More on libraries....
by, April 20th, 2009 at 12:12 PM (685 Views)
After my recent post on libraries, came across this one on the Internet today:
Just for reference, here's a picture of Bishops Cleeve:A pensioner has complained to her local Gloucestershire library after it started streaming pop music over its PA system.
76-year-old Doraine Potts, a retired Oxford University languages lecturer, complained to staff after hearing the Sugababes playing during a visit to the facility.
"I was trying to choose a book in my local library but I just couldn't concentrate. That's how loud it was - the beat was just thumping away," she told The Daily Telegraph.
"It was totally inappropriate for a library. When homes are filled with pop music and youngsters walk around with their ears glued to iPods, is it too much to ask for libraries to remain dedicated to reading?
"It's great to encourage youngsters to read but loud music impedes people from doing that."
In a statement, Gloucestershire Libraries Service defended its decision to play "quiet background music" at the Bishops Cleeve library.
"Bishops Cleeve is a popular and lovely library and it has been very busy since we introduced music," a spokesperson said.
"There is a sound system there which plays quiet background music and the majority of visitors enjoy the atmosphere.
"When asked, staff are happy to turn down the sound if it is disturbing visitors. Libraries are not just about books any more."
and here's a picture of Bishops Cleeve library outside :
and here's a picture of Bishops Cleeve library inside :
...and let's just highlight that last sentence:
"...Libraries are not just about books any more."