Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Messy, Smelly, Noisy.
The administrators recently made a decision to allow food and drinks in the library. I was opposed, but my vote doesn't count. It was a personal opposition. It is true that people often snuck things in, but we could ask them to take it outside if we came upon someone with food. Now, everyone walks in with their giant drinks and bags of fast food. It is worst in the Children's Room, because those kids are hungry after school. Totally get that...but have your snack, THEN come into the library. Seems reasonable. But no, we want everyone to like us...libraries have self-esteem issues, for sure.
Okay. I guess I have three main complaints surrounding this issue.
First, I admit that I worry about the books. While it is true that when people check out books and take them home, they will certainly have food around them. However, if they bring them back ruined, we know who to hold accountable! In here, things can get wrecked with no accountability, unless an employee chanced to see it happen.
Second, the smell is horrible. I mean, the Children's Room can get rather ripe just with the adolescent bodies crowding the place...they can't really help that. But add in bags of El Pollo Loco and Carl's Jr. OMG, you guys, I love fast food, but this place gets disgustingly full of food smells that are not pleasing...and the smell has no where to go. It just lingers. They throw their trash into the little cans around the room (best case scenario, by the way) and it SITS there. Smelling.
Third, it changes the whole feel of the place. I have seen it over the past couple of weeks. The kids, not even thinking about it I'm sure, behave totally differently. They are in the cafeteria, the courtyard, on a little picnic. They are so much louder! They don't feel like they are in a place to do work and be respectful of others. I spend so much more time now walking that fine line of keeping the room under control, yet being friendly and welcoming. "Hey, kids! We love having you here, but you could you possibly shut the fuck up?" Um, sorry...that is the fantasy I have been reduced to lately.
I guess that is my rant. And I guess I will adjust, because that is the nature of life. We adjust. Ugh.