Colleen Posted February 8, 2008 Share Posted February 8, 2008 Preface: I love just about everything about my library system. Beautiful building; excellent catalog; good service; the list goes on and on. What drives me crazy is the fact that during the couple of hours after school gets out, young people are allowed (imo) to behave like a bunch of disrespectful hellions. Gone are the days of the librarian "shushing" patrons, at least in this neck of the woods. These kids rush (literally) in here after school, gather in groups around the computers, and proceed to do who knows what at loud volume. (Footnote: Why am I subjecting myself to it? Good question! I usually try to avoid the library altogether during this time of day, but I'm passing time right now, wanted to check the boards, and am not compelled to get this off my chest in lieu of flat-out wringing their necks.) I have talked about this at length with the powers that be here at this library branch and beyond. The mantra these days is, "We can't favor (or not) some guests over others." In other words, if kids have Internet cards that allow them free reign here at the library, so be it. If kids are being rude and noisy and someone (read: me) complains to the librarians, they then have some "leverage" to approach the kids and ask them to keep it down. But they (the librarians) are so docile it doesn't do a thing. Case in point: Ten minutes ago I asked this group next to me to keep it down. They laughed in my face, of course. I asked a librarian to ask them to keep it down. She did, in her very nice manner. After which she walked away, leaving them to be even more annoying and make comments about me such as, "That lady's havin' her f---ing period." Lovely. What these kids don't know is that I can NOT be intimidated. Doesn't work. If they happen to jump in front of my car when I'm pulling out of the parking lot, so be it.:eek: This place is just a zoo during this time of day and I really do believe more has to be done to assert some control. I'm going to have to go higher up the ladder in my complaints, but I already know it won't do any good. Harrumph. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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