Feel free to disagree with me – I know many of you will – but I miss the days that libraries were quiet places 🙁
I spent the entire day in the library yesterday because I kept getting interrupted by running children and talking adults and the various combinations in between. A patron asked the librarian if they could have a quiet room for a meeting so as not to disturb others and the librarian said we don’t have a shushing policy, you can use any table – or wait until a room is available. So the man then sat down with his group at my table! I know I could have requested a quiet room, but as I just said the room(s) was being used and I wanted to be out in the library surrounded by books filled with knowledge … not locked in a room – I can do that at home. I think it should be the other way around – there should be rooms for the gaming and rooms for the noisy people – the library is a sacred and quiet place!!
Okay, rant over – I eventually got a lot done, but I could have gotten everything done if it was quiet – as I think libraries should be – or at least as I think a part of the library should be.
[update] There is an interesting piece on The New York Times site on this very topic. [/update]