a segment on NPR today about letting kids fai. It’s as you say a chance to let them grow and learn.

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Sleep in safety. Sleep without stress. Sleep without worry. Things children all over the world should be able to do. But those kids who have set foot on this soil after bearing untold abuses and have asked for asylum from us—literally begged us for help, throwing themselves on our mercy—have been tossed aside and, I imagine, can’t sleep. . . . They’ve been treated not only like they’ve done something wrong (they haven’t), but treated in a way we don’t—or shouldn’t—treat any child in this country. We don’t put children in cages. We don’t make children sleep on floors. We don’t separate them from their families. In fact, when these things happen to children, we usually file criminal charges against the perpetrators. This must stop. . . . #stopthemadness #reunitefamilies #asylumseekers #choosekindness #hurryupmueller
My love. She loves to sleep on the floor. I swear: she has a bed. We have several. Couches too! But I get to see her like this every night and we both get to feel so safe . . . On the other hand, there are those who can’t feel safe at night bc of our country’s ridiculous policy. The #GOP has decided that the world’s current horrors weren’t enough that they needed to up the ante and add their own voice to the unending madness. And they did . . . Separating asylum-seeking mothers and fathers from their children. That’s the #GOPlegacy. Does it get more horrific?! People fleeing horrendous abuses, throwing themselves on our mercy and, instead of kindness, we shower them with incivility, treating them as criminals, stealing their children and tossing them in detention. Where is your soul, #GOP?! . . . #resist #impeachmentyesterday #impeachmentnow #bluewave #votethemout #noexcuse
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