Yes, it's not always easy to get librarians to agree (witness this
discussion), but public performance is a very important issue, as is the
health of of independent programming. It is in the best interest of all of
us to be creative in finding ways to keep those independent and alternative
voices loud and clear. For many libraries this may need to be in the area of
Also, it is important to remember that in public libraries public programming
is alive and well...especially in the children's department.