Porn Free vs. Free Porn

I recently began working at a nearby branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. I had to jump through flaming hoops to snag this part-time city job, but I must say that it was worth it. At first, I thought that I had made a terrible mistake; that I could not be satisfied to shelve books for four hours at a time. However, the more I do it, the more I like it. I certainly prefer it to answering difficult insurance policy questions while being tape-recorded while trying to do clerical work all at the same time. Besides, the pay is better. I know what to expect when I go in, there is no rush, little pressure, and it is a nice quiet working environment. My coworkers are quirky so I fit right in. I have been working there nearly a month now, and almost miss it when I don't have to go in. Allow me to offer some behind the scenes info on my working experience.

First of all, I was so surprised to find that there is such a large back room consisting of a complete kitchen, non public bathroom, about 10 desks for the clerks and librarians, and separate room to store the back issues of newspapers, magazines, and withdrawn books. I winced when I witnessed a perfectly fine book being dropped into a blue recycling trashcan! I was relieved to find out it wasn't going to be destroyed, but given to the Friends of the Library Association to be sold at a future book sale. I am allowed to take home a withdrawn book here or there which is a great perk of the job. My son got a hardbound historical book of war maps used in WWI and WWII. He was tickled.

The next thing that surprised me was the amount of employees working at any given time! The library where I work is not one of the larger ones, however, it did very well during the last big quake, and was one of the only libraries to remain open and service the valley. At any given time, the Senior Librarian as well as two Junior Librarians are there taking turns working the reference desk and processing new and old books in the back. Then there are two to three gals working the front desk where books are returned and borrowed. They also have book-processing duties in the back. Then there are two to four MC's (Messenger Clerks) working feverishly to sort all of those returned books and put them back on the shelves. I fall into that last category, but not for long. It's quite interesting how it is all set up. Each MC is responsible for certain sections of the library, perhaps A-C in the children's picture books, the x-700's which I believe are the children's craft books, Adult Mystery books, which are in a class of their own, and a smaller section like the 400's which are dictionaries and the like. Not too heavily used.

Any given day for me goes something like this: go to the back to see who is assigned to trucks -picking up the checked in books that have to be taken from the front and placed on the sorting shelves every 20 minutes or so, who is assigned to pickup- taking all of the books to be returned to other libraries into the back room and placing them into their respective tubs, and shelving my sections. The time either seems to fly by or drag. I like my coworkers and we often chat about the weirder books. There are certain opening and closing duties as well.

So when I first started, I took the time to read the training manual and get introduced to the Dewey Decimal System (that's another column since I haven't mastered it yet) and read over the general library policy. Two weeks into my job, as I was innocently shelving the Nutrition books, I glanced up only to see what I had not expected....... HARD CORE PORNOGRAPHY right there in the middle of the library being viewed by a sixty something man dressed like Mr. Rogers!!!!! I erroneously hoped that he was only glancing, but it went on and on. I was especially bothered since a young girl sat inches away from him oblivious to what he was doing thanks to the privacy screens on the computer monitors! I am aware of the First Amendment right to free speech, but this was a bit too much. The mom in me couldn't handle it, so I decided to ask the librarian what the policy was, as it was certainly not addressed in the manual. I was informed that this creep had a constitutional right to sit and view this explicit material in public, in the presence on minors, for his allotted two hours, so long as it wasn't illegal kiddy porn. I told the librarian that I wasn't really checking it out that closely in order to classify just which type of porn he was viewing. She said I could go shelve books in a different part of the library if I was offended. I opted to stay where I was to watch over the young girl, and shield the little boys playing hide-in-seek who might get an unsuspecting sneak preview. Believe you me, I am not a prude. I believe in free speech, and that people should be able to read whatever they like, but really, isn't this taking it a bit far? I was further informed that librarians do not have the authority to tell MINORS not to view porn in the library so long as they are quiet about it. It's not the librarian's job to peer over the shoulders of its patrons to see what they are reading. But why then do they not have Hustler available on the Mag rack?

I don't know what the answer is. Maybe we need to have a cordoned off section of the library for those folks who feel the pressing need to view porn for free. But that could be misconstrued as condoning the behavior. It wouldn't be obvious if one were reading up on how to make a shoe bomb, or how to order black market cigars, but full screenshots of mostly female genitals for two hours during high traffic hours in the presence of pre teens? What has become of our society? Does it have to be all or nothing? Should taxpayers have to pay for this? Heck, the dude could have driven for ten minutes to the Adult Bookstore and paid ten cents for his jollies in a private booth! Why at the library? I don't think it should be allowed. Not on the public dime. Books are one thing, but moving pictures are another. My only comfort was knowing he had to put in his library card to access the computer. Perhaps I should have taken a cell phone photo of him just for our records. Or is there a law against that? I think that there need to be some guidelines that patrons need to abide by in public places. What they do in private is their own deal. I vote for Porn Free in public instead of Free Porn in public. I plan on starting some waves. I've already got my favorite city council member (aka hubby) looking into the matter. It is absurd that we have the right to shush little children who are being disruptive by giggling ar talking too loud, but must look the other way to what many consider to be far more offensive disruptions, although of a much quieter nature. Check out what http://www.ala.org/ has to say about "Intellectual Freedom" if you don't believe me.

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For those of you who are wondering about the photo, it is a photo of the Bookmobile which is parked behind the Granada Hills branch during the 6 week closure due to reconstruction. Books can be reserved on line, and picked up and returned at the bus.

I heard this on the radio a few days ago, and it stopped me dead in my tracks and almost made me cry. The words are so timeless. What a master of thought John Lennon was.

Imagine


Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Mother's Day Quotes:

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'"

- Unknown

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M-O-T-H-E-R
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

- Howard Johnson

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A young boy said to his mother, 'How old were you when I was born?' His mother replied, '23.' 'Wow, that's a lot of time we missed spending together.'

- Unknown

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Mum,

You may be treated like the maid,
you may be treated like the gardner,
you may be treated like the daycare,
you may be treated like the chauffer,
you may be treated like many things.
But one thing is for sure,
You will always be loved.
For a fathers work may be from sun up till sundown,
but a mothers work is never down.
And all that I have, am, and hope to be, I owe to you,
So this is for all the times I forgot to say THANK YOU!!


- Alison Thompson

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A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

- Tenneva Jordan

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May 1, 2006
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Quotations of Benjamin Franklin

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.

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Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

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When you're finished changing, you're finished.

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The doors of wisdom are never shut.

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An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.

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Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.

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Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it is.

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If you would not be forgotten as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.

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There was never a good war, or a bad peace.

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Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

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Necessity never mad a good bargain.

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A good example is the best sermon.

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Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

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Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

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There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

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Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

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There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means- either may do- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

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We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

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You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.

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Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

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He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.

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To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

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We must indeed all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.

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Take time for all things; great haste makes great waste.

If you can't pay for a thing, don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it, don't sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad.

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At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgement.

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Man's tongue is soft, and bone doth lack; yet a stroke therewith may break a man's back.

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Glass, china and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.

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He that would live in peace and as ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.

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