Mychal Threets, 33, supervising librarian at Fairfield Civic Center Library in Solano County, California, regularly shares snippets of his life as a librarian with hundreds of thousands of followers on TikTok and Instagram. But then, sharing one of his videos on X, someone said “people are getting weirder,” and dozens of people criticized Threets’s appearance, voice and mannerisms. He was at his grandmother’s 90th birthday party when scores of friends and fans warned him about the post. But very soon, thousands of people posted supportive comments, far outnumbering the critics. “Incredible, you took a guy who is passionate about his job of being a librarian and trying to encourage adults and kids to read more/get a library card....and somehow made it negative,” one person said. In a TikTok video, Threets said that sometimes the best way to respond to people who level insults is with empathy. “I hope those people have a much better day tomorrow. I hope they experience kindness. I hope they experience joy. I hope they remember that they still belong at the library. I hope better days are ahead of them.”

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