Last updated on April 3, 2023
During my time at that library, my child found not one but two needles right outside the side door of the children’s department. The first incident to any mother’s horror, my child touch that needle. I had to wait six months, the longest six months of my life, for a blood test to make sure he was ok. Which, thank god he is. The second time he knew well enough not to touch it.
So imagine this, every morning I would walk the grassy part of the library outside, particularly the area by the greenway, to make sure no other needles were found, especially by children. We at the library, repeatedly asked the county to install camera’s outside as a safety precaution. To which, as far as I know, the library still has no camera’s. The first needle incident was 3 years ago by the way.
One morning I came to work and there was a homeless man sleeping right outside the door. There was a period of time when people living in cars would use the library’s parking lot to live. One of which, had a 3 year old boy.
Staff has helped pregnant and drugged addicted people get food, shelter, and just assistance.
All the while, patrons were asking me if I purchased books “sexualizing children”…..
A question which will never cease to amaze me.
I won’t dwell too long on the fact that you can or cannot check out that book that you don’t agree with. Just like the fact that my kids will never read such a “wholesome” book like, The Secret Garden because the “N” is still mentioned numerous times. Or The Little House on the Prairie, where “the only good Indian is a dead Indian.”
However, I will absolutely call out the hypocrisy of certain people in the community trying to “save our children” from the horrendous books of kids accepting themselves for who they are. When my kid found needles outside the library, NOTHING happened. If anyone thinks that books are more of a threat than the crap you can find on the greenway, so close to where children are. Then please readjust your priorities.