Presidential elections are pretty serious business.
And so is checking out a library book from the Shreve Memorial Library system, apparently.
Since many of the new Times' staffers are Shreveport transplants, we have to go through the trouble of getting new licenses, library cards, voter registration cards and other life necessities.
Last week my co-worker Velda Hunter and I went to register to vote in Caddo parish. We were out in five minutes--maybe less. All we needed was a form of picture identification and some proof that we actually lived in the parish: a checkbook, recent bill or updated drivers license would do.
I suggested we walk to the downtown branch of Shreve Memorial Library to get new library cards. I figued it would be a snap.
I was wrong.
I needed identification and two other pieces of mail that said I lived in the parish. My Tennessee license and check stub and online bank statement were not enough, though they were at the registrar's office.
Come back when you have something mailed to your address, the woman at the desk told us.
We tried to protest. We said we had just come from registering to vote. We even said we loved to read books. Did we need to use the computer? We could have gotten a guest pass for that.
No! We don't need computers. Both of us have two computers for work and one in our homes. What we needed was a library card, but the woman was having none of it.
I can register to elect a new president but I can't check out a library book.
I guess kudos are in order to the lady in the library who followed the rules.