Thursday, May 28, 2009

Marian the Librarian would be appalled.

It's a long lost cause I can never win
For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin
Any talking out loud with any librarian
Such as Marian.....Madam Librarian.

Marian, Librarian

Does anyone under the age of 40 know how to behave in a library anymore?

My students at Marquette never had any trouble, but that's because Marquette attracts nerds. :-) Pass the library at 2 a.m. and not only would lights be blazing, you could see students inside bent over books. Plus, by the time you get to that level, theoretically, anyway, you're civilized.

I actually was run out of the Rochester public library this afternoon earlier than I'd planned because of a group of about 10 teens who were laughing uproariously, talking and yelling loudly, dropping F-bombs left and right, and chasing slightly younger kids around. The RPL is a good size, at least, and there are places for grownups on the second floor, but I wasn't interested in any of the stuff up there (aside from the peace and quiet). Not only did I leave without getting what I wanted, I was so rattled I brought home another copy of a book I'd already checked out.

I miss things like basic courtesy. I wish they'd make a comeback.

1 comment:

Engineering Goddess said...

Go to Estonia. One of my work friends went there on a mission trip and nobody talks to ANYBODY. He said here he was with 3 other guys walking the streets and praying over common areas - you'd think someone at least near a playground would ask these 3 strangers what they are doing - and no one asked. He said they would be on a bus and it would be deadly silent. Weird. But .... maybe that would give you some peace! :)