Monday, August 30, 2010
Ward A, Edmonton Public School Trustee Candidate
Lois Hole Public Library Terminal #VI
August XXXth, MMX
Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA
Minister of Education,
Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud
I would definitely encourage schools in Ward A (& everywhere) to have a room on standby IV daycare & infant purposes. Here at the Lois Hole Branch Library, they have spaces IV little kids to play & relax. Little computer stations and reading areas and such. But what the staff has told me is that at this branch and at many others, if a child is acting up, or if a baby is say teething but doesn't need a diaper change in their fine "family friendly" bathrooms (with change stations in both men's and women's washrooms), they will divert the parent &/or guardian with the child/infant over to one of their quiet study rooms.
In this area, with the door closed and not having other kids or possibly noisy disturbances around, the child/infant will finish acting up & then feel the urge II be quiet as they are then not tempted by noise factors. That little bit of extra calming influence can do a great deal of wonder not just IV the child, but IV the adult as well. Not to mention overstretched library staff & patrons who may have been negatively affected by the noise generated. Which obviously is not really conducive II a safe & appropriately quiet social atmosphere (which is of course standard etiquette IV a library as its a place of contemplation &/or study.) Except of course in cases where kids come in for library field trips/scavenger hunts/craft sessions, etc.