If demand for library services continues to increase at the 5 percent annual rate it has averaged over the past 20 years, the benefits will only be temporary. Overcrowding in Queens Library branches is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
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Maintaining some degree of quiet and order under such conditions is a big challenge for library management, and is further intensified by the cultural diversity of Queens’ population. Joanne King, library spokeswoman, said that each ethnic group has its own way of thinking about what constitutes acceptable behavior in a given setting. Some groups might feel it okay to leave their young children in the library unattended, or to have loud conversations while others are trying to study.
Since the library is government-funded, it must welcome the entire public, including groups that other patrons find disruptive. “Our policy is to provide enough positive programming and engagement for teens who might otherwise engage in harmful behavior after school,” King said. That policy also extends to the homeless. “We welcome everybody.”
Libraries are supposed to provide books and a quiet place to read them. Let's knock off the "sensitivity" and have everyone simply shut the hell up.