Welcome to the Z edition of the A to Z Blog Challenge featuring Library Love. Z is for Zzzzzz.
People always seem to catch a few zzzzz’s in the library. Perhaps it is because libraries are calm and quiet. Perhaps it is because a boring text is being read. I know that I fell asleep in the library more than once when I was in college. I’m sure it was a combination of academic literature combined with work, classes, and basic college life where there always seemed to be something going on.
There are actually college libraries that address this problem. The University of Michigan has a napping area.
Wellesley College has gone a step further and have installed Energy Pods that offer a place to take a twenty minute nap.
And, a napping library cat is just cute.
In actuality, sleeping in libraries is a big problem.
Libraries welcome everyone including the homeless population. In many cities, when the door is opened in the morning, there is a group of homeless people waiting to come in. They need a place to pass the day that is safe, dry, and warm. Librarians often find them snoozing in different areas of the library.
Where I worked, we had a policy of waking them up. It was okay to sit and read but we were not offering sleeping accommodations. Librarians need to balance the need to help the homeless while accommodating regular patrons. Usually the homeless read newspapers and use computers. If their behavior gets disruptive or dangerous, the police are called in to help. Librarians are not trained as social workers or mental health professionals but dealing with this population is one of the challenges today’s libraries face.
Thanks you for joining me on this month long journey into the library world. There are many things that didn’t make it into this month’s post so I’ll be sharing a library round-up in the weeks to come so I hope you’ll stop by for a visit soon.
time for a few zzzzzz’s….