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“Information is the currency of democracy.” Thomas Jefferson

Library of Congress, Reading Room

Recently I went to librarianships’ mecca, The Library of Congress. It was a beautiful site, dripping with history and illustrated the monumental nature of the LOC through its architecture, art, and collection. If information is the currency of democracy, the LOC is a true global monopoly.

The photo above is reading room at the Thomas Jefferson Building.

Always on the Move

Always on the Move

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October 7, 2013 · 11:42 pm

Rocking and Rowling, all over the world

I'm in the second row to the right...

I’m in the second row to the right…

Public libraries have been traditionally defined as spaces within the public realm that facilitate intellectual expansion, cultural preservation, and quiet contemplation.  However, libraries have adapted beyond this superficial and traditional model to use the library’s place in society and its physical space to foster a sense of community, empower citizens, encourage diversity, and aid leisure activities.  Music has been used as an innovative way to increase the positive use of library space and adapt to new institutional models.  Since 2002, public libraries have been breaking their silence and utilizing their space to provide a home to the cultural craze, Wizard Rock.

Harry and the Potters: Felix Felicis <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycbpj8ceMQ4&gt;

Wizard Rock or Wrock, is a musical genre inspired by the stories of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.  This musical movement began with a band name Harry and the Potters and expanded to include at least 400 bands worldwide.  Other popular bands that have frequented the library circuit include: Draco and the Malfoys, the Whomping Willows, the Remus Lupins, Ministry of Magic, and Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls.  These individual musicians and bands write, sing, and perform songs about Harry Potter, expanding the world of Rowling fandom beyond books and movies.

These bands focus on themes of social justice, love, and overcoming adversity not only in their songs but also in social programming, advocacy, and charitable work .  Wizard rock is a great advocate of public libraries and literacy within the music industry.  Furthermore, in 2009, “Wizard rock music” or “wrock music” was added to the Library of Congress Subject Headings, solidifying its noteworthiness within the library catalogues and the music industry.  

A concert I was at The Remus Lupins at TPL North York Central <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hsbLD110Oc&gt;

Wizard Rock concerts create an irreplaceable cultural and social environment within the library and society, enhancing the lives of numerous “Potterheads”.

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