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Sad and Pathetic — My Little Rant

This morning, I headed over to my feed reader for a quick look at the headlines. The sad reality that the library in my city, Troy, Michigan, will be closing on May first was the first thing to greet me. Tweets showing that the Libraries in Birmingham and Rochester Hills will not serve Troy residents, even for a fee, were front and center. Look for yourself, if you need a good cry: http://twitter.com/#!/troylib

Life without reading? Life without learning? Without a library? I can’t imagine, and I am sure I am not the only person who feels that way. I have never lived without a library nearby, and spend much of my childhood roaming the stacks, and carrying books between my home and the library.

There was a millage proposal last fall; the Friends of the Troy Library had a plan to keep the library open. Several self-serving groups took out petitions to muddy the water, and made it their business to dispense misinformation about the library, and the city finances. They managed to confuse an already confused electorate enough to defeat the proposal. It was small consolation to me that the original proposal failed with the largest number of votes. I have no idea what is wrong with people who are so interested in keeping a few dollars in their pockets, they jeopardize the quality of life in the city by allowing this to happen.

What is wrong with you, people?


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Granny lives in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I like genealogical research, gardening, cool weather, spending time with my family, and bluegrass music.

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3 Responses to “Sad and Pathetic — My Little Rant”

  1. Apple says:

    I can’t imagine that the other libraries won’t provide services for a fee. Even as an out of state resident here I can use the library and what they charge me helps their bottom line.

    What little I’ve read about your library’s situation sounds like a whole lot of politics going on. They are going to close – and then what? Is there a chance they could reopen or will everything be sold off quickly to eliminate any possibility?
    AppleĀ“s last blog post ..The Envelope Please!

  2. grannypam says:

    I am sure there will be some libraries that will sell cards for a fee, these two postings were from adjacent cities. In Birmingham’s case, some students who live in Troy, are in the Birmingham district.

    You know, Apple, it is funny. I thought when I moved to the suburbs, I was leaving small town politics behind. It turns out that it is the same thing, on a larger scale. I hate politics!

  3. tipper says:

    Sad news indeed.

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