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Library Adventures — Part 2

Last time, in Part 1, I described some of the background of my first lawsuit against a library. Writing that was prompted by my being ejected from my local Pickerington library for being barefoot, after nearly 20 years of being a barefooted patron there.

After my ejection (according to the director because I or another barefooted person might have Athlete’s foot and because they had kids on their floor, he could not take that risk) I wrote a letter to every member of the Board of Trustees.

And then . . .

Nothing happened.

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Library Adventures — Part 1

Folks know I have had my issues (i.e., lawsuit) with libraries. I love books and libraries and it offends me horribly that they seem to find it “necessary” to keep out perfectly good and well-behaved patrons simply because the patrons aren’t dressed the way the library wants, and because the library buys into silly myths.

Fortunately, during all that time I had a refuge in my local, small-town library. They didn’t have the selection of the big-city libraries, but I still had access.

However, that all changed this past November.

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Saturday Comic

For our comic today I return again to The Ryatts, written by Cal Alley. While last week’s strip was from May 1, 1959, this week is from May 1, 1958.

The Ryatts, May 1, 1958

The Ryatts, May 1, 1958

[As always, you can click on the picture for a larger, more readable version.]

Cal Alley also did a barefoot strip on May 1 in 1971. There seems to be something about that date that made him think about going barefoot . . .

 

The Sentinel and Enterprise, in Fitchburg, MA has an advice columnist. In today’s issue, there’s this horrible office situation that “Dear Annie” has to deal with.

You’ll never guess what it is.

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Saturday Comic

Today we return to The Ryatts, which ran from 1954 to 1994. It was written by Cal Alley. This particular strip appeared on May 1, 1959.

The Ryatts, May 1, 1959

The Ryatts, May 1, 1959

There’s nothing like a comic strip for passing along common myths. (And there is nothing like a child to point out how silly those myths are.)

 

Saturday Comic

Let’s do another comic with Dennis the Menace. This one is from April 30, 2004. It struck me that we never see Margaret barefoot.

Dennis the Menace, April 30, 2004

Dennis the Menace, April 30, 2004

Maybe that’s one reason she’s “Little Miss Raincloud”?

 

Saturday Comic

Today’s comic is from Mutt and Jeff, and it appeared on June 24, 1972.

I’ll sometimes get people who worry about stepping on my feet because they are bare. But somehow they don’t worry about stepping on feet wearing flip-flops or sandals, even though that would hurt the same amount.

And then there are those who think it’s funny to pretend (or otherwise) step on them.

Mutt and Jeff, June 24, 1972

Mutt and Jeff, June 24, 1972

 

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