I take exception to the claim that the Tacoma library system is somehow failing the public (letter, 4-7). As usual, a person decided to use one example as rationale for passing judgement on some public service. In this case, being a weekly user of the Tacoma library system, I feel the need to defend it.
Each Saturday, my three-year-old son and I visit the main branch to check out a slew of books to get us through the week. We have put over 50 items on hold over the previous year and have had no difficulty obtaining any of them. The staff is always welcoming and helpful.
If there is any problem with the Tacoma Public Library, it’s only due to the funding cuts every year that close the library two out of every seven days each week. However, that’s not the library’s fault. Maybe if the city decided to make libraries a priority and keep them open and accessible every day (like all Pierce and King county libraries), it might be easier to get the materials you need.