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(The New York Times)   Young people still frequent libraries, saying they like to actually see for themselves these "books" their parents used to speak of   (mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 44
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2012-10-25 04:45:28 AM
I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.
 
2012-10-25 04:54:05 AM

nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.


I've always loved libraries. Not just because I'm an avid reader, but because being in a library is so soothing to my soul. And the school library was a great place to be when I was in high school. I could go in there and lose myself in a book and for at least a brief time be secure in the knowledge that those who bullied me daily wouldn't do so in the library.
 
2012-10-25 05:03:28 AM
Free w-fi FTW!

/not sure if still a 'young-person'
 
2012-10-25 05:04:49 AM

Bathia_Mapes: memkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.

I've always loved libraries. Not just because I'm an avid reader, but because being in a library is so soothing to my soul. And the school library was a great place to be when I was in high school. I could go in there and lose myself in a book and for at least a brief time be secure in the knowledge that those who bullied me daily wouldn't do so in the library.


I only have this to add - : ) . good on ya
 
2012-10-25 05:18:59 AM

alienated: Bathia_Mapes: memkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.

I've always loved libraries. Not just because I'm an avid reader, but because being in a library is so soothing to my soul. And the school library was a great place to be when I was in high school. I could go in there and lose myself in a book and for at least a brief time be secure in the knowledge that those who bullied me daily wouldn't do so in the library.

I only have this to add - : ) . good on ya


Thank you.
 
2012-10-25 06:20:41 AM
I wish I could link, "It's A Book" from my phone. It's hilarious.

Anyway, my friend said, "What it libraries were actually CIA campuses. They would be hidden in plain sight.
 
2012-10-25 06:38:05 AM
My 13 yr old son adores the city library. He's always bugging me to take him there.
 
2012-10-25 07:07:39 AM

nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.


I use to ditch and go the the zoo.
/No adult ever said anything about it either
 
2012-10-25 07:09:33 AM
Are these the next generation homeless?
 
2012-10-25 07:11:27 AM

nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.


"Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts. Some of you like pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute."

-- Frank Zappa, liner notes to Freak Out!
 
2012-10-25 07:23:04 AM
The demographic in question seems a bit... well, misguided. That 16-29 range ought to be broken in half.

The 16-21 range... likely not so much. The 22-29 range, I can believe it.

Most younger folks I know that use the library have kids. They need books for the kids, videos for the kids, books for cooking and home repair, books on crap they do at work, and more. Mostly due to the fact that they can't go blowing money on all that material because they can't afford to anymore with a kid or two in the picture.
 
2012-10-25 07:31:18 AM
My parents used our local library as after-school care for me. The local library was only about a mile away from my schools growing up. So for a number of years I'd just walk to the library after school. I know it's "not their job" to babysit me, but that wasn't really what was going on. It was just a safe place for me to sit quietly and do my homework and/or read until one of my parents got off work.

/And now you know... a random-ass story.
 
2012-10-25 07:40:16 AM
why teh Unlikely tag, subster?

delving into the magical escapism of reading is a favorite pass time for millions of children that live in dysfunctional households. libraries are a safe haven for lots of young people trying to avoid the hell which exists in their living quarters.

many young people use the libraries resources to better themselves through study. instead of pissing their lives away on websites making snarky comments all day. like me.

and just because nifty things like the Kindle exist doesn't mean everyone can afford one plus has the means to load it with books. libraries are free. beautiful and free.
 
2012-10-25 07:43:11 AM
I fell in love with the library when I found they had bound volumes of Sports Illustrated, including the swimsuit issues, and a book that had a picture of a cat pooping into a toilet. Same deal with the internet.
 
2012-10-25 07:51:04 AM
I never go to the library, but I'm constantly taking out e-books.
 
2012-10-25 07:51:17 AM
Books don't have pop under ads and autoplay videos. The most obnoxious ads still require your active particpation (those scent ads). As far as I'm concerned the internet lags decades behind good print media in usability, portability and user experience.
 
2012-10-25 07:59:30 AM
There are very few kids at the school where I librarian who don't occasionally come into the library of their own volition. Really, why is this not under the 'obvious' tag? Sure not all kids want the latest goosebumps and sweet valley high books, some of them come in for a bit of non-fiction. A book on military vehicles or something gross? That is, of course, not taking into account the kids who come in for something to use for an assignment be it crib notes for English or a Lonely Planet guide to give them a different perspective on a country for geography.
Perhaps that is just because I am brilliant at my job? (but I suspect that most school librarians are good at it too).
 
2012-10-25 08:02:48 AM
Hey, did it all the time as a kid. Nice quiet place to go to when you're sick of getting an earful from everyone.
 
2012-10-25 08:03:42 AM
I should imagine a proportion of those surveyed were in some form of education. I'm a librarian at a university in New Zealand and we are packed with kids studying for exams at the moment.
 
2012-10-25 08:10:09 AM
You know what I like about libraries:

1. I'm out of the house.

2. it's quiet

3. I can see things I may want to know, but don't know that I want to know.

4. My Time is my own

5. Lack of cell phone ringing...
 
2012-10-25 08:11:44 AM
I remember us having a library in grade school and high school but our teachers never took us to them so I always wondered what was the point.
 
2012-10-25 08:12:33 AM
Local library is moving to a newer location, we're looking forward to it. The kids love going, in the summer they have someone come in for story time and it's always a hit. They also finally introduced a system where we can get our books on the kindle which is nice. Plus, they have a video on the Atlanta zoo, that if you borrow it, you get 4 free tickets. So yeah, libraries are cool and here to stay.

/just wish I realized this at a younger age. Oh yell, live and learn
 
2012-10-25 08:14:43 AM

Unoriginal_Username: Local library is moving to a newer location, we're looking forward to it. The kids love going, in the summer they have someone come in for story time and it's always a hit. They also finally introduced a system where we can get our books on the kindle which is nice. Plus, they have a video on the Atlanta zoo, that if you borrow it, you get 4 free tickets. So yeah, libraries are cool and here to stay.

/just wish I realized this at a younger age. Oh yellwell, live and learn



/ftfm
//if I'd spent more time in a library, probabaly wouldn't have had too.
 
2012-10-25 08:22:49 AM
As someone who works in a college library I'm okay with this. Got my own office and great Internet access. Why do you think I'm on here all the time?

/the pay sucks
 
2012-10-25 08:28:39 AM
It wasn't so long ago that this wasn't the case: that kids really weren't reading, and that libraries were hurting pretty badly for patrons. So I'm really glad to see that reading is back on the upswing.
 
2012-10-25 08:30:25 AM
I am happy to hear this. Libraries need to identify and target markets in their communities and try to their best to make life long users. Get them while they are young.

/Librarian
 
2012-10-25 08:35:08 AM
Whats a "li-br-arary"?
 
2012-10-25 08:41:16 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.

I use to ditch and go the the zoo.
/No adult ever said anything about it either


I used to ditch and sneak into the local adult theater.
I would run into a few of my parents friends from time to time, but we would just agreed to forget seeing each other there,
and would go about our day.
 
2012-10-25 08:42:53 AM

ADHD Librarian: thisispete: librarian

Millennium: libraries

librarian


Nice to see some fellow librarians here on Fark!
 
2012-10-25 08:52:21 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.

"Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts. Some of you like pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute."

-- Frank Zappa, liner notes to Freak Out!


Sound thinking, for a man of his time. I don't think it ever occurred to Frank that they would have the brass balls to try to defund and shut down the libraries.
 
2012-10-25 08:59:26 AM
Being somewhere between target of the article and onion belt these days, I used to visit libraries because I couldnt afford to buy books. I could read a 5-10books a week for the price of a library card($1.00 back in the day) and indulge, when I stopped, it wasnt due to not liking libraries, it was a time thing. you grow up, have kids and find you dont have the free time in the middle of the day. When the kindle fire came out, I made the plunge, I Still buy books in the bookstore, however these days thats limited to looking for something new, or not knowing exactly what I want. shopping online for textbooks is a crap shoot at best.

I suspect as my belt gets closer to being oniony, I will revert back to the library. My personal at home library has 1K books, and I find it impossible to fit them on my bookshelves.

That being said, I still believe it is vital to a community that people without the funds to secure books, have a place to go to get them for free. My daughter(now 2) will hopefully enjoy the library, I know I will take the time to bring her.

/adjusts bacony belt.
 
2012-10-25 09:32:24 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.

"Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts.* Some of you like pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute."

-- Frank Zappa, liner notes to Freak Out!


thinkprogress.org
"If you can't afford to go to college, go to the free public library. I did it. It works."

* Results may vary
 
2012-10-25 09:33:22 AM
I liked going to the library until the local branch got a bed bug infestation. I looked into it and was amazed at how common bedbugs are spread through library books.
 
2012-10-25 09:40:18 AM
Wow, maybe there is hope for humanity after all.
 
2012-10-25 09:55:49 AM
I link it to the decrease in red licorice sales.
 
2012-10-25 10:24:08 AM

Bathia_Mapes: nmemkha:
I've always loved libraries. Not just because I'm an avid reader, but because being in a library is so soothing to my soul. And the school library was a great place to be when I was in high school. I could go in there and lose myself in a book and for at least a brief time be secure in the knowledge that those who bullied me daily wouldn't do so in the library.


I'll agree on the atmosphere of a library. For lunch, I used to go into my High School library to draw. Helped it was a beautiful space with skylights which was quiet enough to offer no distractions and empty enough that I could work without intrusive gawking.
 
2012-10-25 03:24:38 PM
Oh, yeah, my teenager totally checks out tons of stuff from (the manga shelves in the young adult section of) the library!
 
2012-10-25 05:06:17 PM
We had a freshly built library that, in retrospect, looked like a "Mad Men" set and an older brick one with a giant fireplace and 1930s era chairs that now would be regarded as classics. Both were amazingly well stocked and it was such a treat to march on over (1/2 mile in either direction) to one or the other and pull books randomly off shelves to see what was interesting. I pulled Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" off a shelf ,oh what in the 1970s, and it pretty much changed my life.
 
2012-10-25 05:18:56 PM

nmemkha: I used to ditch school to go to the library. It was a quiet air conditioned space full of cool books and no one ever challenged me about not being in school.

Nerdiest. Juvenile Delinquent. Ever.


My parents knew very well that, whenever I "ran away", they could find me at the library.
 
2012-10-25 08:38:42 PM
Maybe they won't turn into a bunch of useless Eloi?

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"What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you could let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams, for what? So you can swim, and dance, and play... You, all of you, I'm going back to my own time; I won't even bother to tell of the useless struggle and their hopeless future, but at least I can die among men! "
 
2012-10-25 10:22:40 PM
My heart is warmed by the fact that the kids are smart enough to figure out that a teacher can type a random phrase from their home work into a computer and catch them plagiarizing. With the cutbacks to book-buying budgets, libraries are full of out-dated material that isn't on the web and may never be because of copyright issues.

But seriously, I love libraries. Where else can the unemployed spend an hour a day looking at porn, play video games or poker, sit down with a coffee and pastries from the in-house coffee bar and read books for days on end without feeling like they should maybe buy one some day.

I watched dozens of free movies and TV shows, listened to music you can' find in stores, and insulated by apartment with great books I am never going to find the time to read. There's so much to do at the library and unless you live out of town, it's free. They even have little back packs to prepare the kids for the massive loads of textbooks they'll have to carry when they get to school due to the fact that the textbook mafia owns the government almost as much as the fossil fuel industry or brewers and tobacco pushers.
 
2012-10-25 11:50:47 PM
I love libraries, and so does my 9 year old son.

Not so CSB: I spent a lot of my lunch breaks in high school in the library. One day I was in there and the principal came in and reamed me SOLID, loud and long. My crime? Wearing a hat indoors.

Meanwhile just outside the door, the Black, Mexican, and White guys were prepping for their semi-annual 3-way riot, vandals were kicking apart a section of lockers, and fires were being set in several trash cans. And this buttwipe was hassling nerdy me for wearing a hat indoors. While voluntarily in the library.

Jerk.

/end not so CSB.
 
2012-10-26 12:49:07 PM
CSB:

I'm a teacher, and in the summer, I work for the local parks and recreation department as a day camp counselor (no, I don't take the summer off; can't afford it). The park I worked for this past summer was two blocks away from a public library, so every Thursday morning, I'd organize an optional library field trip, and have a couple of my staff walk a group of kids over to the branch. Out of about 60 kids, we had a core group of maybe 10 or so kids who went, eagerly, every week. Always made me smile when they'd come rushing up to me, waving their library cards, going on about what books they read last week, and what they planned on checking out this week.

I was definitely that kid growing up--rather spend summer vacation inside reading a book or playing video games than outside getting my ass handed to me in dodgeball.
 
2012-10-26 09:18:41 PM
You jackin' it?

/obscure
 
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