This story on the reported banning of arts and crafts groups in a Canadian library district has been making the rounds over the past week.
What I find most interesting is this comment:
“The history of programming in the SDG County Library has been, however, to offer programmes with only the making of a craft as its focus, e.g. build a bird house, make cards, decorate eggs, etc. This has drawn patrons in for the craft, who have left without “experiencing” the Library.”
Isn’t using the library space to engage in an activity as a community part of the essential experience of the Library? I’d hate to think that the sole viable experience of your local library is checking out books. And wouldn’t it be a simple thing to inject some “literacy-focused” activity into these programs? “Here’s a list of available items on knitting.”
What do you think? Where would you draw the line between what are appropriate activities/events/gatherings for the library space and what might distract from the library experience?