There's been a lot of chatter in all the library blogs about wanting to get teens into the library. I hope they all start talking about this story and the terrible way the librarians are trying to keep some teens out of their library. This is exactly the sort of un-Library Five-O attitude that will destroy American libraries by eliminating the vital teen element.
According to the story, a "16-YEAR-OLD girl has been given a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order after waging a campaign of terror against staff at a library."
"Campaign of terror"? This is pretty strong stuff. What was she trying to do? Was it gaming? Was she trying to update her Myspace page? Nope.
"The teenager and her gang targeted the area around the Longfield Suite, Prestwich, and Prestwich Library over a nine-month period."
That's a pretty impressive 16-year-old girl to have a "gang." When I was that age they were called cliques. I was never in the most popular one, which is probably why I'm a librarian today.
And what sort of targeting did she do? Well, "she forced her way into the building despite being banned."
But why was she banned?
"The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sat in the children's section of the library using obscene language and causing a nuisance. She also badly damaged the security shutters."
To me, she just seems like a bold and venturesome young lady. What's wrong with sitting in the children's section and using obscene language? Isn't that just expressing her intellectual freedom? Shame on these Lancashire librarians for trying to censor the youth of today!
And aren't security shutters are just there to keep people away from their information? They're just another barrier the Man sets up to keep us in our place and maybe they should be badly damaged!
Oh, and then it seems she was doing some stalking as well. "When the girl began to follow staff home, they requested extra security, at a cost of £2,500." She was probably just desparate to hang out with the cool librarians. After all, she's only human. And then they had to go and hire more security.
What they should have done, of course, was hire a special obscene-language librarian to coach the girl in the finer points of obscenity. But no, these librarians probably just don't like teenagers.