Ketchikan's Rock Pit Library
By Robert D. Warner
July 06, 2010
Dear Sitnews Editor:
Some of us are rather tired of hearing about "Ketchikan's
harassed public librarians." The last time I checked, many
of them have been feeding quite heartily at the public trough.
We are also tired of the continuing effort to hide our public
library in an unsightly rock pit removed from the center of
Ketchikan. This is both frustrating and discouraging. Why doesn't
Ketchikan Public Library have professional leadership and courage
to stop this misguided effort? It is fortunate that several
folks like Mr. Bergeron are willing to speak out on this important
issue. Shouldn't we be pleased that the public library would
remain at the hub of a city center as it has for over 100 years?
Why would we want to hide it at a unsightly rock pit?
The root of this issue seems to focus on the activities of a
special interest group called " Friends of the Ketchikan
Public Library." They seem to barge in to take over library
planning as if they alone own the public library. What ever
happened to the Ketchikan Public Library Board that has official
responsibility for advising the City Council on public library
matters? Many public libraries in Alaska and other states have
active groups of friends. These groups often provide service
hours so that the public library is not completely dependent
on paid staffing. In Kenai, for example, their Friends of the
Library group provided 2,102 hours of volunteer work in 2005.
In Ketchikan, this local friends group provided only 86 hours
of such service during that same year.
Do we have the courage to reconsider this important issue and
keep our public library in Ketchikan's downtown core area?
Robert D. Warner
Received July 01 , 2010 - Published
July 06, 2010
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