The library is still a place for quiet reading and studying. Cell phones disturb the silent areas of the library not only because of the ring tones but because of patrons carrying on conversations. The library has allowed cell phone use in the lobby and on the first and second floor Galleria areas.
Here you can have your cell phone conversations and not disturb patrons who are reading, studying or working on their computers. It would be wonderful if everyone who entered the library put their cell phone on vibrate or silent mode. Then when they received a call, they could go to an approved area to talk. This would alleviate the problem of library attendants having to ask patrons to turn off their cell phones and leave a quiet area.
With new technology come new advances and new problems. We are trying to be considerate of all who use the library and appreciate everyone’s cooperation.
There will be a change in computer class registration beginning March 1, 2011. A deposit of $5 will be required to hold a seat in a computer class. This fee will be returned to you at the time of the computer class or if you cancel with a 24-hour notice. Failure to show for a class will forfeit your deposit.
If you register for more than one class in a month the deposit for the additional class will be $2.50. All deposits need to be cash. The library does not take debit cards or credit cards. A valid library card is still necessary to register. This change does mean that you need to register for a class at the library. There will be no reservations taken over the phone.
The reason for this change is due to the fact that many patrons have signed up for classes and then fail to show. Since there are limited seats in our computer classroom that means patrons have been turned away from classes that were full only to have empty seats the day of the class.
For more information about the library and its services, go to the website www.clevelandlibrary.org.