I have been following this story from afar. Some of you may recall my post last month about Susan Wise Bauer and the Williamsburg Regional Library. Here is a quick blurb from that post, but please read the entire thing to get up to speed.
It seems that Bauer has become a victim of budget cuts to her public library. Because she does not live in the same county as the Williamsburg Regional Library she has been forbidden to check out books or have a library card.
Now Bauer has taken her campaign to keep her library card beyond letter-writing. On January 31st, the last day in which her library card will be valid, Bauer will be leading the “The Great Checkout Protest.” She has asked all out-of-county library users who will be losing their borrowing privileges on February 1 to “come and fill your library card with as many books as you can” in order to show the Williamsburg library system how important they are to the library.
I like it.
Amy James says
Yeah- I don't really understand this. In Pennsylvania, if you have a valid library card from any county that has taxes for libraries, you can get a library card in any other (similar) county. Some counties, or, like in Perry County, some townships, don't pay that tax, but instead of denying them library services, the Cumberland County Library System allows them to get cards as long as they pay for them- when I was working there, it was $5 a month. The Williamsburg Regional Library apparently is refusing to do that, even though it would be money in their pockets!
Wow, I wasn't even aware of this and it's happening right in my own town. This doesn't seem to make sense on any level whatsoever and it's too bad because the WRL is really a great library. Here's to hoping the protest does some good.
John Fea says
Amy: Thanks for bringing the librarian's perspective to this. Christopher: Perhaps you can head over to the library and join the protest.