howl's movie; and children's library policy

Sally Odgers sodgers at
Wed Nov 24 21:49:26 EST 2004

I, too, often loiter in libraries. And I sometimes enjoy eavesdropping on
kids as they choose books. I suppose I'll have to cease and desist now. I do
a lot of school workshops and I've already had to train myself to never
touch the children, which is difficult when they sometimes initiate contact
themselves. The little ones often like to get close when it's story time, so
I have to sit on a chair now rather than on a floor cushion the way I used

It's understandable, but so SAD.

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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