Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Leaving libraries


I was quietly registering a new library patron for a new library card. I don't love registering library cards, but the process was moving along peaceably enough. Except, while typing in all the information, behind us, a small child, in a state of pure agony, was being forcibly removed, with great commotion, from the library by their parent.


"I DON'T WANT TO GO!" The child cried out.

There was also a long, fading scream of "NOOOOOooooooooooooooo!" as the child was carried in unwilling torment from our library.

Finally, as the final door between us and the child closed, and some semblance of silence fell once again upon the library, I looked up at our new library patron and said:

"Let that be a warning to you. It can literally be torture to leave this library." 

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