a rare sight, a real student in the library

30 Mar

london 11.47am 10.6C cloud/bright wednesday 2016

i have read of libraries closing, with the guardian asking people to write in and tell them what their local library means to them.

the common view that libraries are full of old men, tramps and migrants is quite true . i have come to this library near me for ages and it is so. today i was lookng at this old chap sitting next to me, sleeping… and wondering how come he can get away with it without the librarian coming round  to wake him and it make me think that i know that librarians are forced to do so by the rules, to make sure no one died in the library.

i was thinking maybe they should not be blamed if someone did die in the library. it is a easy death if u can just fall asleep and die. there are worst ways to die.

anyway i was looking around me and saw a student, a young chinese looking guy sitting opposite me. he has his school books spread out and there was no laptop. just charging his smart phone. i was so surprised because this is the first time i seen a student here.

what is the world coming to. haha. imagine! a student in a library.!!!!!

added. what next? someone borrowing a book from the library perhaps? it maybe just me,  but it is rare for me to  see anyone borrowing books in this library.

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5 Responses to “a rare sight, a real student in the library”

  1. dosirakbento Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    I do! Not often but I do borrow books 😀
    Mainly ones that I wouldn’t consider spending money on….but I am actually a big fan of libraries even though I hardly spent more than 10 minutes every now and then (have to think, last time I went must have been 2 months ago…)

    • alifesgayventure Wednesday March 30, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

      most people dont go that often. when i was working i dont go that much, but now that i am not working, i find it gives me an excuse to get out of the flat, and have some place to head for .
      it is better nowadays than in the past where there is not much reason to hang around in the library once u select the books you want to borrow. now its got wifi and newspapers to read so that i hang around there more. but it is not a place to meet people, because u cannot talk . so it is different from a coffee shop in that sense. not that u can meet anyone in a coffee shop anyway, with everyone too busy to chat because they are head down deep in their laptop. haha.

  2. Garfield Hug Saturday April 2, 2016 at 3:22 am #

    Our libraries are brimming with people and students. We have technology as in loaning DVDs, digital media etc. The old non existent National Library in the 1970s sounds like your described ambience. Precious to have an “old” library for people who have no where to go instead of mischief. Nice you got to see a Chinese student in the library who probably believed in using a library to study. Old school value ☺

    • alifesgayventure Saturday April 2, 2016 at 7:08 am #

      our libraries still have that old school ambience, though it is gradually eroding, for eg, the no talking sign is taken down. people talk on the phone in the library now. as for dvd, that is old hat now. no one borrows that anymore. haha. they get netflix etc on tv. my library is trying to have e books on loan. but it is tying it with nook, and i cannot get nook app on my chrome book. there is another library built as part of an academy for school kids, and there the kids use it, but only in term time. they use the computers mainly, as far as i can see. books as such seems to be getting more and more a side issue for the libraries.

      • Garfield Hug Saturday April 2, 2016 at 8:53 am #

        True…all true!! Have a great weekend my far away friend in London 😄

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