SMOKE WOES: Seattle Public Library cancels curbside service for today

Thanks for the tip! Melissa just pointed out that one casualty of today’s smoky air is Seattle Public Library‘s curbside service. SPL tweeted: “Due to poor air quality, the Library is unable to provide Curbside Service today and appointments should be rescheduled. Some locations are still offering restroom access and book returns. Please contact the Library before visiting.”

11 Replies to "SMOKE WOES: Seattle Public Library cancels curbside service for today"

  • anonyme September 8, 2020 (4:15 pm)

    Why are libraries providing restroom access when they are not otherwise open?  If libraries are being run as public toilets, that creates a public health and safety issue that is also completely inappropriate for this type of facility.

    • WSB September 8, 2020 (4:20 pm)

      Some libraries. None in West Seattle.

    • Roberto September 8, 2020 (4:49 pm)

      Because not everyone has access to a toilet and it sure beats people using the streets and alleys as bathrooms more so than they already are. Also, wouldn’t it make more sense for people in need of a bathroom to use one that gets cleaned regularly instead of a less clean alternative where covid could spread even more, increasing the public’s risk?

    • DH September 8, 2020 (5:16 pm)

      Another good question to ask the mayor. 

    • Ryan Packer September 8, 2020 (5:36 pm)

      Because Seattle is severely lacking in public restroom access. It’s not only appropriate but needs to be expanded.

    • LAintheJunction September 8, 2020 (6:02 pm)

      People rely on public toilets when they are out and about running errands, especially when kids are involved. I know I do, I walk many miles every day and have been saved by libraries many times. Libraries provide a wide variety of public services, not just books – computers, job help, research, story time, and yes, bathrooms.And if this is code for I don’t like unhoused people in my neighborhood, and the alternative is people who have to go using bushes and sidewalks, then how is that less of a public health hazarded than using a library bathroom? Besides, libraries are for homeless people too. It’s in the name: Seattle PUBLIC Library. As in, all of us.

      • Joseph September 8, 2020 (8:44 pm)

        Libraries are closed for 12 to 14 hours every night under normal operating conditions. They are also closed for holidays. They don’t exist simply so people can relieve themselves. The branches that have open and staffed restrooms aren’t doing so for busy shoppers and people on the go. They are doing so to serve the homeless community.

    • crows knows September 9, 2020 (6:41 am)

      A lack of adequate facilities for all who need them creates a public health and safety issue. Repurposing buildings and facilities that aren’t otherwise being used right now to meet the needs of the community is both smart and the right thing to do.

      Also, and sorry for the crassness, but all butts are gross… even yours.

  • Mamasuze September 8, 2020 (5:43 pm)

    Really? It’s smokey, therefore you can’t step outdoors?  

    • Matt P September 8, 2020 (7:27 pm)

      Sure you can, but you shouldn’t if you don’t have to.  Same with the virus.

    • Anne September 9, 2020 (7:55 am)

      MAMUSE:You know it’s possible that  some library employees might have a respiratory issue -oh say -like asthma -that would be triggered or exacerbated by the smoke-even if briefly exposed. How many times would they be running outside? Bottom line-better to keep employees safe -you really don’t have to have health issue to know breathing this air isn’t good. 

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