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Several of you have commented on the amount of talking that is acceptable in the 
library, and that you generally follow the teacher's classroom rules. I've got a 
bit of a different situation here. My library is one of the few places (maybe the 
ONLY place) where food and drink are not permitted. Most teachers have given in to 
those who want to be able to eat candy and drink sugar all day long. I've had 
classes come in, each student with a drink in hand, and not even glance at the sign 
they passed that says "No Food Or Drinks In The Library."
So far I've not had a teacher object, but I've had students question why they can 
have the drinks in the classroom but not in the library. If the question is asked 
as a genuine question (respectfully) I'll point out the new carpet in the library 
(classrooms have tile), the computers (which are 3-6 years old, and in need of 
replacing), and the shelves of books, magazines, and newspapers (none of which like 
to get wet). If the question is in the form of a complaint, I just say that each 
teacher is free to set classroom rules, the library is my classroom, and my rules 
don't permit food or drink.
I've really not had much in the way of challenges to the rules.
David Lininger, kb0zke,
MS/HS Librarian
Hickory County R-1 Schools
Urbana, MO 65767
d l i n i n g e r  at S k y l i n e. k12. m o. us

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