Thursday, June 15, 2006


My manager and I were talking today about the ongoing problem of unattened children in the library. "Unattended children" is a misleading label, the child's parent is actually in the building, just not paying any attention. Anyone who has ever worked in a library will be familiar with this phenomenon. Apparently these parents are under the impression that being under the same roof is applied supervision.

So I suggested we play host to a kennel at the entrance of the library. These would be like the lockers at the entrance of six flags where you can place your valuables and carry around those ever so fashionable little keys.

But then we'd get complaints about not having a quarter machine so the parent could get change. And then we'd have a bunch of kids stuck here. Maybe overnight.

Let's just not even touch on what would happen when the parents actually LEAVES them there while they go to work, or something.


At 3:51 PM, Blogger DarwinCheck said...

May I suggest a few additions to your formidable utopian solution?

Kennels will afford these pillars of the parenting community the ability to "dump" their children.

I suggest a new display for your library. Namely... the common household dangers display. This section would come complete with screw drivers, many open electrical outlets, cooking ranges, knives, cleaning fluids, saws, as well as other assorted dangerous household objects and fluids. It would be showcased as an educational solution with books on how to baby proof your house. Disclaimeers would be posted everywhere as well as danger warning to attend your child.

One of 2 things will happen.
1) The parents will tend to their child.
2) Gene pool cleansing.

You would also need a refrigerator box. Irate parents would be tazed, and deposited in the box.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger bitterlibrarian said...


At 9:44 AM, Blogger miriam said...

In our library, the parents were nowhere to be found.


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