For the first time in my long career working in one pretty good American library, we are reducing our hours, just a little bit, closing at eight in the evening instead of at nine in the evening beginning in January. Why we are doing this is perhaps too complicated to answer to here because evil is always really hard to explain. Evil also can be really puny and boring, right up until it is suddenly... horrifying.
We're just at the boring part here, which fairly speaking should maybe have a different word other than the supercharged "evil", maybe like "uvil", or... maybe not. But I did decide to make my little attempt to rail against this dark tide. I wrote the elected officials in charge of approving this reduction in library services.
Please don't be uvil and reduce the library hours.
One of these officials wrote back (though most didn't) and said (roughly):
I am not uvil! How dare you call me uvil. I have always done good. We are not reducing library hours! We are simply changing library hours to better serve the community, mostly for procedural reasons.
You should be thankful it's not worse because we thought about that too.
I naturally had a long, complex, angry response to this.
But I wrote this instead:
Sorry to hear they've done this. It reminded me that I don't know whether the smaller branches (NSP, AH...) are even still open. Guess I'll take a look at the RCL website. Hang in there.ReplyDelete
In my opinion, the RCL website is NOT user-friendly!ReplyDelete
Hey, you have a picture!Delete
Small branches the same hours and open, main three branches closing an hour earlier Mon. through Thursday. In short: property tax levy increased and so then did the annual budget for the county. Library budget was nevertheless decreased.
Sad, sad news. Hard to believe actually. But in this time of sad news, I guess it should not be a surprise. Still sad.ReplyDelete
Indeed sad. I am like you in not being surprised and yet part of me wants to always be surprised by every small wickedness of the world, and maybe by its good as well.Delete