If you would’ve gone to the Smyrna Public Library yesterday and tried to check out a cake pan shaped like Elsa from “Frozen,” the people in line behind you would’ve thought you’d lost your marbles.
But if you go and do that today, or any day in the foreseeable future, it would be completely normal.
That’s because Georgia’s oldest city-operated library recently purchased a collection of 27 cake pans, muffin and doughnut tins that any Smyrna library card-holder can rent. Just head over to the audiovisual shelving area in the first floor reading room — because really, where else are they going to go — and peruse. You could find one shaped like Darth Vader, or Hello Kitty, or a heart, or whatever.
Now, the important part...
How to not anger a librarian by incorrectly handling your borrowed baking pan:
- One pan per card can be borrowed at a time.
- Checkout is for one week, with a one-week renewal.
- It’s 20 cents a day for overdue charges. Don’t be stingy; other people need to make football-shaped cakes for Falcons parties too.
- “Before and after usage, wash the cake pan in warm, soapy water and dry it thoroughly.” There’s a $2 fee if it’s not returned clean. Which seems fair — you probably had to pay more for returning an unwound VHS in the Blockbuster-era.
- “Please return your cake pan to the circulation desk on the first floor. Please do not put the cake pan in the book drop.” Also fair.
And while you’re there, feel free to rent another thing that’s not a book. The branch’s jigsaw collection has puzzles with 24 to 1,000 pieces.
Bonus: No fee for not washing them with soap before returning.
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