by Max Brantley
From the Central Arkansas Library System:
The Central Arkansas Library System's Board of Trustees is considering recognizing the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton for her services to children by naming the new children's Library in her honor. We specifically wish to acknowledge the work she did as a citizen of Arkansas, including service for the Children's Defense Fund, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Arkansas Educational System Task Force, Rural Healthy Advisory Committee, and many others, including her ground-breaking work as co-chair of Arkansas's Educational Standards Committee. We also wish to recognize her continued work at the national and international levels to improve the lives of all the world's children.
Please submit your comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by letter to Board of Trustees, Central Arkansas Library System, 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201. The Board of Trustees will take up this matter at its monthly meeting at the Children's Library on June 27, beginning at noon. Persons wishing to speak on this issue are encouraged to attend.
I asked Library Director Bobby Roberts about the comment relative to a 2013 state law meant to prohibit the naming of public buildings for most living people. He replied:
That law has no emergency clause so it does not take effect until mid-August I believe. I actually got permission from the trustees to pursue this back in December 2012 so this was under way before the session even started. I don't think that bill was even introduced until maybe March.
Perhaps Rep. John Burris, who sponsored the new law, will call Roberts and demand that the library not do it. Or else. That's how it works now, right?