Thursday, May 5, 2011
More Than Just Reading
Joshua A. is busy at work writing in the library this afternoon. He's using his creative ideas to write a sequel to a favorite library book and he found a quiet place to work. I should say, a temporarily quiet place because often we have so many activities going on that it's not-so-quiet!
Many of us have memories of the "shushing" librarian who cautioned against any type of talking. Those days are gone in most libraries, especially school libraries, and I think it's an improvement over the olden days of silence. Our students know that during BookLook time they can use their quiet voices to share thoughts and ideas about books. Sometimes it gets a little too loud but a reminder usually does the trick. I believe that a library should be a place where you can enjoy yourself but still respect others in helping maintain an enjoyable space.
Lately I've been thinking that although the silent library is pretty much "history" that sometimes it would be nice to have a quiet sanctuary in public libraries. I know that some libraries manage to have that separate space for quiet reading, but that's not possible at many. Oh well, if it's a choice between a busy active library and a silent space, I'll take the busy library anytime!