Wow! Don't underestimate the power of the Internet. My last blog post about the problems at the library, has been viewed more than 130 times. The response is overwhelmingly supportive although most people have chosen to let me know via email instead of publicly commenting here.
Be sure to check out the thoughtful comments from a few brave individuals, by clicking on the word "Comment" at the end of the post titled, "Time for 'Tough Love' at the Library." Just keep scrolling to reach the more recent ones at the bottom.
Since many are fearful about being identified, I decided to give a quick flavor of what has been sent to me. I only modified the comments to remove identifying information.
"THANK YOU for speaking up. The rest of us are terrified."
"I don't work at the library and I didn't even know one of the staff members who was let go without notice after working there more than 20 years, but I felt bad for her. I thought the man who told me was going to cry."
"Very well said!"
"I've worked here many years and I feel like I don't matter much. I really am disappointed in our board and feel like they rubber stamp whatever admin wants to do. It's quite sad."
"BRAVO, I don't think anyone could have put it better!"
"You are very articulate, speaking the truth - standing for (not against) energy. I read the comments from those who answered you. What a hard thing."
"Thank you for posting this. I am encouraged."
"Look out, DottieMae's dander is up."
A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read the blog and forward comments. I hope you will keep checking back here for updates.
With integrity, creativity, and compassion we can help this library fulfill it's obligations to the staff and to the community.