This guy actually thinks all libraries should be closed, so the internet told him what’s up
The number of purposes public libraries serve is astounding. Libraries are where we check out books, sure. They’re also where we read newspapers and magazines, use tablets and laptops to get online, attend public meetings, take classes, do research and countless other things.
But Andre Walker, a columnist for the New York Observer and foreign correspondent based in the UK, thinks libraries don’t have a place in modern society. In fact, he thinks they should all be shut down so those tax dollars that go toward keeping pesky, useless library doors open can go toward something useful, because apparently libraries aren’t. Ugh.
“Nobody goes to libraries anymore. Close the public ones and put the books in schools,” Walker wrote on Twitter, responding to a tweet asking where low-income kids will read for pleasure if libraries close.
Well, the joke’s on him, because people are not OK with the idea that libraries should be shut down. More than 100,000 of them responded to that tweet. But Alex Halpern, who goes by the Twitter name “The Angriest Librarian,” got really fired up about it.
Halpern took it upon himself to deliver an absolutely scathing takedown of Walker’s uninformed opinion about libraries, starting with the fact that more people are using them than ever before.
Hang tight folks, because I am about to drop some necessary knowledge on you. First off, library usage is on the RISE motherfuckers. https://t.co/reWrJj3XCo— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
He then went into some of the reasons why libraries are still super important to society.
As conservatives have taken over state and local governments, and the NO MORE TAXES crowd has gotten their way, public space has decreased.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
That means is that there are a lot fewer free, public gathering places in America anymore. What's one? The motherfucking public library.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
Like, you know, how libraries offer so much more than just books (duh).
If you, like this jackalope, think libraries are just warehouses for books, you are sorely and embarrassingly mistaken. Sorely.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
In addition to meeting a community's need for educational and recreational materials, PARTICULARLY FOR YOUNG FAMILIES...— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
public libraries are evolving to meet the demands of the 21st Century, unlike the neanderthal who sparked this thread.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
Books? Books make up a RAPIDLY decreasing percentage of a library's budget. You want to check out technology? get a library card.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
He educated Walker on all the things libraries offer to underserved and marginalized communities.
You need internet access because you are one of the WAY TOO MANY underserved and marginalized persons in America? Go to the library.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
You need to close libraries because you have no idea what the fuck they do? Stay the fuck home and shut your mouth.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
Oh, and the fact that libraries are for literally anyone, and not just those marginalized groups.
Just kidding, everyone is welcome at the library, even the backwards thinking simpletons who want to cut our budgets.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
That’s all The Angriest Librarian had to say for that moment, because he was, understandably, over this ridiculousness.
I could go on and on about what libraries do in the 21st century, but I'm too fucking steamed, so if you want to know, ask.— America’s Librarian (@HalpernAlex) October 23, 2017
But he came back to Twitter when Walker doubled down on his beliefs, saying putting all library books in schools would be an “absolute good,” and that libraries only exist to give jobs to “sad people who can’t get proper work.” Who is this guy even kidding?
Finally, due to the sheer number of people telling him what an idiot he is, Walker tweeted this:
What a coward move to say such inflammatory things and then beg the internet to stop calling him out. But we know who won today.
Idiot who thinks libraries shouldn’t exist: 0.