Welcome to the KU Post Modern Library – Creative Writing
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Welcome to the KU Post Modern Library

Welcome to the KU Post Modern Library


WELCOME to the KU Post Modern Library, the latest addition to KU’s infrastructural developments. If you’re an early riser, look to the East for sky blue glass through which the morning sun looks like a star from another galaxy. For the late night birds, it’s the only building this side of KICC that glitters with one-thousand-and-one lights – it may well be visible from space to the naked eye.

But please, come closer. Don’t be intimidated by the shining tiles, or the fact that there is so much space you seem to be alone – there’s enough space for all thirty thousand of us. The entry is to the left: Eer, you don’t have a bomb or grenade on you, do you?

Step inside please. Isn’t it nice not to have to rub shoulders with other users with every step you take? You can use the online catalogue from any of the computer stations strategically placed on every floor. If you must take the stairs, then be prepared to walk a mile in any of three directions. But why walk when the building has elevators and escalators?

What’s the difference between elevators and escalators, you ask? Well, to start with, a whole three floors. That means, if you’re going to the first floor, don’t crowd the elevator (a.k.a lift). Please use the escalator (that moving staircase on your left).

Be careful now, there are sockets on the floor for those of you who have your laptops. You may also use the computers in the computer lab or inside the carrels (conditions apply). The seats are so comfortable, and you can have a whole reading room to yourself. All your needs have been catered for. When you have read enough to contribute to a discussion, please use the group discussion rooms: having discussions in the rest room areas may inconvenience other users.

Oh! And if you should decide to check out a book as you reluctantly leave this haven, remember it must have a bar code. Bar coding is a service provided at the service counters on every floor. The checkout counter on the ground floor is just that – a checkout counter. Welcome to post modernity.


©Esther Mbithi, October 2012

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