I got home late from work on Oct. 5, but I knew I had enough time to get to the Euchee Creek Library to renew books and find some videos. After all, Tuesday had been "library night" at my house for almost 16 years, since shortly after the library opened in my neighborhood, when my kids were just 4 and 7.
It was an odd and uncomfortable feeling - three new workers. Nobody knew my name. Nobody made jokes about knowing they couldn't lock up 'til I came by. I missed bantering with John (Welch, the former library director) about the books we'd been reading.
The lady who obviously was in charge was very efficiently closing down. Doors were locked by 8 p.m. I knew instinctively that if I had locked my keys in the car, there would be no one waiting there with me while someone came (as John had once done). I was relieved to see that no young children were sitting on the bench having to wait alone for late parents. That night, the library was not the comfortable, homey place I was accustomed to.
The next day, my husband showed me the article about John being transferred. Why didn't that petition circulate through the library on the previous Tuesday night? Since I didn't get a chance to protest then, I am now.
At Euchee Creek, Welch was professional and personal. Over the years, the library incorporated wonderful programs and special events that greatly enhanced the lives of my children. We have been blessed by having such a facility practically in our backyard.
There has always been a homey atmosphere at Euchee Creek. The whole staff made folks feel like family. ... The complaints cited in the paper are, well, lame, for lack of a better word.
Yes, the library is still there, but the changes have already started. Now, the first thing you see when you enter the library is a bright red sign with Uncle Sam warning you: "I want you to turn off your cell phone!" Sorry, folks, but that is not something that makes people want to come in the door. There are better ways to enforce rules and to welcome the patrons.
You want my opinion? Bring John back and give him a raise. ...
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