These headlines caught my eye as the subtitle reads, “Neighbors’ gripes makes for a library-like thrill ride.” The article goes on to talk about how an amusement park has gotten complaints from neighbors and has instituted a no-shrieking rule.

Of course the comparison made to libraries as quiet places, raised my eyebrows a bit. While I wouldn’t advocate for allowing shrieking at most libraries šŸ™‚ I would advocate for spaces, especially for teens, where they are allowed to be a bit loud, where it’s okay to not always feel they have to keep quiet. If people don’t have resources to afford enclosed places for teens in their libraries,and the library is serving all people, some who might have preferences for being quiet, including teens themselves, how do you balance trying to meet everyone’s needs? Share some ideas.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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