The post last week about my experience reading at the library was surprisingly popular. It is by far my most read post. The link seems to have been passed around through emails and posted to a listserv. I also found that I was a bit misunderstood and thought I’d take the chance to explain.
This experience has not led me to abandon libraries as many of the comments feared. I most likely have abandoned the idea of reading in a library but I will continue to use it to check out books. Libraries are a wonderful resource and I am lucky to live in an area where we have a well supported library system. I have found nearly every book I’ve ever looked for in our system. I know that is not the case for everyone.
I also understand that the library must be made attractive to the community to continue to receive funding. It’s just a shame that this sometimes comes at the cost of the reader. The particular branch that I visited that day is not very large. It does not have a quiet room or section. And if it did have a quite section it wouldn’t be remote enough to avoid the noise emanating from other areas. It is also awkwardly designed, it should probably be remodeled completely. Of course I realize that they don’t have unlimited resources for that sort of thing.
Again, I understand the difficulties faced by the library system and it’s librarians. But I find it a bit strange that stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders are more conducive to reading than a library. So you won’t find me reading at the library, but you will find me at the checkout counter with a stack of books.