Dangerous Libraries, Part II: Apology
I called the library this morning, after they opened-- to talk to the librarian about (and to apologize for inadvertently triggering) what I was sure was a boatload of emails on her system, to explain where they were coming from, and to ask her if I could have a copy of the letter to post.
Turns out, after some... awkward conversation, that the story was, as my grandmother would have said, "not stitched out of whole cloth." The paper she had been holding was something else entirely. No letter, no trip to Billings necessary, no upset husband (well, there is a husband-- yes, I have seen him-- but he is not upset about the letter because there is no letter to be upset about).
Why she felt the need to spin this tale to us (there were 3 people near the circulation desk, counting me, participating in this conversation) I do not know. We have not yet been able to talk about that, though we have an appointment to do so. I will likely not share anything of that discussion. I may been-- scratch that, I certainly was, in this situation-- gullible and easily duped; but I am also a priest, and do not make a habit of revealing confidences.
I do, however, owe you who stopped by to read this blog an apology. It was not my intent to stir things up. I try to be honest, even in the opinions and musings you see here (which is all this blog is intended to be); but others were not honest with me. If I had not believed what I was told, I would not have posted it as such. I am sorry to have contributed to such a controversy.
I am also sorry-- and will by the time you read this (I hope) have spoken to the head librarian in Billings, to tell him so-- that the good reputation of some honest, hardworking "big city" librarians was brought into question by the statements of one who was rather less than that, via my repetition of her story on this blog.
Added 1/13/07: I have chosen to remove the post in question. Not because I think that solves the problem, nor do I believe that will eliminate what I am sorry to say is swiftly becoming an urban legend; but simply because that means the folks who follow a link from somewhere else will not find it here. If anything, they will hopefully find this apology instead, and realize that the tale was not true. I cannot do much about reducing perpetuation of this story, but I can do this.
Nothin' more to see here, folks. Time to move on.