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I'm at the central library now. I'm not loving it.

The library has much quicker internet access than I have at home. There are approximately 60 stations grouped on the ground floor, most of which are usually occupied. That's great.

What's not so hot is the utter lack of supervision. Some of these patrons are loud. Not just a little conversation here or there; I"m talking full-out singing along with whatever Youtube video they're repeatedly watching, thrashing around, etc.

There's a group of young men, commenting LOUDLY on the freaks at a porno site. Their descriptions are crude, but vivid. And LOUD.

Oh, good. Someone's ring tone has drowned out the tone-deaf diva sitting next to me.

Closer supervision, HPL?

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I'm at the central library now. I'm not loving it.

The library has much quicker internet access than I have at home. There are approximately 60 stations grouped on the ground floor, most of which are usually occupied. That's great.

What's not so hot is the utter lack of supervision. Some of these patrons are loud. Not just a little conversation here or there; I"m talking full-out singing along with whatever Youtube video they're repeatedly watching, thrashing around, etc.

There's a group of young men, commenting LOUDLY on the freaks at a porno site. Their descriptions are crude, but vivid. And LOUD.

Oh, good. Someone's ring tone has drowned out the tone-deaf diva sitting next to me.

Closer supervision, HPL?

Okay, that is just not cool. When I used the library during the aftermath of Ike, it was not like that. People were quiet and respectful and I used the 2nd and 3rd floors with WiFi on my laptop. It was really a nice experience.

Sorry to hear about the masses on the first floor. I did notice it was like a cattle-call when they would open and people would rush the machines.

Nothing like public porn viewing.

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I'm at the central library now. I'm not loving it.

The library has much quicker internet access than I have at home. There are approximately 60 stations grouped on the ground floor, most of which are usually occupied. That's great.

What's not so hot is the utter lack of supervision. Some of these patrons are loud. Not just a little conversation here or there; I"m talking full-out singing along with whatever Youtube video they're repeatedly watching, thrashing around, etc.

There's a group of young men, commenting LOUDLY on the freaks at a porno site. Their descriptions are crude, but vivid. And LOUD.

Oh, good. Someone's ring tone has drowned out the tone-deaf diva sitting next to me.

Closer supervision, HPL?

Any chance you've shared your comments with the library staff or administration?

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so if you can't eat, drink, make noise, talk on your phone, and look at porn :wub: you are out huh

LOL you're such a funny girl. ;) But no... I should have specified that I like peace and quiet... something I prefer and would expect when going to any library. :)

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Why does the library need a performance stage?  Will this be a small stage for, maybe "puppet shows for kids?"  Or something else?

 

I'm curious as to why the library wants to move into the arts realm.   Could this stage be for book or poetry readings?  Anyone know the size of stage that they are planning?

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With the research skills I learned in a library, I found this link:  http://houstonlibrary.org/get-involved/building-future#Central Library Plaza

 

h/t the above link:  This project includes placement of a new steel/glass stage area including lighting dedicated for concerts, plays, programs and other events. 

Also, pavers to cover the concrete and replace the wooden decking.

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Thanks for this.  And your point is correct.  I should have google myself.

 

anyway, this "performance stage" is exactly what a libary doesn't need to spend money on.  We have LOTS of arts institutions who do this but only one library system.  The library needs to spend money on what they do so they can do it better or more efficiently.

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2 hours ago, UtterlyUrban said:

Why does the library need a performance stage?  Will this be a small stage for, maybe "puppet shows for kids?"  Or something else?

 

I'm curious as to why the library wants to move into the arts realm.   Could this stage be for book or poetry readings?  Anyone know the size of stage that they are planning?

 

Some weekends when I ride by, I've come across poetry readings on the steps of the old library during book sale events. Surprisingly, the poetry readings I've encountered do draw a small crowd (and not of bums) so a small stage seems like a good idea for these types of events.

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On 9/7/2016 at 4:27 PM, UtterlyUrban said:

Why does the library need a performance stage?  Will this be a small stage for, maybe "puppet shows for kids?"  Or something else?

 

I'm curious as to why the library wants to move into the arts realm.   Could this stage be for book or poetry readings?  Anyone know the size of stage that they are planning?

I mean, a library already exists in the "arts realm." Literature is one of the several basic forms of art. Think of this as an expansion to the other forms of art.

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what is the goal of this plaza and how does its goal foster the goal of a lending library?

 

there are places that exist today for parents to bring kids to be exposed to the arts and reading.  Discovery Green is one of those places.  It seems to me that the goal of a lending library system should be to help kids understand research and reading.  Will seein  performances, including the depicted music performances do that?

 

 

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