What’s Up with That: Chaos in the Library

by Ali Christ

Libraries were created in order to give people access to books and the opportunity to engage in studious activities. You could simply walk into your local library and expect to get work done with some relative peace and quiet; no one questioned your arrival there, or scrutinized your materials or objective. For some students the library is a sanctuary, a mythical land where your brain awakens and your work almost seems to do itself. And as long as you did not disturb its quiet and studious atmosphere, the librarian, who we all envision as wearing horn-brimmed glasses and hair in a tight bun, wouldn’t wag her finger your way or “shush” you out the door.

However, things are a bit different at RFH.   Rules state that students must get a pass before the morning warning bell in order to go to library. You can’t stroll in during the day and ask to do work, even when there are multiple computers available or the room is completely empty.

Oh, and you’d better have that sacred pink pass; otherwise the library will reject you.  That’s right, spit you out.  No learning for you.

While getting a pass ahead of time doesn’t seem like a lot to ask, it is.  The mornings are already hectic for a lot us. We all rush around, trying to get to school on time, parking, finishing last minute homework, finding teachers for help, devouring food, and so on. During this maze of crazy we don’t always have enough time to get a pass in the morning (let along remember).

Similarly, we don’t always know what upcoming assignments we have until we get them during the day.  If they require us to type a response or conduct research, we’re out of luck.  Because we can’t go to library to get a head start. We have to wait until after school, or until the next morning.  So in effect, the inability to predict the future punishes students who would actually like to do their work before heading home for the day. This may be a very select few (slackers, for shame), but let’s not forget that we matter, too!

We also have last-minute research we forgot about until it dawns on us after the bell rings. This is a great misfortune, and often leads to a sudden rush of adrenalin and elevated blood pressure, swings in mood from calm to anger, explicit language, and more. Then there’s also the still more unfortunate loss of points that follows forgotten homework, the possible plummet in GPA, which, let’s face it, no one can really afford. Aside from its most obvious academic consequences, you guys remember being grounded, doing chores, having the car taken away, or worse.

Please, cut us some slack!

So let’s return to the serene utopia of books we all imagine the library to be—a babbling brook of knowledge and songbirds chirping Shakespearean sonnets.  Free reign for all, pink pass or not!  Most books end with a happily ever after, so why can’t we?

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