Sunday, May 7, 2017
Library envy and retribution
My library is the undisputed King of our library system. Not only does our traffic dwarf that of any of our other branches, but we are year after year the busiest library in the whole State. This has engendered occasional bad feeling throughout our system. Sometimes the smaller branches feel ignored and passed over. And even though we, the big branch, get dumped on occasionally, we rarely feel it, insulated in our power, grandiosity, and bulging staff, collection, and equipment. Over the years these resentments can build.
Recently someone, probably in Administration, made an egregious error in our bi-monthly newsletter of events throughout our library system. They listed an extremely popular fix-it clinic as taking place at our library when it is really taking place at another branch. So, in the process of hand correcting someone else's mistake I have gotten a very good look at our next two months of events, lectures, clinics, storytimes, and occasions. At some point I realized that the powers that be are not currently looking favorably upon my own beloved branch. I believe a collective resentment has taken hold politically in the assignment of events throughout our library system.
First let me say that this bi-monthly newsletter is a handsomely glossy 16 page magazine full of all kinds of useful and interesting things happening throughout our library system. Other, far smaller branches, are featuring the above mentioned fix-it clinic where, apparently, heroic repair people fix things that patrons drag in from their homes. Every time something is fixed cheers of adulation and joy ring out through the library. Or so I've heard. I wouldn't know, as it doesn't happen at my library, even though it still says it does on more than half of our events guides. Practically every branch but ours is featuring an Opera Storytime where "a professional opera singer from the Minnesota Opera will combine music and storytelling for a fun interactive storytime experience." One branch is having an after hours teen party, another a "superhero training camp". I wouldn't mind learning how to be a superhero, I mean, depending on the superhero talents. I feel I have a natural talent for time travel, which isn't even really taken as a main superhero talent. I could be "Time Travel Man"! Meanwhile great films of world cinema is screening weekly at a branch not my own, as are a dance party, gardening classes, and a whole DNR hosted morning with frogs! Who doesn't love a frog?
And what do we have in the next two months at my branch, crown jewel of our library system?
Join us on two different Wednesdays for our criminal expungement clinic.