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Village Post Office at the Library

August 24, 2012

Is this a good idea or a bad idea? I’m still working it out myself. Read this blog entry by Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Do neighbors really use the post office to meet and share news? Maybe rural ones do, but where I’m from, my fellow townsmen and I are happy when there’s no line and we can be in and out in five minutes.

I agree that the teaming up of the Post Office and the Library is innovative, but is it useful? Is this actually a very archaic look at the services cities provide? If the Post Office here in Monrovia reduced their hours they would only be joining our public library, which already has very irregular hours. Usually when pairing organizations up, you hope that one will be stronger, and will help lift the other up, but the way I see this program working, it’s two struggling government institutions leading one another along as best they can.

I applaud the library for extending a helping hand to the post office and providing services there — it may help bring more customers to the library — but overall, I see this as a model only working for very small villages in the U.S… and how many are there of those? Let me know if you live in one of them; I’d love to hear your perspective!

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