Quiet rooms at the library
So I read the recent confession about Clareview library/rec centre and the noise level. After reading some of the comments on there I saw suggestions to use the study rooms. I am not the OP but I have had the same problems at libraries.
So I tried one of those rooms that people claim will help. WRONG! This morning, i listened to a toddler scream right outside the door. Parents did nothing as usual. I could hear other kids screaming in other parts of the library despite being in this room. And although I was off to the side I had to listen to two rude people whispering the whole time on the other side of the room.
Why don’t they go out into the main library to talk? Did they not get the impression that it was supposed to be a reasonably silent room when no one else was talking?
I have also experienced someone checking their voicemail (loud), taking 10 minutes to pop a piece of gum out of a package and chewing it like a cow, and the same girl who was talking to her friend all day then decided to eat an apple so that everyone in the room could hear every bite. guess these people couldn’t have stepped outside of the room for one second to avoid disturbing others.
So if the main library is now, as you say the place for people to talk, socialize, interact, and these rooms are designed for people who need a quiet place to study, why does this still happen? As a society, it’s time to stop making excuses for inconsiderate behaviour and start being more aware of others around us. When the subject initially came up the first thing parents of said kids say is oh go in the study room if you don’t like it. The noise is still a problem.. so now what?
Avoidance is always the solution rather than responsibility and change. It’s always the responsibility of the person affected to change or avoid the undesirable behaviour/action (just stay home then, don’t go there then) rather than the responsibility of the person performing the inappropriate behaviour/action to change it accordingly.
Step up, teach your children how to behave appropriately in public and maybe we wouldn’t have so many rude and entitled adults as well.