Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Conceding the point
I have long grumbled at the evolution of the library into a kind of social service agency. If we put half the energy into our collection as we put into teaching computers to seniors, providing community resource advocates, and throwing tech camps and Anime Proms for teens we would, um, have way better books around here. Why, this very week we are starting a program in which kids can come to our library during the summer and get a free lunch!
As an aside I can't wait until some kid comes up to me at the front desk and asks "Where can I get my free lunch?"
"Ha kid!" I will reply. "There's no free lunch in this world!"
Then I'll add "Just kidding. It's out by the Children's Garden. Bon appetit."
But seriously, when has the library been in the business of simply handing out free stuff?