Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Tacoma Public Library

April
8th

TACOMA: Library services are not lacking

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

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April
5th

TACOMA: City services, accountability are lacking

I believe a good community needs to provide quality city services. Tacoma, however, has fallen short of funding these systems properly. Also, these services have fallen short of being accountable to the people who vote to protect them.

The most inefficient of all of these systems is the Tacoma Public Library. Basic services, like keeping a book on hold and requesting an in-book transfer from one library to another, does not happen. I have personally experienced this lack of inefficiency.

A simple third-grade book for my daughter remained “ in transit” for more than a week. When I showed up

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Aug.
24th

LIBRARIES: Should city, county systems merge?

Re: The 2011 Pierce County Library System’s Annual Report to the Community.

I was very impressed by the facts and figures in the report. It would be nice to see the Tacoma Public Library produce such a report. In fact, has anyone given thought to combining the two library systems since Tacoma’s system has to make big budget cuts and there seems to be a duplication of services?

This may be a politically charged issue but should be evaluated and acted on it if it is feasible and would benefit the taxpayer.

I love both library systems and hope

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June
11th

TACOMA: Give money back to libraries

Re: “Medical company bids $700,000 for MLK library” (TNT, 6-9).

Both the Martin Luther King Jr. and the Swan Creek branch libraries were built through a bond issue specifically passed by the citizens of Tacoma years ago to fund library growth and infrastructure, including both new construction and extensive remodeling of existing buildings.

Any monies gained from the sale of these buildings should by rights go back to the library system to continue to fund (and restore) those library services for Tacoma. They should not go into the black hole of the general city fund.

Tacomans didn’t vote for

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May
14th

TACOMA: Another problem with public libraries

Re: A sad state of affairs for once-proud Tacoma libraries (editorial, 5-14).

The state of our public library system will continue its downfall unless attention is given to an ongoing problem. The downtown main library has become the hangout for the street vagrants. No one wants their little one rubbing shoulders with smelly alcoholics, druggies or mentally ill transients.

I recently took my nephew to a free Muppet movie viewing at the library, one of several family events created to revitalize the library. But the transients joined the little ones in the viewing room to partake of the free

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Sep.
12th

TNT: My unrepressed memories of Gary Reese

Re: “Pair accuse Lakewood ex-Scout leader, librarian of sexual abuse” (TNT, 9-9).

I am a lifelong resident of Tacoma. I have known Gary Reese for more than 30 years now. When I was a young man (in the late 1970s and up until 1986), I was a regular at the Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room. Tacoma history was my passion, and I would frequent the little corner back then, and had access to the Boland Collection, which I would help catalog and organize.

I spent countless hours in that room and cave-like archive, often alone with Reese. In all

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Feb.
18th

LIBRARY: Behavior policy needs major ‘tweaking’

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

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Jan.
26th

TACOMA: Don’t close Swan Creek Library

It is an undebatable fact that libraries are essential to the advancement of education in any community. The leadership in Tacoma is working to improve the level of education in our city, but at the same time does nothing to keep the Swan Creek Library open.

The test scores attained by schools on the East Side seriously lag behind the level desired by the state. Time after time, good libraries have been shown to help raise test scores. The token offered by the city leaders is to expand the Sunday hours in the downtown main branch.

Do these city leaders

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