Feathery versus crisp page edges were far from my mind earlier this afternoon as I stopped at the library on my way home from school. The announcement had come earlier in the day from district officials: schools will be closed next week and the following (which is already on the calendar as spring break). After that period, we'll see where the world stands, if school reconvenes or extends the leave into uncharted territories of remote learning.
Clearly, I needed to visit the library to fortify myself for being shut in; happily, it was still open when I arrived. The PA announcement that libraries, too, would be going on their own two-week hiatus occurred while I was in mid-browse. I had half an hour to check out as much as I could carry, then clear out. I felt sudden empathy for anyone with armfuls of Charmin.