The good news: Tolleson Public Library has a new floor.
The bad news: Bedbugs.
The two are closely related.
On Sept. 17, bedbugs were discovered at the library.
“One chair in the library was determined to have bedbugs,” said Pilar Sinawi, spokeswoman for Tolleson.
“The furniture in the area was removed and the entire library was professionally inspected and spot treated.”
The infestation was not bad enough to close the library, but Tolleson decided to be proactive and shut down the book hut for a week.
“As per the professional pest control company, the treatment did not require closure of the library because the incident was isolated to a single chair,” said Sinawi.
“It was decided to remove the carpet as a precautionary maintenance measure and the removal of the carpet and installation of the vinyl flooring is what caused the closure.”
The library re-opened on Sept. 27. So the regularly scheduled and always welcomed bookworms have returned.
Sinawi said that, henceforward, “the city is planning on conducting regularly scheduled canine inspections.”
You read that right: canine inspections. Dogs can sniff out bedbugs and their eggs.
Books and dogs, of course, were famously tied together by the great Groucho Marx, who noted:
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
“Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”