Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Even disgruntled patrons love us

This past Tuesday, I joined 65 library employees, patrons, and Friends at Los Angeles City Hall to stand against lay-offs that will devastate the services we provide to the people of L.A.

Many folks spoke during the public comment section of the meeting. (See them here - start clip at 32:30)

Library employees told of the positive impact they have on their communities every single day.

Patrons, including a dad holding his young daughter, spoke of the importance libraries have in their lives.

Friends spoke of their commitment to help libraries serve their communities.

A GAB volunteer shook her head as she told council members how sad it is that things have gotten so bad at her library.

And of course a disgruntled patron ranted about how he is constantly mistreated by librarians at the "dynastic" Central Library. But embedded in his diatribe was the fact that he uses the library often for genealogical research and that the library let him back after he was "kicked out."

Finally - I met a blogging friend for the first time face-to-face! Candace of Book! Booker! Bookest! was there to support us. As a children's book author and mom, she is a huge library fan.

Visit Save the Library for information on how you can help the Los Angeles Public Library. And if you can, come to City Hall at 10 am on Wednesday, March 24.

1 comment:

  1. It was great finally meeting you in-person, Eva!

    I look forward to meeting more children's librarians of "dynastic" lineage. I've always wanted to talk reading with royalty;)