Creative Uses for the Library

This past Friday, someone called asking if any rooms in the Library could be rented for a birthday party. They can’t. We host book clubs, and financial and medical seminars, and condo association meetings, and other events like genealogy workshops, movie showings, and quilting circles. But birthday parties?

We might rent or sell stuff if we could keep the profits… However, any money we collect reverts back to the City’s general fund, so there is absolutely no incentive to do so. In fact, any money we collect for fines goes directly to the City as well. We don’t get to keep a dime of it. This especially sucks when someone looses an item, and subsequently pays for it. The money goes to the City, and we’re out both the money and the item, causing us to buy a replacement out of our materials budget. We would much rather have the patron replace the item since the City really has no use for the DVD Sideways, AC/DC’s Back in Black, or a copy of, Green Eggs and Ham.

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~ by Woeful on March 4, 2007.

2 Responses to “Creative Uses for the Library”

  1. I completely agree with you on this issue. I went from working at a library that was run based on school budgets (i.e. money from lost materials went to replacing the material), to a city run library where we are in the same situtation as you. It really stinks and if anyone actually paid attention to this predicament, maybe it could be altered to benefit the library more.

  2. On the librarian social ladder…who is cooler…an elementary school librarian or a public librarian? Also, who has better hours?

    On a totally random note, have you guys ever all worn the same color shirt, just to see if you get any good reactions?

    Also, can you talk to us about high school kids making out in the library.

    Thank you in advance,

    Ambrish

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