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Syntic wrote: »
For a second I thought that the joke was that starting a library was a fairly tame thing, but then I see the look of terror in the last panel and I realize... starting a library could be a nearly impossible thing what with most the kids just doing what they want. "Oh hey this book's paper would do as toilet paper" or the like.
And while the library starts off as just a shelf of books we've seen that the library has a few more books than a single crate. This suggests that while the first crate might have been a lucky find, that he's been actively seeking out other books to expand the library. Getting to crates before others, making trades with the people that find the book crates before him, and in general keeping a monopoly on books.