How to get rid of the smell of the salad greens in your neighborhood library
It’s the smell that you’re used to, the smell you’re accustomed to, when you go to pick up your groceries.
But what you might not be accustomed to is the smell emanating from your favorite library.
The smell of salad greens.
The taste of lettuce.
The texture of the lettuce.
It’s like the smell is coming from somewhere and you can’t figure out where.
And, in the past few weeks, that smell has been coming from a library in the Greene County Library District in Kentucky.
According to local news outlets, library staff noticed a sudden change in the smell coming from the facility.
It started on the day of the National Day of Service, when the facility was closed and the library was empty, and it continued through the night.
It started out with a small, localized odor coming from some of the refrigerators, but over the course of the night it became a thick, pervasive, overpowering odor, according to The Courier-Journal.
Libraries across the country have faced similar smells before.
A report from The New York Times said in 2010, a library had to close because of a similar smell coming out of the building, but that it was more common than many people thought.
And, in 2013, a smell at a New York City public library caused so much confusion that it led to the closure of the library, a city spokesperson told The Washington Post at the time.
And it wasn’t just libraries that were experiencing a change in smell.
Last year, a man died from a gastrointestinal illness after going to the library and smelling salad greens on his stomach, according the New York Post.
The smell in the library is a problem, says Greene County Libraries Director Brian Ritchie, who is also the owner of the Greeneville, Kentucky, branch.
He says the smell isn’t unusual, but he doesn’t know why.
He says the library has been able to control it.
The smells in the libraries that have been identified have all come from the refrigerated areas, he says.
“There’s no reason that they wouldn’t be able to do something about it,” Ritchie says.
He is hoping the library will hire a contractor to do a better job at controlling the smell.
If you have a question about the smell in your local library, you can email the Courier-Journals library reporter, Dan Kress, or leave a comment in the form below.