Breitbart’s Oliver Lane reported on Thursday, July 16, 2015 that while many native Frenchmen celebrate Bastille Day (July 14th) to commemorate the French Revolution of 1789, the immigrants in French slums often riot, and this year one of the many things damaged or destroy was a public library in a suburb of Paris. Mr. Lane wrote that French counter-terrorist police foiled a plot by young Islamic fanatic to murder a French general; rioters burnt 721 cars (in a country where they torch an average of eighty cars a day); French police arrested 603 rioters (a 68% increase over 2014); police were attacked with mortar bomb fireworks; gangs attacked the police in several places; a number of police were injured in the fifth, fifteenth, eighteenth and nineteenth arrondissements of Paris; a library, a school, and a grocery store were burnt in a northern suburb of Paris; bus shelters were destroyed, bush fires were started, and a supermarket was burnt at Lyon.
Two libraries were burnt during the 2007 riots. Basing his own story off of an Associated Press story by Angela Charlton and John Leicester, The Daily Illini’s Nicolas Garriga reported that ten cars and a library burned in the city of Toulouse in the South of France while a library, a nursery school, and a car dealership burned north of Paris.
On May 16, 2015, Svenska Dagbladet columnist Pauline Neuding reported that after a review of local newspaper articles across Sweden, libraries all over the kingdom were in turmoil. She wrote that “social unrest,” a term we associate with great upheavals, can fairly be applied to a national problem comprised of many disparate incidents at libraries throughout Sweden.
She documented that the libraries at Hässelby, Bäckby, and Jönköping had to change their hours, with the Hässelby and Bäckby libraries closing in the afternoons. The library in Eastern Göinge and the new Library Bredäng were forced to temporarily close altogether.
Police in Vårgårda were forced to patrol the library. Ms. Neuding stated the libraries at Gävle, Gothenburg, Angelholm, Hoor, Eslöv, Burlington, and Landskrona were also troubled.
On May 27, 2015, Svenska Dagbladet published City Librarian of Stockholm Katti Hoflin’s response. She is in charge of forty-four libraries, 400 employees, and over 2,000,000 volumes.
Ms. Hoflin wrote, in part, “I turn towards the simplification of complex social phenomenon. They cannot be reduced to ‘young people are unruly’ or ‘poor EU citizens disturb.’  Go for a mile in another’s shoes first. Then you can express yourself. Libraries in Stockholm are working together with many players that every citizen should find his feet. (If a lost them for a moment in his life. It can all do.) We are not the answer to all social phenomena. However, we reflect the society we have. Because we are free. And everyone is welcome here. Real good library builds the whole society. And we do it on the quiet, every day. Every day a man while in a more sophisticated language, literature, hope. And those that enable the employee in the library. Right nicely, actually.”
On June 2, 2015, the newspaper published a reply to Ms. Hoflin’s response by Einar Ehn, a librarian in Hässelby and Vällingby. He wrote, in part, “A few weeks ago, Paulina Neuding wrote a column… about how the mess in Hässelby-Villastad’s library has forced its management to change the opening hours. Security guard had to be called several times and frequent library visitors had stopped coming. Neuding described similar events all over Sweden – it was impossible to imagine that it was an isolated phenomenon.”
Mr. Ehn continued, “In your answer on Neuding’s article you wrote, among other things, that ‘some places are more unruly, to the library is placed in such a place, other libraries are more quiet.’ This assertion may sound like a trite observation. In fact, exposing a society that is the product of a life in one of Europe’s most segregated cities. For someone who rarely or never stays in an exclusion area as Husby, Tensta or parts of Hässelby can mess and anxiety appear to be a law of nature in these places. Something that is for those who live here enjoy it. Mess and worry there is a lot of this, but it does not mean that it should follow in the library.”
“On the contrary,” Ehn argued, “for a middle school kid who lack their own room and protective parents, the greatest gift we can give is a genuinely quiet library. After a day at a troubled school where the social pressure says you should not strain yourself, through a run-down town center paved with idle men in varying degrees of alienation, I want this child to be able to open the door to a library, completely free from mess. Where he or she will be quiet to study, pleasure reading or just being itself, free from the group’s alarms and social control. It is not ‘right well,’ it is an absolute necessity if we are to reverse trends towards even more exclusion and segregation. But we cannot do it without the young people who break the vicious circle and are struggling to make their city a better place…”
On June 2, 2015, Biblioteksbladet’s Christer Fäldin summarized Einar Ehn’s criticism of Katti Hoflin’s position. Librarian Kerstin Sandin Löfqvist commented, “I understand that you have a difficult situation at the library Einar Ehn, but I see the library as a meeting place for everyone – and even in [an] inner-city library there is plenty of wind-driven characters with odd behavior; not least in the King’s library. As for young people, it is important to work on prevention and work up a contact and an operational approach.”
On June 3, 2015, Svenska Dagbladet published Ms. Hoflin’s rejoinder. “The right to effective social services is not negotiable writes Einar Ehn. Just. The library is part of the whole society and influenced by the other community is working or not working. That is the complex core of the library’s mission. Our library is not just for those who already love reading and libraries. They are also for those who do not know what to do in a library. It is our mission to meet all of them. We have many libraries in Stockholm and in most of these works every day as a diverse meeting place where people with different needs coexist, often on a narrow surface.”
Ms. Hoflin continued, “But throwing books, yelling and bullies cannot stay at the library. Then it is our responsibility to ensure that the person who takes over the library at the expense of the needs of others; quiet to study, pleasure reading or just being himself; exit. Nowhere, I argue that it is right to behave like this in the library.”
“Nor have I expressed that it is ok that it is messier in the outer urban areas,” Ms. Hoflin added. “The situation with the mess in the library likely seem familiar to many who work at, for example, Tranströmer Library at the Civic Square. Every day challenged the library room. We are working with risk analysis, taking the support of the guards, watching the staffing situation and reviewing what skills are needed in pace with the development of society. For we are also agreed that the order of problems must be taken seriously, because free space an overcrowded middle school student need is the greatest gift the libraries can provide.”
On June 6, 2015, Ms. Neuding related in a follow-up article that she had read library incident reports from 2013-15 that documented events such as an employee in a library in a suburb of Stockholm who witnessed an elderly woman on crutches being robbed by three youths. Ms. Neuding wrote, “The reports described nearly 500 cases of violence, theft and bustle of the libraries in the Stockholm area the past two and a half years, and the sheer amount of events testifies to serious problems.”
If these statistics do not sound alarming for an entire country, keep in mind that as of this month, Sweden has a population of 9,801,616, according to the C.I.A.’s World Factbook. In other words, the whole country’s population is equal to one mega-city.
Ms. Neuding quoted one report by an employee who witnessed a youth verbally threaten a “female library visitor” at whom he then spat. He threw books at her, and finally punched her twice, once in the torso and once in the face.
The employee followed the man and found him holding court with six other youths and three grown men “against the children’s department.” The account, or at least Ms. Neuding’s extract, ended with the employee writing, “I ask them why they do not do anything when they see someone mistreating another. The answer is: it is his cousin…”
Librarians across Sweden report that gangs of youths and full-grown men are causing trouble. Ms. Neuding summarized they “behave aggressively,” smoke on the premises and, barge into staff rooms. She quoted one library staff member as writing, “I see young people throwing sunflower seeds inside the children’s ward and the next round I do in there so sitting several around a pipe. The smoke smell strange!”
In one case, disruptive people caused such a commotion that the library staff summoned guards. Undeterred, the miscreants attacked a borrower in front of both library staff and guards.
Ms. Neuding noted another problem was caused by trouble-makers watching pornography in libraries. That is also a problem in the U.S.A., about which Dan Kleinman has written frequently on his Web site SafeLibraries.org.
The most serious problem is child molestation, but after bringing up the subject, Ms. Neuding only cited a case where a library employee found a man patting children on the cheek and told him to leave the children’s department. In another instance, a library employee found youths using vulgar language in the children’s department and told them to depart to the youth department, at which point one of them said “inappropriate and sexually abusive things” to the employee.
One library employee reported being troubled by the “brutality” with which children who were approximately ten or eleven years of age were fighting on one occasion. Often, when library staff members try to call the homes of these rowdy children to get parents or other guardians to pick them up, the phone numbers do not work or the guardians do not come.
At one library, a group of homeless people were issued a library card. When the staff called on them to be quiet, the homeless people angrily reacted with clenched fists.
Ms. Neuding noted, “The libraries also have problems with addicts who sleep on the premises and take drugs in the bathroom.” Other problems include “stone throwing, broken windows and burglary attempts in libraries.”
Ms. Neuding noted that the public libraries in Jarva, Högdalen, and Hässelby are troubled by gangs. “In the inner city, the problems particularly [are] substance abuse, theft and homelessness.”
En Arg Blatte Talar, a Bosnian who has lived in Sweden since he was five years old and vlogs (video-blogs) on YouTube with the handle Angry Foreigner, related in his video “Meanwhile in Sweden – Episode 1,” that immigrants who want to remake Sweden in the image of their homelands are ruining public libraries for native Swedes and foreigners who seek assimilation by playing music, littering the floors with cola bottles and chips, pouring soda on the floors, flipping chairs over, setting papers on fire, talking loudly, threatening librarians. [Please be warned his gleefully Politically Incorrect videos are not suitable for watching at work.] Some libraries have had to hire security. Mr. Talar showed one headline for a story about a security guard coming under attack at a Swedish library.
Sverige Radio’s Studio A reported on Monday, June 8, 2015, a group of twenty to twenty-five young immigrants between the ages of ten and twenty-five-years-old were setting fires at the Hässelby Library and littering the floor with cola bottles and chips. Other patrons began to avoid the place.
Employees called off sick. Mr. Alireza Afshari, Library Director, was forced to start closing the Hässelby Library at three o’clock in the afternoon instead of seven o’clock at night.
When reporter Marie Nilsson Boij asked two of the youths in question why they kept going to the Hässelby Library, the answer was they had nowhere else to go, had nothing to do after school, and the library had seats and heat. According to Mr. Talar, most Swedish journalists with the state-owned broadcast media are leftists who belong to the Green Party (he showed a graph that indicated 52% of journalists are Green Party members), and this news story was tainted by bias, because the reporters did not question this answer, while a conservative politician tweeted in response that he found sixteen recreational centers in that western region of Stockholm, and one of them was next door to Hässelby Library.
On Friday, June 12, 2015, Aftonbladet columnist Peter Kadhammar also noted there was a recreational center near the Hässelby Library, but he stated it was in the same mall, Åkermyntan, not next door. He also stated that it opened at 6:00 p.m., which Talar admitted.
Citing the Swedish Library Association, Mr. Kadhammar stated libraries have the confidence of 70% of Swedes, 85% of Swedes think libraries are important for the function of societies, and there are 1,212 municipal libraries in Sweden, but there used to be 1,600 as recently as 1995. About ninety mobile libraries make 6,900 stops.
Kadhammar quoted a letter written by someone who complained on a visit to the library in Kista on March 29, 2015, the letter-writer encountered screaming children, numerous men listening to music, one man talking on his cell phone, and Romanian beggars using the sink in the public bathroom to launder underwear. Talar read an English translation of this letter aloud in his video.
With librarians witnessing violence or being threatened themselves, the job is becoming increasingly stressful. The libraries at Kulturhuset at Sergel Square has also become a “stressful environment,” according to Kadhammar and Medborgarhuset (Södermalm) is “extremely vulnerable.” He related that Anna William-Olsson, chief of the Stockholm city government’s cultural department, reported that the municipal librarians call in sick more often than the staff members of social service agencies that serve the elderly.
According to Talar, the response of Swedish leftists is to contend libraries should now “be ‘lively meeting places,’ with one leftist poet coining the phrase the ‘library right.’” The poet to whom he referred was Göran Greider, who tweeted, “Monday evening, I’m going to be reading poetry with a few others at the Årsta library loudly. The library right are already on my case.”
In a Neo blog post on June 10, 2015, Ms. Neuding wrote, “Several media outlets have followed my articles in Svenska Dagbladet on libraries, which I hope will mean that something is done about the misery of fuss and commotion… At the same time, the debate has partly slipped into a discussion about what libraries at all should be – if they should be silent as before with the librarian as an authority if they should be lively venues.”
Ms. Neuding added, “Niclas Lindberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Library Association tweet about challenging ‘quietly norm.’ Göran Greider [wrote] ironically already [there was] a library right, as if we were looking for anything suspicious. Katti Hoflin, chief librarian in Stockholm, has answered me: ‘Go for a mile in another’s shoes first. Then you can express yourself. Libraries in Stockholm are working together with many players that every citizen should find his feet. (If a lost them for a moment in his life. It can all do.)’”
Ms. Neuding argued, “It is not about whether librarians should be able shush visitors who talk too loudly. It is about violence, threats and general social unrest that affects librarians and visitors.”
Everyone should be able to agree to the kind of mess in libraries is unacceptable. Even the Left.
Kadhammer expressed dismay that the “discussion has suddenly become ‘right’ and ‘left.’” The poet Göran Greider tweet about ‘library right,’ a reference to people who want the library quiet. Niclas Lindberg, a Social Democrat, General Secretary of the Swedish Library Association, opposes ‘normal quiet.’”
Many of us who grew up in libraries and who love peace and the scent of books and are grateful for the amazing help we can get there – for free! – Cannot quite understand how such a question can be ideological. Is it not obvious that it should be quiet in the library?
It even gets debate on the matter shows how f—ing stupid and anxious [is] our country.
Today, Monday, July 27, 2015, Breitbart London’s Oliver Lane reported that the Migration Board in Kalmar, Sweden had decided to issue free, unlimited, all-line bus passes good for travel throughout Sweden to immigrants and refugees out of concern that some of the camps where the Migration Board houses immigrants were too isolated. The passes will cost local taxpayers $700,000 annually.
 Her remark about “poor EU citizens” was a reference to internal migration within the European Union.
 She was likely referring to the Kungliga biblioteket (Royal Library), also known as the National Library of Sweden, not King Carl XVI Gustaf’s personal library.
 Marie Nilsson Boij also asked the youths why they did not hang out in cafes and they replied that that cost money, which is true. Children from poor families do not have the luxury of hanging out in stores and restaurants. However, parents have the responsibility to ensure their children behave constructively after school. Further, it is also the responsibility of parents to teach their children how to comport themselves in libraries, museums, and the like. It is not the responsibility of municipal governments to provide after-school amusement for schoolchildren, much less teens and young adults. Even if it was the responsibility of municipal governments to maintain recreational centers at their own expense (rather than have charitable organizations do so), as the governments of mega-cities try to do (the Chicago Park District’s fieldhouses being an early example), smaller cities and suburbs may not be able to afford the expense. Certainly, most municipal governments cannot afford to constantly repair public libraries that are being trashed by unruly youths. The social damage of teens and adults who come to the library in pursuit of research or recreational reading or who bring their children or younger siblings to the library to impart the importance of literacy only to find a hostile environment is incalculable. It will lead to social isolation for law-abiding individuals and the decay and possibly the death of big-city neighborhoods and smaller towns. Left unchecked, anarchy in the public sphere on the micro level can lead to anarchy on the macro level and eventually the death of civil society.
 This was a reference to the familiar right-wing/left-wing dynamic, not a right to use libraries.