Dan Harper: Libraries open the doors ...

Dan Harper: Libraries open the doors to the world

There are 15 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jun 1, 2008, titled Dan Harper: Libraries open the doors to the world. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

When I was 5 or 6, my dad and I would walk to the local Carnegie library in Fairfield, Iowa.

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Oakland, CA

#1 Jun 1, 2008
Thanks for bringing this important issue into print. I went to Pajaro Valley schools, and spent a lot of time in the library researching and browsing through titles to find those that peaked my interest.
We MUST keep the libraries open!

Tustin, CA

#2 Jun 1, 2008
Yes Libraries are important.

On a local level, let's get government costs under control.
Lets get government back to being efficient.

Let's cut the ridiculous over-compensation and government bloat and Use The Savings to keep the libraries open!

It's for the kids and the community - don't these bureaucrats care? Are they so greedy, they will cut libraries before their egregious compensation?
Watsonville teacher

Hayward, CA

#3 Jun 1, 2008
Thank you for this piece. We are devastated that we are losing our amazing librarian and access to our school library. It's absurd and very, very sad.
jack ferguson

San Jose, CA

#4 Jun 1, 2008
Good column today.

Los Gatos, CA

#5 Jun 1, 2008
"peaked my interest."

Is it not "piqued."

help us out, Dan.

Ya gotta lotta teaching left to do do ...

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Jun 1, 2008
I wonder how much money our libraries could save if they didn't bother to stock books on: multiculturalism, gay rights, ethnic grievance studies, astrology, ETs, or celebrity confessionals?
The system is broken

Lafayette, CA

#7 Jun 1, 2008
RobtA wrote:
I wonder how much money our libraries could save if they didn't bother to stock books on: multiculturalism, gay rights, ethnic grievance studies, astrology, ETs, or celebrity confessionals?
RobtA- Your white sheet is showing.

Lafayette, CA

#8 Jun 1, 2008
Great article Dan, your one of my favorite teachers and I agree with mountaingirl "Ya gotta lotta teaching left to do". The Library is my Church and I have gone religiously 3 times per week since I got my first Library card at 8 years old. God bless America and our Library system.

United States

#9 Jun 1, 2008
These school districts as well as local politicians hold Libraries hostage from the folks. When they want more and more money they always threaten to close the library, cut off sports, cut back on music programs. I would hope that you could see through this phony crud. We need these folks to spend more time and effort to curtail useless expenses. Please people check out their so called budgets. The legislators propose a budget that is totally out of reach. When there is not enough funds coming in to meet this budget, they start the hostage taking. When the folks finally succumb to their brow beating, they get more and more money to spend on their "pet programs" and they go on to the next year.
I really wish that the voters had the time and the desire to check out what is really happening to this once great State. Good Luck to all of us.

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Jun 1, 2008
How could my white sheet be showing? I sent it out to the dry cleaner.

United States

#11 Jun 1, 2008
The main points of Dan Harper's column are 1.'I like to read', and secondly how he used private book stores to satisfy his need to read. A library facilitates reading, but is not necessary for someone motivated to read. I do think libraries are important, but wonder if there is a way to reduce the cost of operating them. One library per city or four large county libraries?
Taxed too much

San Luis Obispo, CA

#12 Jun 1, 2008
Yes I like to read also, but not smelling the homeless sleeping in their library den that we all pay for. What a tax burden our local libraries have become and for who? Get the truth by visiting and not the romance of this father and son story.
local girl

Boulder Creek, CA

#13 Jun 1, 2008
While I agree libraries should be maintained and modernized, I find the general thrust of the article ironic.

During the "great" depression libraries all across the nation like ours were funded through the private philanthropic endowment of an individual.

Subsequently, local government through the public trust has maintained "our" libraries.

However, these days local government is bleeding our hard earned tax dollars all over the place.
And the economic downturn/recession is hurting the folks who are constantly footing the bill.

Perhaps the library staff could research private funding sources from grants to wealthy individuals, corporations, etc. It could even be written-in to their job description--aren't librarians trained in Information Science"? And don't they have all materials "at hand" so to speak?

To see what we're already paying in local taxes and what the money is supposed to be funding, check out the library's own website. It seems to me that maintaining the status quo of things just keeps getting more and more expensive. Show me some real creative thinking and bang for my buck. I don't think you'll find it here.
local girl

Boulder Creek, CA

#14 Jun 1, 2008
Link to local tax measures:


Vernalis, CA

#15 Sep 14, 2008
I thought your column on Batman movie in 9/14/08 Sentinel paper was excellent and right on. I agree completely. I dislike to going to any movies because of the violence and ugliness and lack of plot except for fear. Thanks. I cut it out and will save it.

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