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The girl's about seven years old. She's holding hands with her brother, who's a couple years younger. They're following their father out of the video section of the Sulzer library.

"Please, please," the girl calls out as they walk along a wall of books.

The father continues toward the exit. He has a couple of videos in hand and the look of a man who'd like to get home. The kids aren't in any hurry.

"Please, please," the girl says again.

The father stops and turns around. "No, I'm not getting you a book," he says in a voice that leaves no room for discussion. "You just want one 'cause it's something different."

He grabs her arm and leads her past the books, past the security guard, and out to Lincoln Avenue.

--J.C.

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