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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Library Etiquette Seems To Be Disappearing From Life

Posted 03-28-2023 at 05:42 PM by case44

Back in a different day, when you walked into a library, the standard element which you experienced was that it was quiet. I mean, you could not even hear a pin drop.

The library would always be a quiet zone for readers or anyone browsing books, newspapers, or magazines. If a child were to speak above a whisper, lo and behold, your trusty librarian would always go, "Ssssshhhhhh!" During my childhood and adolescent years, that was a common thing.

Oh, but nowadays?

I've been to about four or five libraries close to where I live, and it seems none of them are beholden to the same standard of etiquette today as it was in the days which I've mentioned. So, it's not 1976 anymore, but that's not important now. All you need to do is walk into that new Frisco (TX) Public Library. There is a quiet room, but it's an enclosed segment on the second floor of what, apparently, is very open space. Beautiful is the facility, but it's anything but quiet. Parents have trouble keeping their small kids from making loud noises. Adults at computer stations are talking on their smartphones, whether conducting business or otherwise. Other so-called adults are at kiosks seeking assistance from library support and reference workers, but they can't keep their voices at a whisper or quieter. Far and away, Frisco is the noisiest library I've ever been into. Others in my area with older, more dated facilities aren't really that much better.

~Sigh~ ... Perhaps an awakening is needed amongst bookworms annoyed by "outsiders" who've forgotten all about library etiquette. Then again, in 1976, nobody brought headphones to listen to walkmans while pausing to read the latest novel.
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