Welcome to the Library, Sorry you can’t eat cookies here

One of the things that I find most difficult about being a librarian is when I have to tell a student not to eat in the library.  Of all the things that a newly minted librarian might find challenging, this would not seem to be one you should find at the top of the list.  However, I have fond memories of my own student days when I would find a quiet corner of the library (my home away from home) to eat my own prohibited snacks.  So I have a difficult time now with finding eating in the library to be particularly heinous.

Familiarity with a place makes it easier to break certain rules within that place, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it suggests a level of comfort and trust in that place.  And as rules aren’t necessarily laws, today I find myself wavering in the enforcement of the food rules at my library workplace.

Reluctantly I trudge off to tell another student that they can’t drop crumbs into the keyboard…