Hello! My name is Nancy and I am a freak magnet. Yes, I know this is not a title that anyone would aspire to hold let alone admit to. Yet I find that it is the most logical reason for why I am constantly plagued with less than favorable public reading environments.

I would love to read at home and some times I do so, but I can be easily distracted and dissuaded from my mission. So I decided to make some quality time for me and my books. I would set aside a day (MONDAY) and go and visit a different location in search of the "perfect" spot for me and my reads.
I began my quest by visiting the public libraries in my area believing that those would be the epitome of peaceful, quality reading time. Wrong Wrong WRONG!!! For the past six weeks I have been plagued by some of the most unusual and offensive characters around. For instance, when did the public library suddenly become the "in" spot for nappers, snorers and apnea afflicted people? I truly believe that they all wait for me to walk into the library just so that they can come in and sit by me. Honestly, I have yet to spend time at the Library and not have to vacate my spot because I am unable to concentrate on my book due to the noise that my sleepy neighbor is making. I have done all that I can do but walking away is always the best policy...believe me. I have tried it all and it is the best solution.
Then I have had people ask me about the book I am reading, which is great. I don't mind giving a quick synopsis about the book I have and then getting back to the task at hand. If only it would stop at that point..but no, never in my universe. Unfortunately the small verbal exchange seems to mean that I want to talk.....NO! I come to the library to read, sorry I know that may seem rude, but that is why I am there and not at the local coffeehouse. Besides I hate it when people question my reading choices and if I have read Twilight or if I know where the bathroom is or if I know how to spell "planned" (yes I was asked that) or if they could use my phone. See what I mean?
This last Monday adventure proved to be most difficult. I was seated in a new spot and after a bit I acquired a neighbor that decided to clear his throat for what seemed an eternity and then he proceeded to have a conversation with himself and then shouted at the load speaker announcement. That was my cue to get up at go. I somehow managed a nice spot only to find another snorer...so i vacated again and found a spot in the corner near the teen section to encounter a couple in make out mode that proceeded to give me the evil stink eye. Ok! I got up yet again and nearly am mowed down by two children chasing and screaming at each other. That! was my breaking point. I had spent an hour at the library and barely read a chapter. I had to move several times in order to find some peace that never came and was so frustrated I had to leave and decided to call my friend.
I asked her why does this kind of situation always happen to me. What is up with the library? She proceeded to tell me that it was the fact that I was a Freak Magnet. At first I denied this possibility but what other explanation could it be. I am almost afraid to try other public places to enjoy my reads but I am willing to try. I am asking. What other places do you go to for some good quiet reading time? I am begging for suggestions. HELP!

10 comments on "Am I A Freak Magnet? My endless search for a peaceful place to read"

10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Rhiannon Hart wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

dd03 wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 2:47 AM

Hey, girlie!
Yes, you are a freak magnet.
I like you.
See.
Freak magnet. ^.~

I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

So Many Books, So Little Time wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 4:14 AM

I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

elnice wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 6:01 AM

LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

rebrebs wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 9:15 AM

wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
But I lurvs you anyway.
Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Mardel wrote:
September 25, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

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Anonymous wrote:
September 27, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Jeane wrote:
September 27, 2009 at 5:54 AM

I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.


10 comments:

  1. Oh god, I feel your pain. There's nothing more annoying that noisy/snoring/interrupting people when you're trying to read. But you know what? It's always the busiest places where you get peace. Quiet, no. But you're left alone! At my library the drunks snooze in the YA section, because it's away from the front desk and the screaming children. It's kinda gross and unsettling, and I'm 24. Poor teen kids! I read on the tram or at home--libraries just aren't stay-and-sit places anymore. Did I mention screaming children?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey, girlie!
    Yes, you are a freak magnet.
    I like you.
    See.
    Freak magnet. ^.~

    I've found the best place to read is in a busy place such as B&N coffee shops, restaurants, coffee shop (not starbucks...we have an indy called The Coffee Depot. It's made for reading/studying, unless it's an entertainment night...but I digress.)

    Oh...I find that if I put on my nano. The earplugs are a dead giveaway to leave me alone...I'm in my own world and not listening to YOU. Works for me. Give it a try. (you don't even have to play the thingy, just put in the plugs.)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I read in bed late at night. It's one of the only times that my house is silent!

    ReplyDelete
  4. LOL, the only time I have any peace to read is after 8 in my room. Distractions, yes, but if I make too much noise cleaning or doing other things I would wake the kids. So reading it is (well and blogging)

    ReplyDelete
  5. wow, that's crazy, I am glad the library I go to is usually dead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Snerk! yez u iz. I calls the way I seez it.
    But I lurvs you anyway.
    Humm iz that why we get along sooo well.. Could it be???

    Hi Im Linda and I am a freak magnet. If there is a bipolar nut job *usually with BO* in any store I go in.. bamn they are on me like jack!

    Maybe we should have a support group?? ^*^

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow, just being approachable-or a nice person who comes across as approachable will bring the freaks on. If you walk around with a scowl on your face, not many people will bother you. Unfortunately, then you get the frown lines....

    ReplyDelete
  8. Or how about the park? ummm, i never had anyone as me anything at a park...

    And you are probably exaggerating a little their... anyways...

    ReplyDelete
  9. I feel your pain. At my library it's always teens giggling or people on their cell phones. Our children's librarian seems to be pretty good at noisy kids out. I think they made a new rule about sleeping in the library because I haven't seen any unkempt sleepers there, but when I lived in San Francisco the downtown library was notorious for being a bum hangout. I've found, like Mardel, that the park is peaceful! No one bothers me, reading on a bench.

    ReplyDelete
  10. No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Ravenous Reader wrote:
September 27, 2009 at 9:32 AM

No exaggerating at all. These are my unfortunate experiences of which I seem to have, which is funny because I have traveled to many libraries and seem to have the same issues. This last Monday was the deal breaker, to have that much go on in one place....


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SEPTEMBER


SCOTT WESTERFELD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, September 26 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Tuesday, September 27 @7pm

LISA McMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

DAVID ARNOLD in conversation with JANDY NELSON

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LEIGH BARDUGO

Linden Tree Books in Lost Altos
Sunday, October 2 @ 4pm
(there are very specific rules for this event so please visit the link and check it out beforehand)

ANNE BISHOP
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, October 2 @ 7pm

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

Kepler's hosted event at Redwood Shores Library
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7pm

RICHARD PECK
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, October 5 @ 3pm

MICHAEL DI MARTINO in conversation with GENE LUEN YANG
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 10 @ 7pm

LitQuake YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Panel: TIM FLOREEN, PARKER PEEVYHOUSE, TRICIA STIRLING, TRACI CHEE
The Sports Basement in San Francisco
Thursday, October 13 @ 7pm

MARGARET STOHL
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, October 14 time TBA

KRISTEN CAST and P.C. CAST
Borderlands Books in San Francisco
Sunday, October 16 @ 3pm

MARIE LU
Mrs. Dalloway's North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30

MATTHEW KIRBY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 18 @ 7pm

MARIE LU

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 19 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW
A Great Good Place For Books
Friday, October 21 @ 7pm

RACHEL COHN & DAVID LEVITHAN

NYMBC event Books Inc. in San Francisco
Saturday, October 22 @ 2pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW

Hicklebees's in San Jose
Saturday, October 21 @ 7pm

NYMBC Presents: KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Books Inc. Laurel Village in San Francisco
Tuesday, October 25 @ 7pm

JAY KRISTOFF, AMIE KAUFMAN, KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7pm

NOVEMBER

SJ KINCAID Book Launch for THE DIABOLIC

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, November 1 @ 7pm

JAY ASHER

Rakestraw in Danville
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm

TARA SIM book launch for TIMEKEEPER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm

JAY ASHER
Copperfields's in Petaluma
Thursday, November 3 @ 7pm

KRISTEN-PAIGE MADONIA, TAMARA IRELAND STONE
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

GORDON JACK

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

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