Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Colbert "Nails" Public Library

A recent "Colbert Report" segment details one public library's decision to rescind the library privileges of a 7 year old.

The story, plus video from the Report.

Dominick Philip loves to read.

He reads at home, in the car, whenever he gets a free minute. His bedroom floor is covered with books. He was so looking forward to the summer reading program at Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity that he marked it on his calendar weeks in advance.

But it turns out, Dominick is a library services thief. At least that's how he is portrayed in "The Colbert Report's" edition of "Nailed 'Em -- Library Crime." Stephen Colbert goes behind the scenes to show viewers this sinister 7-year-old, inclined to steal books rather than borrow from Easton Area Public Library, where he belongs.

Don't be fooled by his innocent smile and studious demeanor. This is a hardened criminal, and Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity had no choice but to make him pay.

Library officials realized he was an intruder after he was pictured in a local newspaper, leading a parade around the library. The cutline gave his hometown -- Tatamy -- which is not part of Nazareth's library system. A library employee left a message at his family's home, informing him they knew about his crime.

As Colbert says,
"I'd say throw the book at that kid, but he'd just read it."

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