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What business does a padlock have on a library? Ever? May 16, 2010

Filed under: libraries — bestbookihavenotread @ 7:12 am

My brother-in-law lives in California with his family. They moved from the East Coast (Maryland) to the West Coast (CA) for a job.

It seemed like the other side of the world.

It seemed like a great opportunity.

In many ways it has been, but today’s conversation has given me yet another reason to be thankful I live in the smack in the middle of Ohio. Things may not always be rosy, but I wouldn’t trade for what they are facing with their schools. My youngest niece will have 40 students in her class. She is already on a split/staggered day at her school where one group goes early in the day and one group goes later. The first year they were there, her older sister was bussed forty-five minutes across town from the school they lived less than a mile from. She ended up being home schooled.

Now,  specials are all cut, the librarian  let go, teachers were given a two-week unpaid furlough, and, to add insult to injury, put a d**n padlock on the library door!

Okay, these are tough financial times. Many states and districts are having to make hard choices. But to put a padlock on a library door is, in my opinion, completely asinine.


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