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Keep it down - people are reading!

Published 11th October 2016

Sssh - Sandwell libraries are proving so popular they are having to set aside quiet zones for people to read and study.

Library staff are setting up dedicated quiet ‘sssh zones’ in all libraries for those visitors who want a bit of silence.

Over the years all Sandwell libraries have become busy community hubs offering much more than just borrowing books

They are used by community groups, for art exhibitions, craft clubs, children’s holiday activities, for gigs, drama and dance – and now a little bit of them will be set aside during the day for quiet reading.

Councillor Richard Marshall, cabinet member for leisure, said: “We are setting up ‘sssh zones’ where we are asking people to keep conversations to a minimum, avoid taking or making phone calls and keep electronic devices on silent.

“In recent years Sandwell libraries have become really vibrant community hubs with so many interesting and different cultural events going on but we never lose sight of their initial purpose – somewhere to borrow books and if people want a quiet place to read and study.”

For more details on Quiet Zone, please contact your local library or visit the Sandwell libraries webpage