Libraries want to encourage readers, not jail them

As a retired librarian, I appreciate the Advocate's concern about libraries having trouble getting their books back, expressed in the editorial, "Libraries should drop jail policies on overdue books," on July 25. Having worked in both public and college libraries, I can say that we are a profession dedicated to serving our constituents. We want people to use our services. We want them to check out books. We want to aid them in finding information sources. We do not want them afraid to come through the door. For that reason, I would like to clarify a point suggested by the editorial's headline. Read Story »