Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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The persons responsible for this will burn in hell:
New restrictions on library access mean homeless children can no longer borrow books from the Porter County (Indiana) library system. ***

In a letter dated May 11, the library informed Porter County shelters their residents will face restrictions after the library claims it lost more than $4,000 worth of books and audio-visual materials in the last four to five years because of temporary shelter residents who failed to return the items.

The policy allows adults residing in the temporary shelters to receive a renewable library card on a three-month basis. Those adults will be allowed to check out no more that three print or audio-visual items.

Children 17 and under who live in the shelters will not be eligible for a library card, the policy states.

Porter County Public Library assistant director James Cline said library records showed a number of people with addresses of local shelters had failed to return materials over the last four to five years. The result, Cline said, was a loss of about $4,200.

It’s not clear what percentage of the library’s losses the dollar figure represents. ***

Porter County policy for anyone other than shelter residents allows for children to check out materials as long as they have permission from a parent or guardian.
Donald C. Johnson, the Porter County library director can be reached here: djohnson@pcpls.lib.in.us and James D. Cline, the asst. director, can be reached here: jcline@pcpls.lib.in.us You can reach the Porter County library by phone here: (219) 462-0524

And the heroes at the American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Chicago, IL 60611, will take your toll free call at this number: 1-800-545-2433

via Bookslut


NW burbs said...

Maybe they know book-banner-wannabe Leslie Pinney.

liz said...

Wait.... you could be on to something. How about if the Porter County Library folks worked out a deal with Ms. Pinney to ship all those nasty books from the NW burbs to the homeless children in Indiana. That way, our precious suburban youth would be shielded from all that titillating stuff about plant sex, economic theory and the heartbreak of war, while keeping those irresponsible homeless children and their whiney, left-wing, soft-on-childhood advocates quiet. I think it could work!

Anonymous said...

Working with community organizations, Porter County Library developed and implemented a policy in August 2006 that benefits homeless residents and protects the library.


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