WKYC released an investigative report on Monday night about the criminal behavior of patrons in the Cleveland Public Library system. The story uncovered some concerning statistics that more than justified the CPL’s decision to add more security cameras and patrolling guards across its 27 branches, and WKYC even met with CPL’s executive director, Felton Thomas, to learn more about the reportedly rampant criminal activities occurring within library walls.
CPL librarian Terry Metter, speaking for himself and not on behalf of the CPL, expressed concern about the WKYC report.
Stories about how "scary" public libraries are fail to talk about how many kids and adults see the library as a refuge from a society that has turned its back on them. They also reinforce the supposed validity of entrenched segregation and denigrate the value of the Commons.— Terry Metter (@TerryMetterJr) May 1, 2018
Even in good neighborhoods, how many kids escape abusive family members by going to the library? How many women run from abusive partners to find refuge in one of the few places that doesn't require you to spend money just to exist?— Terry Metter (@TerryMetterJr) May 1, 2018
As library workers we also need to be mindful of how pernicious stereotypes about people experiencing trauma, poverty, homelessness, and/or mental illness influence our work. Follow #critlib if that's something that interests you.— Terry Metter (@TerryMetterJr) May 1, 2018
This rather melodramatically suggests that our officers are talking to this guy because he caused a "bad thing" to happen. So who is that guy? It's CPL Officer Anthony Green, who was given an award by CPL for his excellent service. pic.twitter.com/KngUHUMOXe— Terry Metter (@TerryMetterJr) May 1, 2018
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