An Open Letter to the Rogers Park Library

Dear Friends at the Rogers Park Library,I am a patron of this library. I heart this library. While you’ll find me camped out in the upstairs fiction section every couple of weeks or so, I also enjoy your other collections and the building as a whole.I also heart America. While I would never wear an American flag pin, I have a lot of respect for the American flag because I believe it stands for something big. I’m not alone: people put down their lives (possibly even at this moment, sadly) for the symbols behind this flag.That is why, Rogers Park Library, it disturbs me to see the flag flying on your roof at all hours of the day and night. (A flag should only be flown at night as a sign of trouble. Are you in imminent danger, Rogers Park Library?)More concerning, this flag is in tatters, as if a cougar attacked it. Why is this, Rogers Park Library? Don’t you heart America enough to at least replace your flag with one that’s whole?Just saying.Sincerely,Devoted Library Patron and America Hearter

6 Comments so far

  1. Reader (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    The Department of General Services is responsible for maintenance of city buildings and their grounds. The library is not responsible for the flag.

  2. Tom Mannis (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:50 am

    God bless you for this post. It is upsetting, and one cannot help but wonder if the disrespect is intentional. It’s not surprising that this is in Rogers Park, where American Hatred is popular. I made a little video of a badly tattered flag which had obviously been vandalized (cut) and frayed, flying for at least a month that way at a U.S. Post Office in Rogers Park. See I will link to your post on my blog. Thanks again, and I heart your blog!

  3. richard (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    A flag may be flown at night if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. Does the library light up the flag at night?

    There’s no excuse for flying a tattered flag.

    The US Flag code:

  4. Brandi. (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    Reader, thanks for your tip. I called the Department of General Services and explained the problem to them. The nice gentleman who answered the phone made a note of it and said he would “pass this along.” I left my name and phone number. (In fact, while writing this comment, he called me back and told me that he passed this onto his Zone Manager, so now everyone is aware of the problem.)

    You can help this along: please call the city (312) 744-1252 and complain about the Rogers Park Library flag. The Rogers Park Library is located at 6907 N. Clark St. Note: Despite information on the web to the contrary, this phone number does not actually reach General Services, but it’s the best number that I could get in my (very) short search.

    I still disagree with you, Reader. While it may not be in the job descriptions of the staff and volunteers of the RPL to change the flag when it is in tatters, there should be a certain amount of responsibility that’s taken to at least get something done about it. This flag has been a disaster since December at the minimum.

    Tom, It’s not just the Rogers Park neighborhood that is struggling with flag neglect. On my drive to work this morning, I counted two other flags in tatters — one in Uptown and one in Edgewater. To paraphrase my carpool buddy, it’s as if people put the flags out on 9/12/01 and haven’t thought about them since.

    I’m not sure if ithe flag is illuminated at night or not. I know I see it flying. Anyone know? Otherwise, I’ll drive by it tonight and report back.

  5. quack (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    Tom, go take a flying leap. Failing to fall in line with an ideology geared towards the selfish, the crazed, the cowardly and the destructive does not mean we hate America; indeed, we hate the slimy bastards running it into the ground.

  6. Dan Telfer (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm

    You guys, I don’t know if this is the right place to post this, but if you’re outraged by the current price of cloth napkins, I’ve been finding some pretty huge free ones on the roofs of public libraries lately.

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