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Library Adventures — Part 3

When last I wrote about my library adventures (here is Part 1 and here is Part 2) regarding my local library, the one that I’d been using barefoot for nearly 20 years, I’d gotten to the point of being tossed three times because of their new shoe rule. I’d been denied in my official appeal to the library director and invoked my right to appeal to the full library Board of Trustees.

Here we will get to the thrilling conclusion and denouement of this story.

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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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The Rule of Three

Barefooters sometimes wonder what they can do to help diminish the impact of those in society who make it difficult to go barefoot in public. Sometimes it seems like an impossible task — I hear suggestions for a horde of barefooters to descend on a location. The trouble with that is that barefooters are pretty scattered (and they also tend to be rather independent).

But I came across a blog entry yesterday that suggests it might not be quite that hopeless.

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Folks may recall that I filed a complaint under the Americans with Disabilities Act against Best Buy after they called the police on me.

I finally got my official reply from the Department of Justice.

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Burien, WA Bans Bare Feet

Burien, WA is a suburb of Seattle. In August they passed an ordinance that essentially bans people from any conduct that is “dangerous, unsafe, illegal, or unreasonably disruptive” on all city property, both indoors and outdoors.

And they consider bare feet to be “unreasonably disruptive”.

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An Interview

I’m pulling out something from a few years ago, when I first started fighting the Ohio Statehouse when they wanted to institute a footwear rule. You can see all those posts here.

Along the way, I did a few interviews. I recently came across one I did for the NPR program Whad’Ya Know? with Michael Feldman.

It’s rather interesting.

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