Snow and Libraries

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Much of the country had snowy and blizzard conditions recently.  Lots of libraries closed.  So begins the ever popular debate, whether to close or stay open.  Personally, I think it is a hard call.  I don’t think libraries should necessarily close because the schools do.  But I do think maybe you should if they are advising no travel.  On the other hand, I am also a firm believer in “libraries as an essential service,” which may mean serving as a shelter for folks in a snow emergency.

A library in Connecticut regrets their “essential service” status, in the light of the recent blizzard.  What do you think?

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3 Responses to Snow and Libraries

  1. Suzann says:

    When it comes to closing if travel is not advised, I wind up looking at the staff scheduled. If everyone lives in town, I’m much more likely to stay open. With staff members coming from out of town, I also have to consider the probable conditions at the end of their shift. It’s always a tough call. I’m willing to bet we’ve all experienced making the wrong call — I know I have!


  2. I believe you have the right idea with the no travel days. Just in my personal,humble opinion


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