Libraries: A True Story

“Library Closed” felt-tip pen on marker paper

My children spend a lot of time in libraries.  We’re kind of library junkies.  We have a local library where we go AT LEAST once a week and we also go on excursions to other libraries within our network.  We have been to lots of story hours and participate in many activities offered by the library.  I am really not bragging – what else do you do with kids?  They constantly want to go somewhere, do something, and get something.  We also go to the park a lot but sometimes it’s raining, too cold, or too hot.  The library is the ultimate for us.  It is something to do, something to get, and it doesn’t cost me any money.  While we are there they can pick books, use the computers, do some coloring, and play with the puppet show or trains.  In addition to lending books, music, and movies they even have (educational) toys and activities that you can borrow.  I honestly don’t know why this place is not mobbed everyday!

My daughter was very excited to start kindergarten this fall. She knew what to expect from her older cousin.  As we were excitedly looking at her schedule she asked, “which day do I have library?”.  There it was, so glaring, like a big hole on Tuesday – no library.  “Um, there is no library anymore, for now.”  I said.  That’s right no school library – budget cuts.  That well stocked room of books… closed.  I really think our community has let our children down in a REAL way.  I know in reality she is not going to miss out on the library.  I will still take her after school and on Saturdays but a school library has a slightly different function than a public library.  It is something to look forward to during the school day.  A place to pick out something that uniquely interests YOU and when you are interested you learn!  What really happened?  They cut the librarian so there is no one to maintain the collection, teach children how to conduct research, and recommend books.

School budgets are being cut all over.  Difficult choices have to be made and home-owners don’t want to pay anymore property tax.  There are even some that feel our schools are not doing a good enough job and therefore casting a sort of “protest vote” against additional school funding.  Sorry kindergartners.  That room and those books are off-limits!  Sorry you may never know a school library.

Ann

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12 comments

  1. No! I can’t believe that. How can they cut a school library? We spend a ton of time at the library, too, but not all kids do. They need that in school! Oh my, that’s just devastating.

    • Terrible right?!!! We’re working on it but I sure wish I lived in one of those communities that VALUED education! Thanks for the comment : )

  2. So sad. And people wonder why there is an occupy wall street happening. The squeezing of wealth up to the top and removing basic educational services is not acceptable. We need basic fairness back.

  3. As a Mom and an Assistant Librarian on the Children’s Floor at my town library, this is just the saddest thing ever! I am wishing your school luck in getting back on track. Think of all the kids who do not have involved parents like you who will miss out on the library entirely!

    • So true! There are groups working on it but there are cuts like this on the table every year here – it’s a uphill battle. Thanks for commenting.

  4. That is so unfortunate! Friends of the Library is one of the NFPs I always support in my community. Not only do they raise money for the public library system but they also provide a venue via their store for those with little resources to be able to enjoy the thrill of browsing and buying a book to take home and savor. To be honest, I don’t recall visiting our school library very much while growing up but the public library was a weekly visit with my mother, in a beautiful old building in upper Wailuku town. I would shed crocodile tears if they ever closed it. In Honolulu, near downtown, there is another old library with an open courtyard in the middle and beautiful architecture, I used to go and sit with a photography or art book on my lunch breaks.

  5. THIS REALLY NEEDED TO BE POSTED. MORE PEOPLE NEED TO SPEAK UP ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY. AMERICA’S CHILDREN ARE JUST THAT… AMERICA’S CHILDREN. THEIR EDUCATION IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL AMERICANS NOT JUST THEIR PARENTS. THEY ARE A NATION’S RESOURCE #1. I THINK MOST AMERICANS, (EXCEPTING THOSE WHO CAN’T FIND WORK) HAVE IT PRETTY GOOD. I PRAY THAT THEY COME TO RECOGNIZE THEIR SELFISHNESS, STOP FEELING SORRY FOR THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY NEED TO PAY TAXES TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THEIR COMMUNITIES AND NATION AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES AND NATION THAT EDUCATED THEM, PROTECTED THEM AND MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO ACHIEVE A GOOD LIFE THROUGH THEIR HARD WORK.

  6. I totally agree Ann! I hope the “do-nothing” congress finally listens to the people instead of always catering to corporations (Oh, wait, I heard corporations are people too – isn’t that convenient?)
    Nice job Doodles and Jots. Someone needs to speak up for the children.

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