Infections and bacteria and the spread of all things icky and gross, be they biological or digital. The library contributed and helped to push on the agents, with little intentions.
Disease came into the library on books and hands and feet. We dropped it with cleaners and rubber gloves. We handed out sanitizer and watched one of you cover your child with it, head to toe. We blocked websites that scared us, made us worry and torrents and programs were never installed. Our environment was a focus for airborne menace in gas and wifi.
And here is spread. On hands and books and DVDs and in one boy's case the taste of the surface of the circulation desk. "Please do not lick the library" was never a sign we put up. No matter what sign we put up, what preventative measure was in place, viruses and bacteria ran the library on the cold days when the bundled masses came. Not even exchanging the paper towels for blow dryers could handle that.
Computer labs became perceived plague centers. One lady wore a mask which kept out viruses, both biological and electronic, or so the infomercial claimed. No one wanted to sit beside the cougher, the sneezer, the diseased man or woman or child whose immune system had failed them. A bottle of antiseptic spray ruined many keyboards.
The cesspool closed. The library, the place for congregation of germs old and new has closed. The spread of disease will have to remain constant in movie theaters and schools 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 end when a 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.