Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Respect library rules

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While it is absolutely essential that the public libraries get teenagers involved in library activities, including not only books but other preferably intellectual pursuits ("Teens want books and more from public libraries," Aug. 6 letter), this age group also should be willing to respect the strictures imposed by libraries on their patrons.

Along with too many other age groups that use the library facilities, they should be aware that cell phone usage is banned.

Understanding that there is a certain amount of youthful exuberance, I still am alarmed somewhat at the high noise level encountered, albeit from a few, in the usually quiet environment of the library.

In addition, public display of affection, although encountered infrequently, certainly is out of place in the library.

Individuals of all ages should be made welcome in our public libraries. I only request that they observe the rules and regulations that are posted for patrons.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring