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This *is* still a library.

Dear fellow library patron at the terminal around the corner:

A twenty-first century library is a wonderful place to be a music lover: you can discover genres of music it'd never before occurred to you to imagine; you can track down that quirky indie band you caught in some roadhouse in Tallahassee, or look up what filth and depravity is actually going on in those unintelligible lyrics, or find out what 5/4 time sounds like.

It's not a wonderful place to flail back and forth in your seat, banging your head, pumping your fist and throwing the horns like Beavis and Butthead and stage-whispering (or so you think) the lyrics. (Fun fact: the library is also a place where you can check out CDs and concert videos and download music to your personal device--so that you can take it home and enjoy it as rambunctiously as you please.)

(A further point: we're in America. It's April 15th. Can you think of anything that some of your fellow library patrons might be anxiously focused upon finishing, thank you very much?)


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Apr. 18th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)

Perfectly said, I wish he'd read this
Apr. 18th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
Once in a while we will get the loud music people but they are mostly from group homes, try and sing along, and can't comprehend how loud they are actually being.

But the guy you heard/saw sounds like an idiot who doesn't realize what a distraction he is (or didn't care). Did anyone say anything to him or tell him to knock it off?
Apr. 18th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
He did settle down a few minutes before closing, so perhaps someone called him on it.
Apr. 19th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Well, that's a good one. We have kids in the library with their phones/iPods/whatever they are now, but nobody ever rocks out. Thankfully.
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