Anonymous sources inform me that all the computers at the Seattle Public Library branch in Ballard are down. The whole network was apparently crippled by intruders who have vandalized the library and damaged the information technology infrastructure that serves as the very lifeblood of the local institution.
To wit: Slog tippers inside the building confide that mice "got through a panel and chewed through some wires." How do they know it was mice? "We actually found a dead mouse down in the vent," my source says. "We think there's a hole in the wall" that the mice are using as to gain access to—and egress from—the building.
What's next for the Ballard branch of the library? Can they ever recover from such a debilitating attack? Will this temple of knowledge fall at the tiny, adorable paws of chaos? Will the whole building have to be firebombed so that we can start anew? What of the future of literacy? The mice did not immediately return my calls for comment. "We're going to get an exterminator in here and solve the problem," my source says. When will your computers be back online? "We're hoping to be up tomorrow."