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06 March 2006 @ 11:15 pm
Hypatia's Day is nigh!  
March 10 - Hypatia's Day - Why now? This is around the time she was martyred for the dedicated pursuit of knowledge and science in Alexandria, Egypt

Hey, who's Hypatia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia

Hypatia's Day is one of the few holidays I celebrate. It is a day to honor Hypatia's memory and pay homage to librarians and teachers, two groups of people who feed the brains and the breathe the life into our societies and cultures.

Each year, I do something different. Sometimes I send donations to libraries - one year I donated my entire Science Fiction & Fantasy magazine collection to a local high school library. This year I'm going to be writing thank you notes to the staff of the interlibrary loan services responsible for delivering to me all the scholarly texts I could want this year. Seattle Public Library, Gonzaga University Library and a library at one of Washington's Christian colleges have been particularly wonderful and instrumental to my pursuit of knowledge this year.

My dear librarian friends - Your knowledge, your communication with the public - you are the ambassadors of knowledge and the beacons of accessibility to the masses. THANK YOU.

My dear teacher friends, past and present - You shape our thoughts, our filters, you are the first to inspire us and the last to give up hope when we show a resounding lack of aptitude at something, and you do all of this while brandishing a parental shield on one arm, a lessonbook in the other and peanuts for pay. You are indispensible, beyond value, and all of the people of our society are better for your efforts. THANK YOU.
 
 
 
Artemis Jones: Librarianrimrunner on March 7th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
I am going to come back and read this on days I'm feeling depressed about my profession.

Thank you for reminding me why I do it.
Kburgunder on March 7th, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Heh, I'm going to be sending thanks to several Christian universities this year to commemorate a Pagan martyr. How's that for irony?