Is this a trend where you live? I'm at the Asheville-Buncombe library downtown, working on my editing job, and a librarian at the main desk is yapping away, very loudly I might add, on the telephone. She's talking library stuff--it's clearly a work-related call--but her voice is carrying clear across the library. Another librarian is talking to a patron nearby, and Librarian #2 is talking even louder, possibly because the first librarian's voice is so loud.
I am a longtime library-goer. Noisy children are occasionally a problem, sometimes a big problem--particularly when their parents won't tell them to be quiet. Recently, loud adults have become more of a problem. They just talk like they're outside on a city street. I want to give them my best evil-librarian glare, put my finger to my lips, and hiss, "Shhhh!"
But I wonder, would the loud librarian resent me if I did that to her?