My personal library says I’m a huge geek who wants to read about kickass women. It’s pretty unambiguous on this point.
But my hometown library sometimes sends conflicting messages. For example, today I learned that in our “children’s artists” music section, we have ten, yes ten, CDs by a group called “Trout Fishing in America.” In comparison, we only have two by Raffi.
(Of course, it took three hours of organizing to reach these conclusions, as the CDs routinely get “put back” in entirely the wrong places. One of the Raffi CDs was in with the movie soundtracks, for example, and half the Trout Fishing in America CDs were with the games. Though maybe someone ignored the label saying “children’s artists” and just assumed it was some kind of simulation game. I could see that.)
Anyway: Trout Fishing in America. Maybe I’m biased because we always sang Raffi songs at my elementary school, but doesn’t that seem…odd?
But then again, this is the library that has two seperate graphic novel sections, one sorted alphabetically and the other via Dewey decimal, despite the fact that there is no difference between the collections. In fact, most books appear in both sections. I’ll forgive them the separate adult and YA comics sections, even if they also have a lot of crossover– but why the further separation within each section?