the green fields beyond


Location: Charles City, Virginia, United States

Monday, January 31, 2011

My last check-out

Since, despite our letters and pleas and our questions at board meetings, the Williamsburg Regional [ha, that's a laugh] Library is revoking the privileges of out-of-area residents, and since they aren't even allowing us the option of paying a fee for service, today was the final day for me to use the library I've used for parts of the past 13 years.
So today I joined others in donning a "All We Are Saying is Give Fees A Chance" T-shirt, wrote a thank-you note to the circulation librarians (who've always been nice) and walked into the library to check out my final allotment of items. My card has a limit of ten, so here's what I ended up with:

The Castle in the Forest: A novel (Norman Mailer)
The divine hours: A manual for prayer (Phyllis Tickle)
Human Smoke (Nicholson Baker)
The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Miles Harvey)
Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper's Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity (Steve Dublanica)
Lonesome Road: a novel (Mary Louise Clifford)
Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in his Own Time (Sarah Ruden)
Rules of Thumb for Home Building, Improvement, and Repair (Katie Hamilton)
State of Play (a DVD of the feature film)
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert (2-CD set)

I also bought a couple of books at their used-book table. The librarian reminded me that, though my borrowing privileges are ending, "you'll still be able to come in and buy books." Well, sure. But a 2-shelf used-book-store isn't what I drive to Williamsburg for. Sad day.




You and I both know there are bigger issues in this world, but this still makes me heartsick for you. I know you love libraries as much as I do, and the thought of being cut off from my library makes me shiver.

Saddest of all is the non-responsiveness of the board. I hope that eventually you can at least get some answers, if not the resolution you hope for.

Maybe time for Peace Hill to spearhead a campaign for a better library in Charles City County?

9:24 PM  

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