scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: light bulbs
Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG
Fri May 19 2000 - 09:48:12 CDT
(MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle) <blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG> wrote:
>While someone mentioned ideas (light bulbs, ideas), here's an idea that I
>would love to see someone out there consider.
>As a "wrapup" for the Service to America campaign (which let's face it: it
>hasn't caught on as much as they - National that is - wanted it to!), how
>about the following:
>For ONE WEEK during the month of AUGUST, Scouts and Scouters from EVERY
>UNIT, in EVERY COMMUNITY in our nation should fan out to our local
>libraries. Scouts and Scouters along with Venturers and Venturing leaders
>should lead efforts to collect, store and place books of all kinds into our
>public libraries and to send to other libraries around the country. Those
>books which are not needed should be given to other organizations that
>provide reading services to youth, and every District should undertake a
>"Reading Makes It Happen" program of reading to youth in playgrounds,
>community centers and even via cable television. In uniform.
I am going to answer this as a professional librarian (and as a library
leader) and attach my "work" sig file rather than my scout one (as ASM for
a troop and Wood Badge Buffalo).
This is a great idea. However, I'd suggest that before doing it units
should contact their local library first. Here's why:
When I was a public library director (for 10 years) some of the toughest
issues I had to deal with were about items folks wanted to give to the
library. Some of these had value, but no place in a medium sized public
library. Some were just stuff we would have had to throw away (moldy books,
mildewed books, gasoline smelling books, etc.). Mike's suggestion of giving
items which are not wanted by the library to other reading related
organizations is great. . . but the same caveat applies.
If someone wants to contact the American Library Association (ALA) about
this, I can advise who to contact. . . but, let me warn you that there are
folks within the hierarchy of ALA who do not feel kindly to Boy Scouts. I
have been part of the center of firestorm of protest over the issue of the
relationship between ALA and BSA. My photo (in BSA uniform) did appear in
our official journal about 2 years ago. I wore it to the ALA Council
meeting (national governing board) to remind my colleagues that by
condemning the BSA, they were in fact condemning some of their own. The
issue, BTW, is the same issue as the Dale case. Discrimination (in any
sense) is anathema to many in my profession.
So, there you have it. I endorse Mike's suggestion, but ask that you
contact your local library first.
Yours in Scouting,
Michael A. Golrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Connecticut Library Council
2911 Dixwell Ave, Suite 201
Hamden CT 06518-3130
Connecticut Library Association President 1999/2000
Connecticut Chapter Councilor
Hamden Rotary Club President, 2000/2001
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
Horace Mann . . . 1796 -1859