I would like to express my disappointment with the Carnegie Library here in East Liverpool. This is the experience I had there with my 3-year-old granddaughter, who had been wanting to go to the library because she loves to learn.
We had made a few attempts to go to the library but they have been closed. I am not sure what the hours are but I now know they are closed on Sunday, they close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and they close at 1 p.m. on Saturday. I know this because these are the days we tried to go there.
When we went to the library it was on a Wednesday. We walked in the back door and there were two ladies at the main desk. Trying to make it a good experience and play on my granddaughter's excitement, I said to the women "this is our first time at the library." Well that didn't go well because they didn't acknowledge her at all. They just kept doing what it was it was they were doing.
We found our way to the children's room and the lady there introduced herself to us after I proclaimed it being our first time. She them showed us where to find the age appropriate books and gave us a list of the storytime hours (all of which are in the morning during the week). We then went to the books and she picked two. We sat down and started reading them and the nice lady said "I am sorry but we close in 10 minutes. We close at 5 on Wednesdays."
Needless to say, my granddaughter was so very disappointed.
What happened to our town? What happened to people? I thought our goal was to help our youth, not turn our backs on them.
I admit I am guilty of not using our library, but I am sure there are more out here that would if it was made available to them.
I know funding has been cut and we have lost most money, but I am sure it is due to the lack of patrons also. Who wants to patronize a business when people that work there can't be bothered? If you don't like your job or you are feeling some type of way about the people you work with/for or don't enjoy children, then maybe it is time to move on.
I am upset that I now have to travel to show my granddaughter the value of learning.