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I'm a new librarian at an alternative school, and I'm slowly encouraging more 
teachers to come into the library with their classes. I have been told repeatedly 
how, before I came, the library was not available at all, to anyone, so I'm glad 
that the teachers are building the habit of coming in and using the resources.


I am hearing, repeatedly, teachers tell their classes "There is no talking in the 
library!" "This is a library. You have to be quiet." 

This makes me twitch. Every time. I don't want to correct the teachers at that 
time, because many of the teachers have only a tenuous grasp on classroom control 
as it is. These students are, pretty much all the time, loud, rambunctious, and 
talkative, (on the good days!) and the teachers have difficulties getting them to 
listen long enough to communicate the activities. But I also don't want these 
students to learn that the library is the quiet place where you tiptoe into the 
presence of knowledge.

I'm not sure how to communicate this to the teachers without it sounding like a 

Sarah Loch
Valley Park Alternative Center
4510 Bawell Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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