Turning public libraries into homeless hangouts was one of those great ideas that progressives came up with to wreck the institutions that they claim to care about. Ever since crazy people hanging out at libraries have become a problem along with the ongoing violence, crazy behavior and drug use.
Here’s your library card. And your meth.
The Boulder Public Library, already closed since before Christmas following the evaluation of two staff members for exposure to methamphetamine that was reportedly being smoked in the building’s restrooms, will not open as originally planned Tuesday.
The City of Boulder announced a gradual reopening of the library to begin Wednesday. The facility is not scheduled to return to normal capacity for the public until Jan. 9. That date is tentative.
Wednesday, citizens will only be allowed to pick up materials that have been placed on hold. No members of the public will be allowed beyond the main entrance.
The building was closed the same day initial testing of public restroom vents “showed levels well above state thresholds for methamphetamine contamination,” according to the city’s press release. The decision to conduct those tests came after two employees fell ill. Both of those staffers were medically cleared for potential meth exposure, per the city.
How does a public library become so contaminated that employees get sick and it takes weeks to clean up?
A reviewer noted, “This library is filled with homeless. It stinks the moment you walk in.”
It’s not as if nobody noticed that this was going on, but nothing could be done about it because that would be intolerant. Not until people actually got sick.
And this was also happening in public areas.
Per the contractor’s report, the public restrooms contained the highest levels of contamination, the city stated. A small number of other “discrete” areas also some degree of contamination, too – namely, a heavily seating area with booths and fixed tables along the first floor’s west wall.
What are the risks to kids? What about the plan for preventing it in the future? Best not to ask.
“Methamphetamine use has dramatically increased as a challenge over the past few years in communities across the nation, including Boulder County,” stated Acting Director of Boulder County Public Health Lexi Nolen in the press release. “Boulder County Public Health is committed to continued partnership with the City of Boulder and others to identify and implement solutions that both protect the community and provide support to those needing help.”
The solution would be to enforce drug laws and keep junkies out of public libraries, or at least prevent them from smoking meth by the premises by, I don’t know, calling the cops.
Progress on that front has been very incremental.
In January 2021, the city cleared away one of its largest homeless encampments near the downtown Boulder Public Library in part due to concerns about its proximity to a playground. The city then built a skatepark at the once-popular sleeping are
After 9/11, the Boulder Library became infamous for refusing to hang American flags while hanging “other” things up. A few years ago it was promoting its desire to be involved in the homeless situation.
On the basis of the demographic analysis of this report and on the vision of the future of the public library, we believe that the Boulder Public Library is well positioned to advance its service to core customers as well as to strategically address the identified areas that are critical challenges. Specifically:
To work with the homeless services to develop creative and innovative strategies for impactful outcomes.
I’d say that the creative and innovative impact has been achieved.