It’s always nice to see people concerned about their librarians, even their fired librarians. A few months ago I wrote about a protest involving a dismissed library worker in Alaska. That one was confined to the library board meeting if I remember correctly.
That might not sound like much, but the town only has about 6,000 residents. If 1% of New Yorkers took to the streets, it’d be considered a major event. Sixty residents in Epping is probably enough to bring the town to its knees and snarl up traffic for several minutes.
And that’s not all. In addition to the protest, there’s a Change.org petition to reinstate “Miss Tracie” to the library. It had over 250 signatures when I looked at it.
Think about that. If you were fired, would 250 people protest? That’s pretty amazing support for a part-time children’s librarian.
The testimonials are glowing from parents and children, and one parent described the librarian as a “rock star” for the children. One child is planning to become a librarian because of her influence, thus adding to the number of potential un- or underemployed librarians in 20 years or so.
There’s no official reason given for the dismissal, which is understandable. The scuttlebutt is that she took too many sick days, but nobody’s confirmed that.
The chair of the board of trustees declined to comment on the firing, but “said he was pleased to see so many people coming out to support the library.”
That’s either very diplomatic or very obtuse. Does protesting against the library board of trustees for firing a librarian equate to support of the library?
Looks like there’s more to come. The protesters are planning to attend the next board meeting, so we’ll see if radical action has any effect on this library board.
Either way, it’s still a good sign that there are librarians having such a positive effect on people that the people will stand up with signs in public places and say things on their behalf.