On 3 Sep 2010 at 1:12pm LibraryGirl wrote:
I was just in the Library using the computer when a woman with three kids shouts out that one of them has pooed and wee'd in his pants. Nice. She then proceeded to change his clothes right in the middle of the library. The smell was horrendous - I had to leave. Is it just me or would anyone else find her behaviour offensive?
On 3 Sep 2010 at 1:21pm Old cynic wrote:
That's pretty grim. They do have toilets in the library, so no excuse really. I wish the kids section was closed off so you didnt have to listen to the screaming kids and the parents chitty chat
On 3 Sep 2010 at 1:25pm stan wrote:
They have very nice toilets there as well. Libraries are strange places now though, quite noisy and not somewhere to study.
On 3 Sep 2010 at 1:31pm QOTSA wrote:
Librarys should be places to study and read books not somewhere to take the kids for a day out. When i was a kid i was far too scared to make a noise in a library. It's gone downhill since they spent the library budget on computers and forgot to spend it on books!
Don't worry i'm sure that mums kids will be brought up terribly and be littering the street and being obnoxious soon enough. What is wrong with some parents?!
On 3 Sep 2010 at 4:34pm Winterbourne Wanderer wrote:
Yeah Old Cynic and QOTSA, terrible isn't the way they let any old children in the library and then don't even insist on terrorising them into being silent? And fancy exposing young children to books - dreadful. Not like my day when I was too scared to go into my library for fear of accidentally breathing too loudly.
And before you say anything, no, I don't think it's acceptable for parents to change children's pants in the middle of the library when there is a perfectly nice loo there.
On 3 Sep 2010 at 5:14pm me wrote:
Lewes library bookwise is like the land that time forgot. Whats the point in spending all that money on a "Library" and then filling it with the same old crap (no pun intended) you've had for 20 years. The computers linked to the county library list is like an episode of Bullseye. "Here's what you could have won"
On 4 Sep 2010 at 2:32pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The library is a bloody disgrace. When they got re-elected in 2000 or whenever it was, the Tories found a ¬£2m gap in the budget and felt the easiest way to close it was by not spending ¬£2m on a new library for Lewes. After quite a campaign, it was reinstated but as a shadow of its former self and at far less cost. The reduced budget meant they didn't get ¬£500k of lottery funding that had been pledged (ESCC had to put up the other ¬£500k and wouldn't) and the sum that had originally been earmarked for new books to go in the new library was slashed.
Of course, there is a business case for spending money on computers, DVDs etc - they can charge for these and generate income, money spent on books earns them nothing. In fact, they probably make more money by not having books, and getting the fees they charge for ordering them in from other authorities' libraries under the inter-library loan scheme.
I have no problem with children using the library for noisy activities, but think that the children's section should be separated in such a way that it doesn't disturb those who want to read or study in peace and quiet. The behaviour of some of these children is terrible, and the mother who changed his pants in the middle of public area should have been chucked out imo.
I'd definitely have complained if I'd been in there. But then I wouldn't have been in there, because it's so rubbish!
At least they've got rid of some of the dreadful harridans that used to work in the old one. When I went to order a book once, one (nicknamed "The Basilisk" by a friend of mine) asked me why I didn't go and buy it, as it was only ¬£7.99!
On 5 Sep 2010 at 11:02pm Bartleby wrote:
"Librarys should be places to study and read books not somewhere to take the kids for a day out. When i was a kid i was far too scared to make a noise in a library. It's gone downhill since they spent the library budget on computers and forgot to spend it on books!
Don't worry i'm sure that mums kids will be brought up terribly and be littering the street and being obnoxious soon enough. What is wrong with some parents?!"
hmm, your literacy levels don't really do justice to your reverent attitude to libraries.
yes annette why not humiliate all 4 of that family by chucking them out, good idea.
On 6 Sep 2010 at 7:22pm Library Girl wrote:
What makes you say there were four of them?
On 6 Sep 2010 at 10:13pm bartleby wrote:
'a woman with three kids'...