Friday, November 10, 2023

Sounds of the library


A patron comes to me at the front desk of the library. She wants to get a library card.

"I haven't been in a library for years, and I just moved to the area. I love books and libraries! I'm so excited to be here and get a card!" She enthuses. But then she stops short in self consciousness. "Wait." She says. "Did I just say all that super loud? Am I being too loud for the library?" She asks quietly.

I smile. "Wait for it." I say. And I hold up a finger.

A blood curdling scream issues from the children's room and splits the night.

"Worry not." I say. "You're way ahead of the curve." 

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