howl's movie; and children's library policy
vendersleighc at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 24 21:41:08 EST 2004
Deborah linked to:
> "In an attempt to make their children's areas
more safe, Orange County
> libraries are no longer allowing adults without
children to loiter in
> its children's area. <snip>
> I understand, I really do. Sadly this is
probably a good idea. But!
> What does "loiter" mean? I browse in
children's libraries, looking for
> interesting books. For me. Does that count as
There was a recent thread on The Straight Dope
about strange people who sometimes use libraries
for purposes other than reading and borrowing
books....... Although some were no trouble others
were actually disruptive to other library users
(from smelling like Foul Ole Ron to random
shouting, harrassing and even assaulting people).
Apparently because libraries are public spaces
they don't "have the right to refuse entry" so it
can be difficult to exclude even people whose
behaviour is offensive. The OC policy sounds like
something to give childrens' librarians at least
some powers in this area. What I would hope is
that "loiter" in this context actually means to
behave in some manner that is obviously
detrimental to others, rather than just to be an
adult in the proximity of children's books. As to
paedophiles, whether an adult is behaving in such
a way as to appear more interested in
"befriending" children than choosing books is
going to be a matter for the librarians'
instincts, possibly supplemented by complaints
from children and their parents. One can just
hope that paranoia doesn't take over...........
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