Saturday, October 30, 2010

Senior Citizens Picket Delray Beach Public Library

Link to October 29 Palm Beach Post article, "Delray Beach library cancels senior group over rowdiness".

Excerpt: Some parked their walkers in a corner. Others held bright yellow signs outside while others piled hurriedly into an auditorium. The 60 senior citizens who showed up Tuesday at Delray Beach Public Library all had one thing in common: They were angry.

The source of their ire was the library's decision to cancel the Current Events discussion group that has been meeting weekly for the past 10 years. Group members said the library made a unilateral decision to cancel the group after a complaint about a discussion turned heated.

"It was so undemocratic," said Loise Cammorata, 72, who held a yellow sign outside the library. "They never got the other side of the story."

Picketers wanted library officials to hear their side of the story and to restore the program that services hundreds of seniors during season.

For their part, library officials say the program has a long history of unruly behavior. Participants have been told to shut up for their opposing points of view, there's been name calling and once there was a fist fight in the parking lot

Still on the calendar for November.

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