Less Lord of the Flies and more Sense and Sensibility

San Francisco Main Library

The title of this post is courtesy of the Mayor of San Francisco.

The mayor’s letter to the commissioners proposed creating a Family and Education Fun Zone around the library and suggested that the first step should be instituting actual penalties for breaking the library’s long-standing code of conduct. Previously, most bad behavior was met simply with a warning to stop. In response, library staff beefed up the Patron Code of Conduct with much harsher penalties than the admonishment, “Uh, that’s a sink – not a bathtub.” Under the proposals, which will likely be tweaked after community input and voted on by the commissioners this spring, repeat offenses could result in being banned from all the city’s public libraries for up to a year. – S.F. library proposes new code of conduct with penalties

In my experience, you do have to have rules but no one ever enjoys having to enforce them.