But of course no one knew about this one anomalous patron until the "female employee" went about her busybody bureaucratic business and ratted him out. There was no slippery slope. There wasn’t even a mistake on the boy’s part. There was just this one glitch that allowed this one boy to use the Nazareth library for about 29% of his little life. That’s a lot of precedent for a seven-year-old.
Was she a "librarian" (whatever that means)? Let’s hope not, because one would think that librarians would have a professional motivation and dedication broader than just following every technical rule in the township library handbook. Librarians have a professional obligation to encourage reading and a joy of lifelong learning, and if I were a librarian who’d happened to notice this little anomaly, I’d have just kept quiet about it and let the kid enjoy the summer reading program, rather than actively seeking to crush his hopes and dreams with my bureaucratic nonsense. One little boy who has broken no rules using this library damages no one. Maybe if he’d been there to play videogames, "female employee" would have left him about his business.
Since I’m writing this on a Sunday afternoon, it reminds me of an anecdote. There’s a story about Tito. Allegedly when he was a young altar boy he accidentally spilled the wine (I say allegedly because one story has it that he allowed priestly garments to fall to the floor). The priest struck him and told him to leave the church, which he did. He grew up to hate the church and become a communist revolutionary. Perhaps little Dominick will grow up to hate libraries and become a revolutionary anti-librarian. If he does, we’ll know who to blame! "Female employee"!
Speaking of the Church, it makes me wonder what the "female employee" would do if Jesus Christ showed up and wanted a library card. He’s definitely from Nazareth, but she would probably turn him down for insufficient proof of address. She probably wouldn’t let him into the summer reading program, either.