No more books. No new ones anyway. We put down the review magazines and catalogs and start turning away the donations. Everyone gets told to move everything to another branch, to return items to another place because the one that is standing, has been standing for years, will be no more.
Staff gets diverted to other parts of the library. For some it is a relief. You would not know how much fun and horrible it is at times to buy books. Like shopping, then the job is great and fun and all the things a book lover could want. But for some, shopping for thousands of people is a nightmare.
What if you waste the money the taxpayers, your patrons, have given to you? That's why we call them patrons, after all. They give us the money to support their book habits, their internet junkie requirements, their places to meet and greet and be fed the knowledge of the ages. Nobody thinks about that when they get to library school. Hell, most of us don't even get a basic budget class. But the power and control and the weight is awesome and sucks at times.
But that's all over. Because there's nothing to acquisition for empty shelves on the last day at the library.
Welcome to the Banned Library, all those coming from the A to Z Challenge! For those of you not familiar or who just don't want to click that link, the A to Z Challenge is a blogging competition between blogger and self to post one entry a day during April based on the letter of the alphabet. Starting April 1st and continuing throughout the month (skipping Sundays), one entry a day will be devoted to this challenge. As the Banned Library often posts several entries a day, we have decided to turn this over to our fiction department. Our challenge will be a series called "Last Day at the Library," chronicling the things and people that will be over when a public library closes. We hope you enjoy it and be sure to check out the many, many other blogs associated with the A to Z Challenge.