I've shared my love for reading with my children. When we visit the library, I barely have the truck in park and the kids are out and deep in the stacks, deciding which new book they want to bring home and playing educational games on the kid-sized computers. The librarians are wonderful, not only do they know my children by name, they also know their interests.
Last night we visited the new $38 million main library for the first time since they opened it last July. It is gorgeous, although the parking situation could be a lot better. We didn't actually go to see the books or check out the new building, but we were attending an event, ironically for a caucus viewing party for the only candidate who is for liberty and freedom. I was standing in the foyer, and my girls were eyeballing the inside of the library with hunger in their eyes. It was just too pretty not to explore! I told them to take a quick look and let them go. They didn't get more than 10 feet from me when a security guard came flying out to yell at me that my children were not allowed to be in the library unless I was with them at all times! What? Really? They have a whole floor dedicated to children and children's activities! They cannot be there alone? From their website: The third floor is dedicated to children, with an innovative Early Learning Center and tween area in addition to the children's collection and program spaces.
So I'm left not only feeling angry that the guard yelled at me in front of 20 people, but that my children weren't able to explore on their own. I love hearing about their findings. I also have to wonder why there were any security guards in the library in the first place? I guess we truly are becoming a police state.