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What is the owful odor at the new library?

By Deborah Bair
Posted Sunday, November 7, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Does anyone know what the awful smell is at the new library? I have asked a clerk, but she didn't know. It seems to be getting worse, and after visiting the library yesterday, I fought a headache until the evening. finally got rid of it, and sat down and opened my library book, only to get assaulted by the odor yet again. Apparently the odor has permeated the books.

Whatever it is, it can't possibly be good for either employees or patrons to be inhaling. I have heard several comments on this, as the odor has been present since the opening and has now become almost overpowering when the electronic doors open. It seems to be concentrqated in the foyer now.

Some people have suggested it's some kind of solvent used on the new wood, and I've also heard it may be that the books themselves were fumigated. Does anyone know? I've gotten a headache each time I've visited, but this was the first time it lasted all day, and then to find I'd brought it into my home via the books themselves was a little unsettling. I am concerned about our library employees who have to work in that odor all day, not to mention small children, highly sensitive patrons, etc.

If anyone has a viable solution, maybe we could suggest it to the appropriate management.

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What is the owful odor at the new library?
Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro, NC.

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