Thursday, November 30, 2006
The quote in my previous post is really just funny, especially in the context of the book I pulled it from, but it reminded me of something less funny.
I have been aware for quite a while now that many people around here only have library cards because the library has movies and music, in addition to books, but only in the past year, since I left the big library downtown for a branch (two different worlds) have I realized there's something worse than that. If an individual chooses not to check out books, that's one thing. But in the past year, I have repeatedly heard parents tell their excited, knowledge-hungry children "No, you're only getting movies today; no books!". Every time, it makes my co-workers and I cringe. Why? Why would you not allow your children to check out books? We have options for parents concerned about what movies their children are checking out, including a no movies at all, ever, option, but books? No books? If asked, these parents might say something about fines, but book fines are .05 per day, and movie fines are .50 per day, so movies are a much greater risk, fines-wise. I just cannot see the advantage to not letting the kids check out books.
Okay, I'm done with my rant now. I should probably mention that I am not a mom, so maybe I'm lacking some parental perspective, but it bothers my co-workers too, and most of them do have kids. Okay, I'm really done now.
Oh yes, some kids do read...some parents do encourage them, even if all they do is look at pictures since they can't read yet. So, I guess we can't give up all hope just yet.
it reminds me of the time i was eating at a chinese buffet and there was a woman and her son filling a to-go buffet container. the boy, who was no more than 4 or 5, said, "look, broccoli!" and his mother told him, "i ain't getting no broccoli. we're getting meat." now, it's true that meat costs more so by getting all meat, you're getting more money worth of food, but not only is broccoli more healthy, how many parents try desperately to get their kids to eat the stuff and this woman won't let hers have any.