Saline District Library has got to be one of the most welcoming gathering places for families in our city. It has a warm community feel paired with separate areas for everyone, all of which boast every resource imaginable to meet the needs of each individual visitor. The staff and overall services of the library are so considerate of their patrons, so genuinely interested in those who enter, so so so attentive to the needs of each and every book lover, computer user, class taker, student studier, card holder, young and old.
This being said, you can imagine my surprise when I learned a recent art installment created by young library patrons and other community art groups had upset some members of the community. Let me explain. This summer, the Saline District Library, along with Saline Parks and Rec, Two Twelve Arts Center, SDMA and the City of Saline have implemented a program called "Make a Splash Saline." The idea is to engage residents in the creative spirit of fun in the sun and water-theme based activities which include everything from a fishy library wall in the juvenile readers section and SCUBA night presentations to Under the Sea Puppet Shows and storytimes with swimming.
"We certainly would never mean to create hard feelings in the community. We have moved the windsock to an alternate location and raised the flag back on the flagpole. We always appreciate hearing from our patrons and friends and strive to create a local resource where all members feel valued."
That's our library for you, so considerate, so genuinely interested, so attentive. I would expect nothing less. Certainly, they felt this was the right move and I applaud their ability to correct any discomfort. So why is this "What Got To Me Today"? I just can't get my head around the idea that someone must have thought the library was being, I don't know, unpatriotic? Insensitive? Biased even? by showcsing the art created by the community's children?
Of course, this is just me in a shark infested rant, and no, my kid wasn't one of the windsock creators. I was just rubbed a little the wrong way by the idea there were some out there who actually thought the library was acting a bit short of duty. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Potty on the Go? Um....NO!!!
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