Jer and I were at a meeting of our local “Friends of the Library” volunteer group yesterday and it was announced that shortly it would be required that any person who volunteers to serve the county in any capacity (specifically for us that meant belonging to the Friends group and selling used books once a month as a fund-raiser to help fill the void left by all the county cut-backs) would have to be fingerprinted by a particular outfit contracted by the county to do it AND pay a $42 fee for that privilege. There are to be no exceptions. Even if in your volunteering you do not interact with children or the public, you still must be fingerprinted. Apparently there is more to it than just fingerprinting; certain information must be given, but that wasn’t specified. I was aghast and appalled. Jerry and I spend 1-1/2 hours monthly in a meeting of the Friends of the Library, and 2 hours a month working the book sale, the extent of our volunteering. I don’t consider myself an “against-er” but I sure as heck am against this. What I am specifically against is making me pay to volunteer. No way, Jose! I have a “thing” about jumping to conclusions too fast, so just to be sure I heard correctly, I have an e-mail in to our district’s supervisor for confirmation --- and clarification and explanation!. You know, inquiring minds want to know!