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Free childcare at the library?

Original post made by new to Pleasanton, Country Fair, on Oct 6, 2011

I am new to Pleasanton and made my first trip to the lovely library on Tuesday afternoon to get my daughter and I our first library cards and to check out the place. I have read and heard so many wonderful things about our library.
Boy was I in shocked and disappointed when I arrived into the children area and the place was screaming loud with rude middle school kids and elementary school kids. they were throwing things, yelling and eating.
the group I was near were hanging in a window seating area about 15 kids and none of them even had a library book in their hands.
I was a little pleased when I saw the man reference librarian speak to them. Of course as he turned his back, they made gestures and faces at him.
Are all kids this rude to adults and to other library patrons? Is the library a free babysitting service for these soon to be juvenile delinquents?

I truly believe the library is supposed to be a place of study and not playing catch with dorito bags and such.

I am hoping parents of these kids see this and have a talk with there kids on how to respect the library, patrons of the library and Employees of the library.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I think that it's spelled LIBERRY...are we on the same page...duh...


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Posted by Main Street Jay Walker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

This has been an on-going debate. The issue is whether the library is "free and open to all citizens" or if parents are just tossing their kids into a convenient waiting room until they get off work. My choice is that they have a PAID program where parents must sign-up and have a professional program where kids are cared for in the proper way.

Incidentally, I taught an after school art class for middle schoolers in Dublin ... UGH! It was terrible. Kids just want to play and parents don't want to pay.

Somethings gotta give.

Oh! Almost forgot. Don't go to the library from 3-6 in the weekday afternoons.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

Simple solution. First time a kid does something wrong, the staff tells them that is the one and only warning. Next time, make the kid stand by the entrance, call the parent, make the parent come get them. Keep a list, kid comes back and does it again, ban them from the library unless in the presence of their parent.
These Pleasanton parents raise their brats to think that no one else has rights. The brats do not respect people or property. Look at the delinquents hanging out around Tully's any day when school gets out. Come on parents, you had them now you raise them. If you can tear yourself away from the nail salon and the TV long enough.


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Posted by Moroaga
a resident of Avignon
on Oct 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm

AMEN to the person that originally post this post and to "resident of the downtown neighborhood. Glad to hear I am not the only one paying taxes and not getting the time I need at the library. as for this Cholo person-I truly thing you are a moron. (saw some of your comments elsewhere.

Libraries should be respected
by all


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Posted by Well...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2011 at 12:08 am

"I am new to Pleasanton and made my first trip to the lovely library on Tuesday afternoon to get my daughter and I our first library cards and to check out the place."

Should be "to get my daughter and me"...

"I am hoping parents of these kids see this and have a talk with there kids on how to respect the library, patrons of the library and Employees of the library."

Should be "talk with their kids" ...


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Posted by new in town
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

To Well.....

Sorry I am not PERFECT like you are obviously. I supposed you are one that sends your kids to the library after school for the free babysitting. we all make mistakes except you.


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Posted by Well....
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

"Sorry I am not PERFECT like you are obviously. I supposed you are one that sends your kids to the library after school for the free babysitting. we all make mistakes except you."

If I sent my kids to the library after school for free babysitting, then I'd be far from PERFECT, wouldn't I? Isn't that what you were complaining about initially?

So, no, those are not my kids at the library. My kids are grown, but they never attended the city library after school, unattended. They came straight home from school, called me at work to check in (yes, I am one of those "unfortunate" parents who do need to work during the daytime hours to pay the mortgage and provide health care insurance) and then they would do their chores and homework. If they needed to use the library for an assignment, I would take them myself, in the evening, after dinner, and I would assist them in their information-gathering.


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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2011 at 8:21 am

I have not been inside the library between 3-6pm for years. If this is the latest strategy, parents sending their kids there after school instead of arranging child-care, then this is unacceptable. I agree that there should be a system to contain the rowdy kids and send them home! For those kids that are there to do their homework and not cause trouble, their behavior should allow them to stay!!


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