Library Fail

Chris Harris writes:

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Imagine our surprise, however, when we entered the manga library to be welcomed with this sign that fails on so many levels.Leaving aside the quite horrific fail, we still have to deal with the unfortunate fact that this sign maker’s perception of libraries is that they are mainly quiet. What made this more sad was that the day before I had been one floor up in the same hotel talking about the fact that libraries are not just about being quiet anymore. That we have learned to change and meet user expectations; that we have adopted gaming and the idea of having a YA friendly social space. And then there was the sign.

Couldn’t it have just said “Quiet Atmosphere” or “Respect the Readers” or “Be Noisy Elsewhere” or (since this is Gen Con) “Stealth Check Required: Roll a 21 on 1d20 to be allowed to make noise.” Go forth and destroy dated stereotypes!

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  1. I wonder if you took the sign the wrong way. Since it does say, quite please, not “quiet please”. Maybe they are referring to libraries being terribly pleasing. Maybe it’s not a fail. Maybe it’s a compliment? (I know I’m being way too optimistic, but a gal can dream…)

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