We're now only a week away from a possible government shut-down here in Minnesota. I'm a bit fed up with the trash talk of all politicians at this point in time. They're acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. They all seem to enjoy tattling to the press about the offenses of others. I don't know that I've heard anyone say anything positive about anyone else's ideas.
If we're supposed to teach our kids how to work together, what kind of example is that?
I'd like to send them all to their rooms and have them make a list of ten things the other side is doing right. Seriously. "Everyone to their rooms, it seems like you can't be friends right now, so you get to take a time out. Make your list, and you can join the rest of us when you're done."
Oh wait. The time out may be coming next week. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone is being sent to their rooms to make postive lists. We'll probably get to hear more tattling about how no one wants to get along.
How would a government shut-down affect our small library? We don't really know. Worst case scenario, we shut down for an indefinite period of time. Right now is not a great time for that with us in the middle of the summer reading program, tween book club, and summer vacation. We have a pretty big crowd of kids coming in on a daily basis. No, not all of them are reading. But every time they come through the door, they are one step closer to reading. Everyone knows about the summer brain drain that happens over summer vacations, right? The summer reading program is one way to help reduce the drain. A lot of our young patrons are latch-key kids with no where else to go, and not a lot of parental involvement. Harsh, but true. We do what we can over here to encourage them on to bigger and better things. If we have to shut our doors, I won't stop the summer reading program. I'll just be doing it outside the building without getting paid to do my job.
If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side.
-Orson Scott Card