Bad news today from the Southern Pines Public Library. They're rejecting our request and saying we had a library card in the first place only because a staff member made a mistake.
Their reasoning: According to a town ordinance, only individuals may have library cards, and the property we are "seeking to rely on ... is owned not by an individual, but by a limited liability company. A limited liability company is not an individual, and therefore does not qualify for a card, and the individuals who own an interest in the entity that owns the property are not themselves the owners of the property."
The letter had the definite tone of a dead-end road, so now I'm going to make my case to the town, starting with the town manager. I moved dirt with him back in September so maybe he'll at least give me a hearing. I don't know how easy it is to have a town ordinance changed, though.
Meanwhile we're using the county library system, which is OK, if that. None of the branches are that close to us and all of them are about the size of our living room, but it's better than nothing. It's free, anyway.