It’s Okay for Libraries to Be Loud!

From a Washington Post story by Karen MacPherson headlined “It’s okay for libraries to be loud! Take it from me, a librarian.”:

It was a quiet early afternoon in the library, and we librarians were enjoying a rather raucous chat at the circulation desk. Suddenly, a patron, who had been reading a magazine, marched up to us, gave us an annoyed “Shush!” and went back to her seat.

Stunned into silence, we tried not to giggle. How weird for a group of librarians to be shushed by a patron! Shouldn’t it be the other way around?