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So although this isn't an uncommon occurrence, one of the top library stories this past week is the story of a man forbidden from "all libraries on the face of the Earth" after his activities at the Racine Public library. How is that even enforceable? An ankle monitor bracelet?
The story got some extra mileage by LJ's Annoyed Librarian entry yesterday dedicated to possible workarounds of the Earthly library ban for this man so that he can get his library fix and oddly likened public masturbation to sex in libraries (?). What I'm curious about is when will these stories stop being newsworthy -- or maybe a better question is who are these stories newsworthy to? As I mentioned before, library biz folk aren't really phased by these stories. This is not to say that it's acceptable or in any way "normal," (one never forgets their first interaction with a 'bater) but the majority of people who seem to get worked up about it are the general public. I suppose this is because they can't imagine coming into the office one day to find Jenkins openly shaking hands with the man downstairs. I envy them in that way.