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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coudersport Public Library To Close at 1:30

For the safety of patrons and staff, Coudersport Public Library will close at 1:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) due to inclement weather warnings. 

The Library's Inclement Weather Policy follows that of the Coudersport School District, which has also announced early dismissal plans today.

14 comments :

Anonymous said...

I don't get this at all. Is the library staff transporting student out into rural roads? What's the logic of setting your hours according to a school policy based on transporting kids into the country where road may not be maintained? I have to work and my daughter could walk to the library when the school closes until I can pick her up. Why close the library? It's one place local people can go on these nasty winter days. What's the connection to the school district? Criteria should be different. You get our tax dollars and should be more respectful of the public.

Anonymous said...

the library is not your baby sitter for when school has an early dismissal. Sounds like you need a better child care plan.

Anonymous said...

I see what the person above is getting at. There are reasons for schools to close early or cancel classes because they have to get hundreds of kids to and from school. That should not apply to the town library. If you go to town right now most of the businesses and offices didn't close early so why does the library close based on what the school schedules for the boondocks bus drivers?

Anonymous said...

Librarian doesn't live in town and doesn't even live in Potter County. Pretty convenient to link this into the school policy because that means lots of early dismissals or morning delays.......

Anonymous said...

Just shut the library down for good or hire a new librarian. I wonder if book stores shut down when schools close.

Anonymous said...

The library has closed early before due to weather. Never saw any one complain then.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 4:27. I am glad someone else finally spoke up about this policy being rediculous. Whose lame idea was it to decide this based on what the schools do?

Anonymous said...

This policy was in place long before the currents librarian was here, so even if you don't agree with it, don't place blame on her making it convenient for herself.

Anonymous said...

Not true 4:51. It was just announced last year. Sometimes they had to close but they didn't tie their own hands by some arbitrary policy of hooking it to what the schools do. I thought the same thing as several people commending on here when it was announced last year but I wasn't going to say anything but now I can see I am not alone. To the mother above I guess if you don't have child care because you already sent your kid to school just tell them to stand outside in the snow and cold until you can get off work. If they want they can still go over to the library and stand outside the locked door to at least keep dry.

Anonymous said...

Who cares, kids dont know what books is for anyways

Anonymous said...

I don't understand, 2 other Library were closed also, for the same reason under the same rules. There were no complaints at the other 2, but the people using the Coudersport Library have an absoluteffect fit, same rules, same reasons, why such a difference?

Anonymous said...

Drama..........Drama....... ..

Anonymous said...

You don't get it 11:18. The point is they are basing these decisions on whether bus drivers out in the sticks might have a hard time getting busloads of students to or from school and what does that have to do with a library in the middle of town? Just an excuse for the librarian to not have to work as much. Check with Sheetz and McDonald's and the Coudersport Police and the Boro Office and other places in town and see if they base their operating hours on school bus rural route conditions. Maybe they do and if so I apologize.

Teri L McDowell said...

From the Librarian: The Library's Inclement Weather policy was established three Librarians ago, for what were, and remain, sound and valid reasons. I would be most happy to personally discuss those reasons with you; please stop by the Library and ask for me. We are normally open 65 hours per week, which is 20-30 hours more than any other Library in the area, so finding a convenient time should not present a problem for you.
During your visit, we can also discuss the fact that a Library is not, nor has it ever been, intended to be used as a day care center or a drop-off center. We can also touch upon the hazards of traveling on unsafe roads; perhaps we can look up some statistics which will cause you to consider a bit more deeply your perspective on the question. I can also approach that from a personal standpoint, having previously been one of the parties involved in a double-fatal accident during conditions nearly identical to those which occurred yesterday.
And if during your visit you would like to sign up for a Library card in order to make use of our resources, now or in the future, we will be happy to take care of that for you and assist you in finding the information you need.