Every now and then, while working with the public, I get to see and hear the most wonderful conversations and interactions. It can make or break my days sometimes, but this week I heard something that has continued to put a smile on my face every time I’m reminded of it.
We have a homework club that meets in one of the libraries each week, and it is well attended with a lively bustle and hum that always makes me smile. This week I saw the father of a couple of the children lead his youngest daughter from the room that we hire to them.
His daughter was maybe four or five, so it was likely an older sibling using the club, and as they walked out of the room he was quietly admonishing her. “Be quiet! This is a library! No noise!”
“Noise!” Said a small but determined little voice.
“No noise!” He said again, leading her towards the children’s library area.
“Noise!” Came the quiet but clear response.
“No noise!” Came the slightly annoyed admonishment.
“Noise!” This time with a definite note of glee.
The call and response could be heard all round the library as we all tried to stifle grins. This is the sort of intelligent rebellion that tickles library staff. I instructed my colleagues to give her a sticker if she was still doing it when they came back…