Columnist will address ‘worst’ time of his life

Take the worst 10 minutes of your day. Imagine that what you believed to be a private matter is now broadcast to the world.

Writer Dave Lieber will speak on his book, “Bad Dad,” at the annual meeting of Friends of the Library Saturday, May 18.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 301 W. Bridge St.

Tickets are $10 and available at the library bookstore or at the event.

Friends of the Library spokeswoman Dee Gormley invites the public to come enjoy the true story of a Texas newspaper columnist who investigates the shenanigans of a small-town police department — then pays a price.

The story of Lieber’s Bad Dad play and book goes like this: At a local restaurant one day, he orders his misbehaving son, 11, to walk home. When the father returns, police are waiting.

The dad is arrested and charged with two felonies. The world weighs in about whether he’s a bad dad.

What no one knew was that the columnist had investigated and reported on the failures of this particular police department and its city for a dozen years. Was it payback? You decide.

This is an entertaining and thought-provoking book that explores — with brutal honesty — parental responsibility, child-rearing practices and discipline, journalistic ethics, small-town corruption and retribution, and the moral consequence of being a public figure.

New officers for Friends of the Library will be installed at this meeting.