The Westport Library’s 2 drop boxes — including this one, still bearing the scars of a 2009 drunken driving attack —
— bear these words:
To report problems with Library book drops after hours contact the Westport police non-emergency number: 203-341-6000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 203-341-6000 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
That notice has long been one of Westport’s little mysteries to me.
The other day I asked director Maxine Bleiweis about it.
“It’s a national problem — not just Westport,” she says. “You wouldn’t believe how crazy people get when the drop box is full. They don’t know what to do, or who to call.”
Off the top of my head — just like that! — I thought of 2 ways to handle such a crisis.
- Call the library.
- Return the next day.
Later, I came up with a third response:
- Turn in your library card. You are obviously not bright enough to be trusted with books.