Monday, November 12, 2012

A Day in the Life of the Library: Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ever wondered what goes on at the library when you're not there?  Here's your chance to find out.
Staff arrives to put out newspapers and empty return bins.

Doors are unlocked as a dozen or more patrons – adults of all ages, many of whom are regulars- stream in and head for the newspaper room and to use the computers. Some rush in before work to drop off books or videos.


A steady stream of parents and strollers head for the Children’s Room. Readers settle into comfortable chairs with their books, while browsers scour the carts holding just-returned movies.

12:00 noon   
Activity increases as the staff changes for the lunch shift. People
working in the neighborhood as well as some high school students
drop in during their lunch break, but after an hour or so, it is quiet again.

High-schoolers raise the level of activity (and noise) as they head for the teen room to study, socialize and use the computers.

There is another influx from the elementary schools. Children head to the 3rd floor to browse, read, use the computers, and study with friends.

A veritable crowd of parents and young children line up for the weekly afternoon sing-along, lasting 25 minutes. At least 130 bodies participate, of which more than 60 are youngsters.

Patrons start to head home, and by 7:00 p.m. things quiet down.
Computer use continues until the closing announcements.

There are always great things happening at the library (even when you're not there)! For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends and help to support our Cambridge libraries click here.

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