4-Year-Old’s Overdue Library Books Returned After Police Sent To Family’s House « CBS Pittsburgh
FREEPORT (KDKA) — The case of the four overdue library books and the little girl who borrowed them is closed, thanks in part to local police who were sent to investigate the case.
Four-year-old Katelyn Jageman’s books were due back to the Freeport Area Library on Oct. 19, 2011. Until Thursday, they were still in her possession. Library officials said after several attempts to retrieve the books, the case was turned over to police, who made a courtesy call to the child’s home.
“It’s a rare incident, but it does occur,” said Donna Michael, President of the Freeport Area Library Board...
Now I could make comment on the waste of police manpower, etc. Hell, the cost of the book is probably less than the cost of the hourly rate of the cops being sent out to handle this. But I'll let that slid. This is the interesting part of the article.
...The library receives no federal funding and relies on memberships, donations, and a secondhand shop to survive....
Why would the federal government support a local public library like that? A private library should have it's own resources. If it's a city/country library that government should support it. If it's a federal library (e.g. on a military base) it should have federal funding but that's it. And why is it the reporter even mentioned it.