By Robert D. Warner
July 14, 2011
Recently a citizen wrote to SITNEWS that the design for the new library looks like a "barn." Ketchikan cannot solve its public library problems by simply building a "barn" at a semi isolated local gravel pit and dump site. That's the easy part. It is more of a challenge to build quality collections and assemble a library staff that knows what they are doing. This important challenge reminds me of the definition of a library inscribed on a coffee cup in my collection.
It reads: "LIBRARY, A BUILDING OR ROOM CONTAINING SCREAMING KIDS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES AND WREAKING HAVOC IN WHAT USED TO BE A QUIET AND PEACEFUL PLACE TO READ BOOKS."
Will Ketchikan have the courage to build a quality library or another noisy playroom and entertainment center? We shall see.
Robert D. Warner
Received July 13, 2011 - Published July 14, 2011
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