Going Public

I Twittered this earlier, but it certainly bares repeating.  The Berkshire Eagle has finally decided to cover our budget cuts, and our hours reduction in particular.  Although as a commenter points out, the article never mentions what that reduction is (a gold star to the commenter who guessed we’ll be closing at 5, albeit only on Mondays).

So there it is, read the comments, and puzzle over why exactly someone thinks we should start selling lottery tickets.

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5 Comments on “Going Public”

  1. wolfshowl Says:

    1. That sucks, dude.
    2. Those comments are so full of hilarity win.
    3. I love the guy who suggests turning the library into a movie rental place, so obviously completely oblivious of the fact that libraries already have movies you can “rent” for free.
    4. I’m offended at the suggestion you can’t read and drink beer.
    5. I like the idea of an adult section of the library that has beer, but getting licensed to sell it would probably be difficult.
    6. As for serious suggestions, do you guys already have a friends cafe? My local public library has one plus a permanent huge booksale inside it. Probably too long-term…..You could have a raffle as opposed to the lottery tickets 😉 Seriously though, when I worked for the NPS, we did a raffle at every beach concert, and we made tons of money that way.

    • geekylibrarian Says:

      We still don’t allow food in the building, although pretty much everyone on staff wants to change that.

      • wolfshowl Says:

        I can see the logic of limiting food to certain areas…..like at study tables but not in the stacks. Otherwise you could have some serious messes. *shudders remembering her old academic library*

  2. I visited there at the end of last calendar year when I spent a couple days with my sister in Dalton. It is a nice facility, and was somewhat busy even in a normally very quiet time of the year.

    What most people do not understand (and even a lot of library staff) is where the money comes from, and where it goes.

    They also do not understand that the series of cuts from the 1990s on begins to undermine the infrastructure of not just the facility, but the organization. You have lost branches, outreach, and bookmobile services. You have lost the opportunity to purchase some books, and even if hours are restored, you won’t be going back to buy some of the things you might have.

    It is sad to watch a community’s library begin to be dismantled, and it is even tougher when those doing the dismantling have no clue about what they are doing.

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