Libraries: is yours quiet? do your children know to be quiet?
Today was no exception. Not only were children running and squealing and using "outdoor voices", two mothers were talking so loud that even though I was 30 feet away from them, their dinner plans, their friend in the hospital's condition, and their opinions of their daughters' recital costumes were made known to me. The librarians also were talking loudly to each other and to those who were checking out books. At one point a mother shouted across the room for her daughter to come to the check out counter.
I was pretty dumbfounded at the decibel level.
I left without complaint upon completing my test and returning my books.
Were libraries quiet when you were growing up? We used to have librarians that told us to hush if we were speaking in anything above a whisper. You could have heard the pages of other books turning at libraries in college or in my hometown.
What is going on? This was my dozenth or so visit and it is always noisy.
I would like to complain.