Draw a line

Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003

It seems like the library community should have better things to do than argue over the location and contents of a display case. These silly disputes detract from the purposes of having public libraries.

Why do some librarians think libraries are obligated to provide a forum for every casual group or cause in the community? For example, should libraries give religious groups space to display the Ten Commandments, prayer books, or other materials? Where do they draw the line?

Since there are so many objections within the library community to limiting use of its $1,700 display case to library materials, why not return it to the vendor and use the $1,700 to buy library books? If that is not possible, donate the case to the local museum or mayor's office. Librarians should have better things to do!

Robert D. Warner


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