July 6, 2004

Librarians with laquer...and paint thinner

A cantankerous (I love that word) odor wafted throughout the library today. The head librarian, and I quote, said, "My tongue is burning."

I didn't know that people's tongues could burn at unpleasant smells.

Anyway, she knew something was up the moment she opened the door this morning.

I arrived at the library around 5:30 and the smell continued to waft, the waftability of the smell spurred Carole, of the burning tongue variety, to turn on the fans, thus circulating the infected air a little more rapidly.

Then she came out from the back room and what to our wondering eyes should appear, but 6 leaking bottles of paint thinner and laquer, oh dear.

I don't even know what paint thinner and laquer are doing at the library. I guess they used these substances to hold the books together or....why not ask someone?

Okay, Barb (another librarian) said that they are for preserving the books in a cheaper manner than plastic coverings.

So, I guess when the libraries finally got funding a few decades ago, the paint thinner was scrapped, or thrown in a backroom to eat away at the cans and then the cabinets in which they are stored, and perhaps, catch fire.

No, the library didn't burst into flames, but we do lots of demonstrations, including some with other flammable substances. If anyone would have made one of those volcano paper-mache du-flickers and lit it, the MP library may have been a nice place to make smores.

Onto the real reason behind this entry. Is there? Oh yes. The smell. While cleaning up the gooey mess, we all got a little, um, well--you know. We shut the cabinet several times to ward off the smell, but...

And I know what you are saying to yourself, dear readers. Librarians getting high? Unheard of.

Well, not today. And I was the only one under 40.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at July 6, 2004 7:32 PM
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Update: the paint thinner and laquer have not been disposed of yet. I was sent out to check it, and the garbage can still held the rusting cans.

Posted by: Amanda at July 8, 2004 8:26 PM
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