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Favors for MotherReader

I don’t think I ask a lot of my readers. I mean, other than the MotherReader allegiance blood oath. But today, I do have a favor to ask of you. Well, maybe two.

If you work in a public library or school library, please take a look at my article in ForeWord and comment about your own public or school library situation. Basically, I’m talking about centralized control of libraries and its effects on the library and staff. I’d love to get some other opinions on the topic, especially as it would give the post more weight. So if you can, please go by the article, which I was going to title “Sub Libraries” but ended up giving it a title from my first sentence: “A Man Goes Into a Sub Shop...”

Also, I learned about the elimination of RIF funding through A Wrung Sponge. Seems that Reading Is Fundamental is less than fundamental to the current administration. RIF has made it very easy to register your opinion on this issue with your members of Congress and President Bush, and I’d encourage you to do so. (One tip: Know the four-digit addition to your zip code if you live in a very populated area.)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog, already in progress.


Sara said...

Good article, Pam. I'm not a librarian, but as a consumer of library services---see? I can talk the talk!---I would rather have a quirky, individualized local branch than a standardized franchise. I already get consistency and centralized resources through the library system's excellent Internet catalog. I reserve what I want through the Internet, and then I go to the local branch to get it...and stumble across other things that I didn't even know I wanted until I saw them!

Sondra Santos LaBrie said...

I'm going to add a mention of this posting in our weekly newsletter. Now you owe me a favor! LOL

Robin Brande said...

Yeah, that RIF thing needs some attention. On it.