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Remember I wasreally pleasedthat my local public library was experimenting with Sunday opening, and running various events as part of the Sunday pilot?
Well, it was great.
Noisy pre-school children wereactively encouragedto laugh, shout, and enjoy themselves.
The library didn't justcondonefood and drink; it gave it out! (to the children, anyway. I'm still a bit cross that nobody would give me the smartie off the top of their cake).
The event was full, the story was fun, and everyone seemed to have a great time.
They're running a similar event next weekend, telling one of ourfavourite stories. Child and I were keen to go again, and this time we wanted to take her younger cousin, who will be visiting us that weekend.
Unfortunately, the library refuses to let the cousin attend, as neither she nor her parents live in the authority.
Another nice idea, wrecked by the pointless strictures of policy, procedure, and red tape.
Why do we keep doing this, and will we ever learn?
I'm now back to being disappointed by my local library, which seems a shame.