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  • I swear they have been trying to get a new library for years. The check-out attendant has long complained about having to replace the expensive gravel (you don't need to worry about landscaping and plants with gravel) along the building's perimeter.

    I thought: is that all you hate about this place? This must be the ugliest library on the planet! The bumpy stucco style concrete, the smooshed one-level late 70's look. The aggressive geometry- triangular support beams thrusting out between each one of the polarized windows. You can't see in. And once in you wouldn't want to look out to see the hideous yellow tinged view of the parking lot. A parking lot that is six times larger than the library. The walls inside are covered in fake cork made out of rubber and the carpet is a stale turmeric color.

    It was not all they hated about the place. The staff- a small tight wound clique with dated haircuts (1983 must have been a very good year) put out a complaints box right by the double doors because like all cliques they relish complaints.

    Shortly after that, a proposal was placed next to the box: 'The smallest library in the county system would like to move to a business park so that they can enlarge their reputation as well as the extensive collection of dick flicks.' (It's true, try and find a non-war-non-super-hero-action-non-dumb-blonde-stereotype-and-car-crashing-end-of-the-world-hit and you will be forced to check out a musical.)

    And the tight-wadded residents say: "Well, only if we have to."

    Today I went to the library and from the moment I entered I smelled urine. I went to the shady secluded periodicals section and the smell grew louder. I could smell how it seeped into the carpet and was creating a chemical reaction with the rubber mat beneath the carpet.

    And I guess that's the counter action our library staff has decided to take. Like a cat that feels ignored.

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