I discovered the most amazing thing a few weeks ago – a library that actually had a section where you have to be quiet. In all my years growing up, the library was the place where silence was truly golden. These days children have no concept (except maybe church?) where quiet is the rule. Mind you, I love the way libraries have morphed into 'learning emporiums', but I confess I miss the reverence of public silence. TV sets on everywhere give me a headache!
Fortunately for the Middleton Public Library, they are large enough to house the wonderful dynamics of a learning center upstairs – and downstairs, the quiet space to do undisturbed reading and research. They also have a generous sized meeting room where all kinds of workshops are offered for free. Love the place!