Friday, May 5, 2023



Some library visitors like to banter. I can do that! 

A man who I haven't seen in years, from before the pandemic, came in to the library. We may have never exchanged a serious word in our lives, and we were back at it without missing a beat.

"Do children ever get caught up in your book return?" He asked. Our automated return door feeds into a long and complicated conveyer belt system.

"All the time." I answered. "It's like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory around here."

"Ah well." He reflected. "I guess they're learning valuable life lessons."

"No." I said sadly. "It's more of a culling process. But the children remaining in this town are extremely well behaved."

It's kind of like "Hi, how have you been?", but stranger.


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