I’m sure most of us have been “shushed” at a library sometime during our lives.
There was a time when many libraries enforced absolute quiet across the board. Over the past several years, however, libraries like ours have changed quite a bit. “Public” is Lafayette Public Library’s middle name, and we open our doors wide for everyone to use.
We’re a place where people can meet, where friends can hang out, where the community can participate in programs and where people can be themselves! Sometimes, especially during our busiest hours, this can mean the library is not so quiet.
We want the community to enjoy their library, so we don’t “shush” people if they’re using the space respectfully. Of course, the library does have rules of conduct, and we’ll enforce them when necessary. But we generally see that busy afternoon buzz as a sign of life!
We also recognize that some folks are looking for a more traditional library experience. Some of us are looking for a “clean, well-lighted place” to read or to study. For that part of the community, we suggest finding a space in our Adult Nonfiction Room on the main level. We can’t promise that it will be silent, but it should keep the buzz at a distance.
Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or comments about your library.