So today I stepped outside to go to work and I was bowled over by how nice it was, then I began to think a mental health day would be nice, but what would I do, where would I go? I got in my car and thought the world is at my feet what should I do? Then I started thinking about what I had to get done today at work, and then my brief flirtation with absenteeism was over, damn I hate being a grownup.
On the plus side I had an interesting conversation with one of the baristas (sic) at my local Starbucks. We were talking about how he does not like to study at the library because of all the stacks of books are imposing, distracting. I mentioned that I too do not understand how people can study there as it is usually too noisy because of whatever. I blame the open concept library, I have now worked in two such designed libraries, one that has plenty of rooms and spaces for programming and/or quiet study, the other falls short in this. Both have study rooms, but the walls are thin, so you can hear what is going on inside vice versa. Both of these branches are beautiful and inviting to all, except the studier. Programming and regular conversations can be distracting etc. I think a well balanced library would have quiet spaces and programming spaces, whether the programming/Children’s areas are separate with glass or sound dampening technology used to diminish the noise of the children enjoying the library. They can be happy and loud while others suffer in silence. Some people come to the library to get away from the noise and confusion of life, an oasis of sorts, where they can sit enjoy the paper or novel in silence with their coffee etc. Students come to study and to get away from the distractions of home like TV, Xboxes, screaming annoying siblings etc.etc. So now we are failing to provide the service that these people want, they have just as much right to enjoy the library, and they pay taxes as well, but their needs are being ignored or downplayed. How as an institution that promotes life long learning and the third place, now what?
So while looking through the OLA’ Super conference mailings I saw that The Cellist of Sarajevo, the winner of the evergreen award is the One Book One Conference title. I have been meaning to read this book for awhile and since I am attending the conference I thought I had better read it.
So I picked up the book and started to read it, this is a great book. I think Steven Galloway, aptly captured the cares, worries and strife of living day to day under siege. By Concentrating on three characters, each doing their best to survive. One taking the fight back to the unnamed men in the hills a family man that has to get water for his family, and another man, who is doing his best to survive, but has forgotten how or what it means to live. This is a great book that has been well reviewed in so many other places that I can do it no more justice. I look forward to discussing it with other professionals, and book lovers.