Name:: Ashley Murray
Major or Department:: SSU Children’s School
Are you (select one): SSU Staff
Your Comment :
I brought a small group of toddlers into the library Children’s Room today and received several complaints about the noise level (which I couldn’t control as the children are not at an age where they have the ability to control the volume of their voices). I wish there were signs posted in the Children’s Room or 2nd floor of the library requesting quiet. We would not have come to visit the library if we would have known that people were taking finals on the 2nd floor. I have always known the 3rd floor to be the quiet floor and expected people who wanted peace and quiet to be studying to be on that floor. I apologize for disturbing students in the library, but suggest that the finals week library guidelines are more clear in the future for the Children’s Room. I was saddened to hear a student muttering, “Why would someone bring children to a library!?” Because there is a wonderful Children’s Room of course! I hope all are aware that even the youngest children appreciate literacy and benefit from The Children’s Room.
Dear Ashley, We are sorry to hear of your negative experience on your last trip to the library. We always love to see the little ones come to the library and enjoy their excitement in finding new treasures to read.
The last week of classes and finals week are always stressful times for our students as they finish up their work for the semester. Demand for study space is high; we actually open up additional rooms to help address the problem, as well as keep the library open 24 hours during those weeks. While the third floor is the designated “Quiet Zone,” during finals we all try to be mindful of the intense studying going on throughout the library, on all floors.
When we hear of non-SSU student groups planning to visit during those 2 weeks, we respectfully ask them to wait until after finals so we can focus our space use for students’ needs.
We are glad you find the Children’s Room valuable and look forward to your continued use of the collection. (By the way, the bear has gone off to the “hospital” to have his ear stitched up. He will return once he’s all better.)
Thanks for voicing your concerns. We look forward to seeing the little ones again soon.