I did my inquiry at the Monterey Public Library. I picked the location for making my observations carefully: I sat at a desk upstairs where I could easily observe the upstairs of the library. It was also relatively trivial to observe the downstairs, all I had to do was stand up and look down. Here are my observations from yesterday:
- There are two people who appear to be watching movies
- Two, maybe three, people who look like they are homeless
- One person taking a nap
- Three people in the other area with tables and chairs who all appear to be studying
- One Hispanic person who walked by
- A guy with a baseball cap who stood near me
- A woman with black & grey hair walked towards me. She was reading, then she walked off towards a table area near me.
- Librarian talking at normal volume with patrons checking out books
- Three people who are browsing the internet on public access computers (Out of five computers total)
- One person reviewing the new releases shelf
- One person who accidentally set of the circulation alarm
- Two people browsing the Teen Zone
- Two (or three) people chatting about DVDs
- One dad pushing a baby in a stroller
- One baby crying, possibly the same one.
- New sign near the Youth Area that says “READ” in block letters (The letter appear to be colored by children)
- Man and woman walking into the Youth Area. Woman appears to be wearing a hijab
- Mother & daughter checking out books from the librarian at the Single Service Desk
- Grey haired woman walking out of the Teen Zone
- Reference Librarian, Karen, walking towards the staff area with a black woman who is a new librarian
- Black woman patron who is waiting at the reference desk – no one was at the desk, although a librarian returned to assist her shortly.
At first I wondered why there were so “many” people stopping near me. I realized why this was occurring when I ended up leaving my seat and walking downstairs. There is a table there with a “Free Books” section where the library gives away books. I think it’s been there all along, I had just forgotten about it.