Summer Reading Program Cancelled – Harassing phone calls likened to “bomb threats”

Having a policy for when you do and do not limit access to materials is always a good thing. This includes your book selection policy, your Internet use policy and your “when do we cancel a summer program when we’re getting harassed by people who think yoga is a religion”? I understand that dealing with a steady stream of phone calls and emails is unpleasant for the South Carolina library that cancelled its summer reading program due to this type of harassment from one local church, but I really wish they’d taken more of a stand and not likened this sort of pressure from one aggressive group as tantamount to a bomb threat.

The librarians got nervous and decided to cancel all the Thursdays.

“They were talking about picketing the library,” the library system director told a newspaper reporter.

The minister said he didn’t mean things to go that far, that he and his congregation had no problem with all the other Thursdays, only the evil tarot card one.

“We weren’t against the reading program at all,” he told the reporter. “We just want our children being taught the right things …”

unattended children @ your library

Mary Minow does a great summary of some library policies concerning unattended children over at the Library Law blog.

unfortunate children’s books and library humor

A usually-amusing photoset on Flickr of Unfortunate Children’s Books. Here’s another one on library comics, humor and illustrations. [thanks jen & steve]

cryberry… that’s a good one

Overheard in New York

Mom: Don’t you know this is the liberry, not the cry-berry? –The Fordham Library Center. [thanks fiona]

how is a library like Las Vegas?

Maine Today: “A visit to a public library should be like a trip to Las Vegas — what happens there should stay there.”