Our family tradition is that you are old enough for a library card when you turn 5. We decided to have a soft start to our 2012-2013 school year this week. We would be just doing review with the three little ones (not the twins). We will begin each week with a visit to the library.
Librarian: "UM what is she doing?"
Neen: "Taking pictures."
Librarian: "She isn't allowed to do that."
Neen: "She isn't allowed to take pictures of me?, Why not, I asked her to?"
Librarian: "You can't just take pictures of people at the library. We have to protect our patrons and their identities."
(What, this is a public space. It is not one that guarantees privacy. What are they doing at this library that people don't want to be seen? I think she just didn't want her picture taken.)
Neen: "Oh don't worry she isn't getting a picture of you, we are just getting one of this little guy here. We always make a big deal out of getting the library card. I think it helps re-enforce the responsibility that goes with the card."
Librarian: "I am worried about all the other children she is taking pictures of."
Neen: "What children?"
Librarian: "These right here!"
Neen: "It is OK they are all my children, I give permission to have their pictures taken."
Librarian: "Oh, they are all WITH you. As long as you are sure that their parents are ok with it then I guess you can take the pictures."
Neen: "Oh I AM their parent and I give permission."
Librarian: "No I mean the other children with you."
Neen: "What other children, THEY ARE ALL MINE! I HAVE 11 CHILDREN!! YOU ARE ONLY SEEING 8 OF THEM. The one taking the picture is my daughter that I asked to take pictures of her younger brother getting his library card. The rest of these children are his sibling. Do I need to see this "new picture taking policy" in writing or sign a permission to take pictures of my OWN children in a public library?"
Librarian: "OH just be careful not to take my picture."
Neen: "Wouldn't dream of it."