What is a LAPPAR you say? Well a LAPPAR is a Librarian Against Pawnee Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation is a reality show on NBC with Leslie Knope as the focus. On the show, Leslie Knope is the head of the Parks and Rec department. The show main focus is on the Parks and Rec department, but it also highlights the City of Pawnee's government's inner workings. In the midst of the show is a heated rivalry between the Parks department and the city's Public Library. The antagonist of the Parks department is Tammy the Librarian, who is described a crazed sex-starved evil ex-wife of the Parks Director Ron Swanson. First, that in and of itself is grounds for librarians around the world to take offense. The icing on the cake is their out and out hatred and prejudice of libraries in general. Take a look at these quotes:
|This doesn't look like any librarian I know.|
"I know Tammy seems scary, but really she's just a manipulative, psychotic, library book pedaling, sex crazed she-demon."
Leslie Knope: "News flash! We're screwed! We've got a big problem with the library."
Tom Haverford: "Punk-ass book jockies!"
Ann Perkins: "Wait -- why do we hate the library?"
Leslie Knope: "The library is the worst bunch of people assembled in history. They're mean, conniving, rude and extremely well read which makes them very dangerous."
Ron Swanson: "Tammy is a mean person. She's a grade-A bitch. Every time she laughs, an angel dies. Even telemarketers avoid her. Her birth was payback for the sins of man, but you know the worst thing about her?"
Leslie Knope: "She works for the library."
Leslie Knope: "Pawnee's library department is the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats I've ever seen. They're like a biker gang. Only instead of shotguns and crystal meth, they use political savvy and shushing."
Shocked yet? This sort of over the top aversion to libraries is, dare I say, frighteningly close to terrorism. This must be stopped! We need to classify this sort of hatred as bookist, librarist, knowledgist, or something. Give me a break this is in it's infancy. However we label library hatred, we need to mobilize and unite! Want to join the movement and show that libraries are not the enemy? Want to show the the world that you don't really need to know anything to hand out dodge balls and tennis rackets? Then join us at LAPPARS on Facebook and make your library support known. Down with library hate! Don't rec-reate, educate!