I looked at my watch and determined that I might have just enough time to make it.
I peeled out of my comfy PJs (yep, still in PJs at 5:40) and slapped on a pair of sweats and a shirt.
I reached in my pocket, no keys! I decided there wasn't enough time to search for them, so I grabbed the spare from the drawer and dashed out the door.
No traffic until I reached the top of the hill where I had to wait for folks coming home from work before I could turn right. Then left, another right, then left again, then right into the parking lot.
With ten minutes to spare, I marched into the building . . .
And I walked out four minutes before closing time! Mission accomplished!
A serious closing time because these are the words I saw on our library site at 5:40 pm today: "Effective at 6pm today, Friday, March 13, the King County Library System (KCLS) will close all library locations to the public. These closures will remain in effect until at least April 13, or further notice, to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)."
Actually, my daughter mentioned this closure to me yesterday, but somehow I had forgotten. While I have plenty of books at home, there were a few books on the holds shelf at the library that I might want to read during the next month. And that's the reason I made a mad dash to the library, my only foray outside the house today. (FYI: I also spent 2 1/2 hours on hold with the airlines before I chatted with a real person to cancel two upcoming trips and finished a book for my virtual book club that meets with two friends who moved away.)
Motivation for today's mad dash:Hill Women - a recommendation from Linda Baie, fellow book lover and blogger
indistractable - I've had a long wait for this title
Dasher - still picking up Christmas titles that I requested in December (nothing like a bit of Christmas cheer to break up the Coronavirus doldrums)
The Least Cricket of Evening - not sure how I came by this one, but it's a book of essays
The Girl with Seven Names - our book club pick for April
All books are checked out until April 30th and any books currently checked out are automatically moved to this due date. The thought of the library being closed fills me with sadness.