I cannot be the only Everett Library patron experiencing the following difficulty during regular hours of business. I drive toward the main entrance to return library materials at the convenient drop-off chutes. Oh dang, the two designated “Book Drop Only” spots at the curb are occupied. Hmmm, those vehicles appear to be devoid of driver or passenger. Never mind, I’ll circle the block and give the invisible book-returners some time to reappear. Nope, still no sign. Well, I used to play the round-and-round-and-round game, but have learned that it is futile. Why? Because these cars belong to readers, browsers, and researchers, not to folks pushing the envelope by hustling inside to check out their newly reserved copy of James Patterson’s latest thriller. So either I dare to wedge myself diagonally into the few feet of space left and hang my rear end out in traffic, or I simply give up. Just as with rush hour traffic, the problem dissolves once everyone has gone home.
I have a couple of suggestions for addressing and dissolving this annoying problem, however. Task the on-duty security officer with checking outside parking irregularities on a regular basis and then announce them over the intercom system inside the library. Post signage at the entrance alerting patrons that abuse of the drop-off area is a no-no, and may result in towing of their vehicles. There is always ample parking for library users in the covered tiers at the west end of the facility. A little walking is involved, but really — how likely is it that your library dedicated main entrance 90-minute parking just for you?