Rita Meade, the librarian behind the blog Screwy Decimal, who originally posted about one spunky little girl’s vaguely threatening postcards to Mayor Bloomberg (an effort to scare him into keeping New York Public Library budgets intact) has followed up with the girl after budgets were, happily, largely restored to the libraries. She found that — lo and behold — the sass is still intact as well.
Meade responded thusly to our request as to “Tara’s” reaction to the good news for libraries:
I saw Tara as she walked up the stairs to the children’s floor. She was eating Doritos and staring intently at her Nintendo DS (or whatever the kids are playing these days). I went up to her and said, excitedly, “Hey, remember those postcards you wrote?” Tara looked at me blankly and chomped on a Dorito. “Huh?” She said. “You know, about the library budget being cut?” “Oh…yeah,” she said, looking down at her DS.
“Well, they worked! They didn’t cut the library’s budget! We’re not going to close,” I said.
At that point, she finally got what I was talking about, and she looked at me, smiling, and did a little neckroll/fingersnap thing.
Then she said: “Bring it ON! Let’s see this mayor. If he comes here, I’m gonna give him a piece of my mind.” I couldn’t help but laugh, even as I explained that the Mayor and City Council voted to restore most of the library’s funding. (Although, truth be told, I wouldn’t mind someone giving the Mayor a piece of his/her mind for doing this ridiculous budget game every year.)
Hopefully Tara can work her magic next year, too.
Postcards from the Edge (of The Reference Desk) [Screwy Decimal]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 11, 2011