Submitter: We recently moved to a new (smaller) town in a new state. I was super excited when we found out that the library is walking distance from our house. And the library looked good, from the outside. Inside is a different story. The books are very hit and miss. The kids section is small and out of date, and there are gaping holes in the adult section. Don’t even get me started on the young adult section. There is a saving grace: they are a member of a network of like 130 libraries in the state so we can request pretty much any book we want. Anyway, my daughter (9) is a huge Dino fan, and this was one of maybe 6 books on dinosaurs that they had. It’s old, and held together with tape. The hand drawings are old, and while in color, that color is green. The about the Dino sections are out of date by today’s understanding (brontosaurus anyone?), and it’s just dated. Don’t get me wrong, my daughter is planning to make everything in the book and I’ve already looked it up on amazon (less than $4 plus shipping) but it just isn’t what I was expecting from the library. The tape, stained pages, slight tears, and age make it something I never thought I’d see in a library these days.
Holly: Sad trombone. Checking out your new library for the first time is such a hopeful situation. To find it less than stellar is disappointing. I hope this inspires you to attend library board meetings, or join the Friends of the Library, or volunteer there. Sounds like they could use the help.