A large silver balloon was shot down this afternoon in an area above the reference section of the library I work at.
The first sightings of the balloon were in the early afternoon, when library patrons nervously became aware of it above the public computers. An emergency staff meeting was quickly assembled under fears that this giant balloon was possibly a spy balloon from the competing Washington County Public Library.
Nevertheless a policy of restraint was decided upon, and an elderly library volunteer who probably shouldn't be working on the request list anymore due to cognitive issues was assigned to keep tabs on the balloon.
At 2:08 in the afternoon the silver balloon appeared headed towards a hanging fluorescent light fixture and concerns regarding entanglement were heightened. A slingshot that has been unclaimed in the lost and found for nearly four months was procured, and after several shooting attempts with a variety of spiky, but not dangerous, objects, the balloon was shot down.
One patron was treated for "startlement" at the scene.
No spy equipment was found in any connection with the balloon and no one remembered why anyone thought the Washington County Public Library had anything to do with it, let alone how they could be a "competing" library. The debris, including the robust skin of the balloon were removed from the scene. No further problems were noted in the aftermath of the incident other than a tendency for staff in the area to speak in a humorously high "baby" voice for the next couple of hours.