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LIBRARY: Behavior policy needs major ‘tweaking’

Letter by Betsy Skevington, Tacoma on Feb. 18, 2011 at 11:08 am | 1 Comment »
February 18, 2011 12:58 pm

Re: “Keeping libraries safe a challenge” (TNT, 2-18).

Are you kidding me? I almost choked on my latte when I read about the levels of punishment meted out to patrons who break rules at the Tacoma Public Library.

Indecent exposure or making a bomb threat earns the perpetrator 180 days of banishment from the library? Drug activity gets you banned for 45 to 90 days? That is absolute nonsense.

The library should be a safe haven where individuals and families can go to read, relax and peruse the shelves without having to worry about being accosted by repeat offenders. One strike, you’re out! Period.

Let’s hope that common sense prevails when the library’s Board of Trustees gathers next month to “tweak” their policies on problem behavior. I’d say some major “tweaking” is in order.

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