Why do you love to hang out at the library?
When I was a kid, the library was my refuge from everything annoying—the bullying kids, the meaningless sport plays. The library was a heaven full of books and they were free. I wish I can say that now about the public library. It’s no longer that peaceful place where I could get things done and not be assaulted mentally, sensationally, and olfactorily. Public libraries haven’t been a quiet place for work and research for a long time. They have become video rental stores, nursery, and job centers. In the cities, they are homeless shelters by the time, and generally unkempt. There are some great public libraries still around, mostly in the suburbs, but by large, I’ve given up on them.
That said, I am still supportive of my local library. I rummage through their sale and donate money. I understand the library has an obligation to promote reading and take care of those who are in the need. But the unkempt condition and noise are very frustrating.