By Maggie Lehar
Because controlling noise levels in the library was a problem last year, new rules of conduct have been instated to encourage students to use the library appropriately.
Last year the library was very loud and out of control, according to library teacher Sue Krause.
“Students didn’t treat it like a library. In a public library, you know you have to be quiet. But in the school library last year it was a free for all,” library assistant Catherine Hunt said.
“One of the major complaints we received was from the teachers who signed out the computers to teach a class in the library. They had to compete with loud students from study hall or who had just wandered in,” Krause said.
“The big thing that I found was that kids would bring their own computers in, find something funny on YouTube and laugh and laugh and laugh, and you know that’s not really what a school library is for,” she said.
“It’s too bad that there isn’t a place that kids can hang out, but the school’s not equipped with that, and that’s not the purpose of the library to be the loud hang out place,” Krause said.
Students are still encouraged to come in and get books, do research, and study, Hunt said.
“We want kids to come in; we just want them to realize that it is not a lounge. It’s not fair to the kids who want to study and have a quiet area to have to compete with all the noises,” she said.
“The thing I really want to stress is that kids need a purpose to come and use the library, not just to talk,” Krause said.
So far the new rules have been successful at reducing distractions in the library, according to senior Jacob Martz.
“I think it’s good that the school is making an effort to keep things in the library under control. In the last few years the library has gotten loud and out of hand. I spend a lot of time in the library for debate and ASR and I find it much easier to concentrate and get work done now that it is much quieter,” Martz said.