The Richland Public Library was a huge disappointment to many families this week. Like many parents, I dropped my children off for the much-anticipated Doctor Who party advertised on the main page of the library website. They were so excited, wearing their Doctor Who T-shirts and eager to make friends with other local "Whovians." Unfortunately, they, along with a lot of other devastated children, were turned away from the party and told that only those who were specially invited for completing the summer reading program were welcome. The trouble is, the website says this nowhere. Obviously, if an event is by invitation only, it shouldn't be advertised on the website as an upcoming event.
To make matters worse, the library staff handled the situation very poorly. Rather than apologize for the miscommunication and send someone out to buy extra treats, they chose instead to crush children's spirits and embarrass the organization.
In a time when libraries are struggling to remain relevant and viable in a technology-driven, modern world, this hardly sends a positive message to young patrons (and voting taxpayers of the future) that the library is a great place to visit. So much for a public library being "public."
JENNIFER BAKER, Pasco