Thursday, February 07, 2008

Lent and Libraries - Ramblings

Anyone else sick of Hillary, Obama, McCain and Romney? Yeah. Me too. I ran through a bunch of things that I might give up for Lent and this obsession with the news made the list. I don't know if it's possible to quit the daily check(s) of Drudge or Instapundit or NRO. Has anyone ever tried and been successful? I didn't think so. Oh there may be that person who didn't pay their internet connection bill and for a day or a week or so lost touch. During that time though I'll bet they went off to the Library or maybe got lucky with some random neighborhood wifi thing.

Speaking of the library, I was there over the weekend and one of the worker bees was showing a vounteer the ropes. She toured this person through the fiction area where I was browsing. Never once lowering her voice she carried on for all to hear and stopped at each row of books to review the conversation. Children were running around and it seemed they belonged to the many people occupying the desk areas by the window where they could connect with their lap tops to the world. The worker patted the kids on the head and said, in a loud voice, be careful, not be quiet, be careful. I can't tell you how annoyed I was. I couldn't tell anyone else either. Are all libraries the same now? Your behaviour doesn't have to change anymore. Keep talking and laughing and leave the kids to randomly annoy anyone. It's kind of like a mall with books. Makes me want to get away from there very quickly.

1 comment:

Granny Annie said...

Hello gemma. Thanks for visiting my blog.

I love the idea of giving up the politcal news for Lent. Oops, but then would I be mixing church and state?

It was absolutely amazing the last time I visited our library. All that stuff is going on -- the kids there, the computers in use, but I swear to you is was quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Your post made me appreciate that all the more.