I’ll admit that within the iSchool there is a bit of a rivalry between the MI and MMst students.
Libraries vs Galleries
Words vs Objects
But in the end, the resources we provide the public ultimately lead to the same things:
Education, personal transformation, and self actualization.
Kind of important things.
Working from that common ground and jokes at Mayor Fords expense, the Bissell Bombers
have decided to voice their support for striking Toronto Public Library staffers.
Since March 18th TPL staff have been on legal strike, setting themselves against
a series of changes that could drastically impact libraries throughout the city. As part
of their protests members have staged Read-in’s (which very clearly reference
library services) however, this Wednesday they will be hosting a Knit-in.
According the recent MI grad who contacted Bissell Bombers; knitting is,
…part and parcel of the stereotype of librarians as dowdy, grandmotherly figures. A Knit-In in support of a library both pokes light, tongue-in-cheek fun at this stereotype while simultaneously challenging it. Today’s knitters are full of passion and vitality. They choose to craft for the enjoyment of it and bring immense creativity to what they do. Such energy is a perfect fit for activist persuits, hence the rise of knit-ins and yarnbombings.
Well said, well said!
If anyone is interested in checking out the event, knit will go down on
Wednesday March 28th from 11am-2pm at City Hall.
For more info go to the TPL-ers FB event page.