[Michlib-l] pajamas in the library

Diana Hiles diana.hiles at mcc.edu
Wed Nov 20 14:16:09 EST 2013


Check out this new title:

Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from Our
Hairstyles to Our Shoes  by  Ruthann
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Heard a great interview on the Diane Rehm show.
Ruthann Robson: "Dressing Constitutionally"
http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2013-08-20/ruthann-robson-dressing-constitutionally

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 11:06 a.m.
Diana Hiles
Mott Library


On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM, Kimberly Schaaf <
kschaaf at springfield.lib.mi.us> wrote:

> While I agree that being subjected to a grown woman's fuzzy Tinkerbell pj
> pants is extremely annoying, unless your local authorities have some kind
> of official ban on this kind of thing that would back up a policy, I doubt
> you can do much about it.  If the pjs hit on one of the limitations to the
> First Amendment (obscenity, for example) or violates a law (nudity, for
> example) then that would back you up.
>
> Once you make a policy determining what people can or can't wear, it's a
> slippery slope of subjective interpretation that could crack open a whole
> slew of complaints from staff and patrons.  Who determines exactly what
> constitutes pajamas?  What about sweatpants?  What about workout clothes?
>  Banning leggings worn as pants would be perfectly fine with me, for
> example, but the difference between yoga pants and leggings can be very
> subtle.  Also, who can wear the pjs and who can't?  We give babies a free
> pass, but what about children?  What about a very mature 10 year old girl?
>  What about elderly women wearing a flimsy moo-moo in the summer?  Or men
> wearing extremely tight bike shorts?  Underwear and bras hang out everyday,
> and underwear is worse than pajamas, right?  While it is unfortunate that
> we must endure the sight of all this and more; I don't know if there's a
> clear cut policy solution to the social annoyance of fashion faux pas.
>
> Kimberly Schaaf
> Reference and Adult Services Librarian
> Springfield Twp. Library
> 12000 Davisburg Rd.
> Davisburg MI, 48350
> 248-846-6550
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lois Hartman" <lrhartman8 at yahoo.com>
> To: "North Adams Library" <northadamslibrary at gmail.com>, "michlib-l (
> michlib-l at lists.mcls.org)" <michlib-l at mail.mcls.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:58:11 PM
> Subject: Re: [Michlib-l] pajamas in the library
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> This is one of my pet peeves. I would like to hear see something on this
> also.
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> Lois Hartman
> Watervliet District Library
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> On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:51 PM, North Adams Library <
> northadamslibrary at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Hello all,
>
> How do you address the issue of adults wearing their pjs to the library?
> Not for a special program, they just are out and about in their pjs. I
> searched online this weekend for policies dealing with this, but found
> nothing.
>
> If you have a policy that addresses this issue, I would appreciate hearing
> from you.
>
> Thank you!
>
> Phyllis
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> North Adams Community Memorial Library
> 110 E. Main St., PO Box 248
> North Adams, MI 49262
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