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Library Rant

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:32 am
by 2dogs+someCats
Just curious - what is the noise level at your library? At this moment at my library there is every kind of noise. I thought libraries were supposed to be QUIET.

The two kids working in the cafe/coffee shop are having a LOUD conversation and throwing sugar packets at each other. There is a couple arguing while their baby sits and fusses in his stroller. Various assorted kids are running wild - unsupervised.

Various older gentlemen are discussing the weather and whatnot - LOUDLY. It isn't like this here all the time - but man you have to hit it at the right time if you want it quiet.

Re: Library Rant

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:01 pm
by Jackielou
I have found that since our library started hosting activities for children and babies (other than story time/craft time in the side rooms) it has gotten much noisier.

I think the time of the quiet, do not disturb libraries have gone the way of the Dodo.

Re: Library Rant

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:14 pm
by 2dogs+someCats
Jackielou wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:01 pm
I have found that since our library started hosting activities for children and babies (other than story time/craft time in the side rooms) it has gotten much noisier.

I think the time of the quiet, do not disturb libraries have gone the way of the Dodo.
I think you are spot on Jackie. This library is more of a social hub. I still love it - I attend book club meetings and art and craft classes here and they have been a life saver for me over the long, frigid winter.

I still miss the old silence though.

Re: Library Rant

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:19 pm
by clemencia2us
our new library just opened

Still pretty quiet unless a kid activity is scheduled. You know when that will happen, so you are warned.

No café here so none of that nonsense

The librarian is also pretty strict.

Re: Library Rant

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:33 pm
by delighted99
Wow your library has a cafe? The libraries we frequent are more on the quiet end. Activities for babies and small children are usually in adjoining rooms.

But libraries on a whole are becoming more like social hubs. Now that books can be checked out electronically at home the game has to change up..
2dogs+someCats wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:32 am
Just curious - what is the noise level at your library? At this moment at my library there is every kind of noise. I thought libraries were supposed to be QUIET.

The two kids working in the cafe/coffee shop are having a LOUD conversation and throwing sugar packets at each other. There is a couple arguing while their baby sits and fusses in his stroller. Various assorted kids are running wild - unsupervised.

Various older gentlemen are discussing the weather and whatnot - LOUDLY. It isn't like this here all the time - but man you have to hit it at the right time if you want it quiet.

Re: Library Rant

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:47 pm
by 2dogs+someCats
delighted99 wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:33 pm
Wow your library has a cafe? The libraries we frequent are more on the quiet end. Activities for babies and small children are usually in adjoining rooms.

But libraries on a whole are becoming more like social hubs. Now that books can be checked out electronically at home the game has to change up..

Yes, it is a little coffee shop - coffee, tea, smoothies, snacks - really cheap. They do have a couple frozen lunch options - a "breakfast sandwich" and a little deep dish pizza - Sam's Club stuff. The coffees and teas are very good though.