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I think libraries are wonderful atmospheres and students are naturally
attracted to them. I tell the students during orientation that it is my
belief that the library is a temple - it is a sanctuary from the world. As I
am a hallway also, it took me 3 years to get them to walk quietly through
"the sanctuary."

Thank God we have no free time here. Students are scheduled every period
except one - which we call Learning Activity Period (LAP). The entire school
is in "study hall" that period and the students sign out to go to the
library, art room, computer room, tutoring, etc. Students have been asking
to be allowed to have an open campus - but that is a no-go here.


Dr. Allan O'Grady Cuseo (Brother Donogh Allan, MGC)
Bishop Kearney High School Library
125 Kings Highway South
Rochester, New York 14617

585-342 - 4000 x231
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "msirwin" <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: [LM_NET] Hit: noise level

> Yay for "shushing," Allan! We have a very large campus with several
> buildings. During their "frees," high school students can be just about
> wherever they want, . The ONLY place on campus that they are promised a
> quiet work space is the library. So I address the ones who are too loud in
> soft voice (usually, at least at first) and remind them that they have 11
> acres other than the library in which to be loud. Those who come to the
> library to work have a right to expect quiet. "This is a quiet work space:
> if you are not quiet and you are not working you need to find someplace
> to be."
> What I find remarkable is that some students have several frees every day,
> and even though they have "no work to do" they insist on being in the
> library. That may not be a bad thing, but it sure is perplexing!
> Maureen S. Irwin
> Library Director
> Rye Country Day School
> Rye, NY 10580

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