September 27, 2007
"This has rocked me to my core"
"I was in shock," Elizabeth Schaper said of the incident at the Bruce Avenue library branch. "This has rocked me to my core."
Schaper said her treatment at the hands of the library was particularly painful because her late father, Armin Schaper, was chairman of a committee that raised funds for construction and renovation work at the library during the 1960s.
"I would never have believed that the library would treat anyone like this, much less a family that has supported them for decades," she said.
And what heinous thing had the library done? Did they publicly rebuke her for looking at a banned website in the children's reading room? Did they publish the list of racy books she had checked out? Did they refuse to let her use the restroom? Not quite. "She was charged a 50-cent late fee while turning in a book that had been checked out by her mother, who died before she could return it herself." That may sound like a small amount at first, but let's put it in a perspective that we can all understand: 50¢ is almost one-half of a Canadian dollar!
"My mother was an avid reader - she read an average of two books a week," Elizabeth Schaper said. "She was a frequent patron of the library. I'm pretty sure she was reading this book for book club because they were supposed to meet on Sept. 20."
Say it isn't so! Oh, why do we have soldiers dying in Iraq if not to put an end to such injustice?!
Ironically, the book was entitled The Price of Silence by Camilla Trinchieri.
[Special Note: none of this is from The Onion.]