I have been so grateful for our libraries throughout WV and northern VA where I have the opportunity to perform regularly. Libraries are venues for artists, performers, schools, etc. to share their craft in a family friendly, community centered environment. For libraries to host these free activities though, there has to be a level of noise involved. This idea that libraries are a place for “noise,” is a relatively new trend.
As Ann Litz, “Obsolete Librarian,” stated, “Libraries are moving from being a "book space" to a "people space.” From a musician’s point of view, this is GREAT! If you’re in your late 20’s and older, you will remember a time when you were expected to “BE QUIET,” in the library. As a child, I remember getting that death glare from adults as soon as my decibel level rose above “barely audible.”
Today however, the majority of libraries invite noise! They host movie nights, concerts, interactive story times, yoga, game nights, craft workshops, Comic Cons, traveling zoos, and so many more creative and fun ways to bring families together. Libraries have become the heart of our communities.
Now, this isn’t to say that all rules have been completely abandoned. There are still expectations of proper etiquette. For example, refrain from using profanity, try not to talk to loudly, and please, please, PLEASE, take all phone conversations outside when possible.
So if you haven’t already checked out your local library to see all the different programs they provide, do so today. They offer an array of activities for many different age groups and tastes. Remember too, these activities are free and you get to do something that was once taboo in a library…you get to make a little noise!