Arkansas State University Library Has a Bit of a Racoon Problem…

By November 6, 2019 Libraries, News

While we know that books are primarily designed for, and loved, by humans, it seems certain members of the animal kingdom also enjoy a good read now and then. A pair of raccoons were recently spotted browsing the Arkansas State University by alumnus and math tutor, Codie Clark, who managed to catch the two intruders on video.

As reported by the Associated Press, the school’s facilities management team was able to humanely trap and release the troublemakers, though we don’t know if they managed to find the book they were looking for! As Bill Smith, the school’s associate vice chancellor for marketing and communications, said to KAIT-TV, the heavy amount of rain may have prompted the raccoons to find drier shelter in the library. “They weren’t just looking for higher ground,” he joked, “they were looking for higher learning.”

The video quickly went viral on social media and a number of users on Twitter commented on the humorous story.

While we appreciate that the library can’t afford an invasion of animals, especially animals as mischievous as racoons, we also feel that libraries should be open to all, regardless of whether they walk on two legs or four.

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