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04:11 pm: hollow tree snowed-in day
I am thoroughly and happily snowed in. I still have electricity, so I am watching every episode of Would I Lie To You in which Miranda Hart appears. Miranda Hart is an excellent liar, you guys.

I was considering going to the library to return Raising Stony Mayhall, which is due today. It is 2.2 miles there and back, perfect length for a dogwalk when you're not wading through snow the whole way. I have some tall snow boots that used to be my daughter's, that are all right for taking out the trash, but I don't think I want to walk two miles in them.

I used to love going to the library with my dog. I'd clip him to an unoccupied bench, or a bike rack if all the benches were full, and give him a Greenie. I worried a little about someone bothering him while I was inside, because he is so very pretty and shy, but it is all self-serve now and doesn't take more than a minute to drop off returns, pick up holds, and check them out on one of the many machines. Then one day a security guard told me that that was not allowed. He said that Fort Collins police consider an unattended dog to be a loose dog, even if it is leashed to something. I don't think a police officer or Animal Control is likely to show up in the minute that I am inside, but the prospect of being hassled by security is unpleasant enough that I don't do that very often anymore.

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From:randomdreams
Date:December 27th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
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Phoo. That's lousy on their part.
Our local library has a drop that's accessible from outside, that'd work well for your situation, but it's only open when the library isn't. If the library's open they want you to go in and put it in the inside robotic drop.

Did you see that recent article about people pushing the envelope of what constitutes a service animal? including someone going into public places with a comfort alpaca?
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From:boxofdelights
Date:December 27th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
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it's only open when the library isn't

Why on earth??? Maybe the outside book drop just doesn't have enough space to accumulate a day's worth of books?

My local had a big remodel recently. Now the returns room has a robotic drop outside and another inside, that check the books (et al) in and deliver them to the clerks who inspect and sort them. There's also still a book drop bin outside, for when the robot is not working. So I can return books with Aiko, but have to think about whether to pick books up.

I haven't seen that article. I have considered walking in with him and claiming that he is my emotional support animal if challenged, but I don't want to make things worse for the people who have a real need.

I have also considered trying to get the library to permit a five-minute dog parking area, since the city claims to be interested in encouraging less driving.
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From:randomdreams
Date:December 27th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
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I love the idea of a dog-parking area.
Ours is set up the same. Probably the same robotic check-in machine. They can only infeed from one source, and the infeed source is inside during business hours.
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From:lookfar
Date:December 27th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Sounds lovely! As long as you have books, and heat, and something to eat it's nice to be stuck in the house.
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