LIBRARIES SURE AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
I have blogged before about the noise permitted in libraries. Today’s blog involves four people: two gabbing librarians, and two men who talk to people no one else can see.
The two librarians at the Reference Desk were having a wonderful conversation which did not sound work related. Both were facing each other away from their computer terminals. They weren’t talking too loud, but they were loud enough in an environment that is supposed to be quiet. In other words, they were adding to the noise.
Both men were tall. Both had issues with people no one could see.
The first man was wearing a red baseball cap and a beige overcoat. Perhaps he lost his mind during the winter. It was hot and humid. He was at a computer occasionally swearing at an invisible person beside him. I could not hear what the invisible person was saying, but the man was scolding him/her(?) for having sex.
You would expect one of the two gabbing librarians to say something to him after his frequent outbursts. Nope. When he got loud they stopped their conversation and looked at him briefly, and then returned to gabbing.
At the same time the second man, dressed in a blue sweatshirt and jeans, ran to a free computer. This man gives the word frenetic new meaning. He frenetically sat down. He frenetically started typing on the keyboard — actually pounding is a better word. And he frenetically looked up, while pounding on the keyboard, and cursed the invisible people floating above him. He challenged them to a fight and waved his fists.
The gabbing librarians looked up briefly, when he disturbed their conversation, and then returned to gabbing.
Libraries sure ain’t what they used to be.