Hi All, I started posting this as a comment to Norma's journal referencing her UAPL bias posting on her personal blog. But then I thought that more people should see at least some of the possible arguments we can come up with in support of libraries.
Looking at all that UAPL claims to offer, I think that UAPL comes off looking family friendly and learning oriented. There's a lot for churches to support in that.
So, with that introduction, here is my reply to Norma.
Shouldn't your vote be based on library's overall contribution to the community?
While I think opposition based on the idea that libraries shouldn't be competing with cafes is perfectly sound, I'm concerned that you are basing your vote based on the fact that the library carries materials objectionable to you.
Think about what else Upper Arlington PL does for its citizens. Looking at their home page I see that they are:
And it looks like there is more that they do for the community, including offering home access to a number of databases including Chilton's Auto Repair Manuals, which is hardly a liberal-elite item.
If you honestly believe that doesn't offset having books that are not in line with your personal beliefs, by all means vote against this bond measure.
But if you are willing to consider the totality of what your library appears to be doing for your community. Then please consider letting them grow by voting for this bond measure. Then round up some people from your church and start placing multiple requests for new materials. If you can't get items placed despite 50 or 100 people from your church asking them, then you'll have a solid claim of anti-Christian bias no one should be able to dismiss.