I read the recent article about "disruptive activity" at the new Columbia County Library with interest.
When I was growing up, the library was a place of silence, where patrons and librarians spoke in hushed tones and any outbursts would not be tolerated. However, I have not found this type of atmosphere at the library. Instead, I have noted on any given visit, the staff are speaking quite a bit above a whisper to the patrons, parents are calling out to children across the room, and people are chatting over the computers.
I did send a note of concern to the library and received a reply in which these issues would be addressed. Several post-concern visits later and things seemed the same to be, but apparently the library indeed has been reacting to some noise, though it was made by a special-needs visitor.
I would love to be able to relax with a good book in a chair with a view, or browse along the many aisles of reading material waiting for selection. Unfortunately, until the staff sets a good example for the patrons who also recognize the need for less volume, I'll either go to one of the quieter branches in town or just stay home.
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