No Smoking on Library Grounds

It’s a shame that the library is not able or willing to enforce its “No Smoking on Library Grounds” rule. Exiting patrons are often forced into a cloud of smoke, not to mention the litter of discarded cigarette butts. One Tuesday there were three smokers sitting on the steps, blocking the entrance.

I can certainly appreciate your frustration with having to walk through smoke to visit the library. Smokers are spoken to and moved outside the iron fences whenever staff encounter smokers there. “Smokers outposts” or ashtrays are available at the edges of the grounds as well as signs to let smokers know to properly dispose of the butts there. You can help us enforce our policy by letting staff know as soon as you encounter smokers on the library grounds. That way we can address it directly at the time that it is occurring.

Sincerely,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net
10/18/2011

No Smoking

I am asking that smoking be prohibited near the building. Most places you have to be 100 feet away from a building. I get side affects from the smell and its in my clothes and mouth.

Thank you for your concern. Smoking is actually prohibited on all library grounds and signs are posted to this effect. “Smoker’s outposts” or ashtrays are provided at the edges of the property to encourage smokers to put out those cigarettes. If you see inappropriate behavior of any kind occurring at the library, please inform a staff member while it’s happening and we’ll try to address the situation as it is occurring.

Kind regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net
10/1/09

Children’s Room Doors

Please consider closing the Children’s Library doors for the safety of the Children.

Thank You,
Worried Parent

Dear Worried Parent,

The library staff also worries about the safety of the children in the library. One reason the doors usually remain open is so that everyone feels welcome to visit the Children’s area. For the convenience of parents with strollers, open doors certainly make entering easier for them.

The Children’s staff has, on rare occasion and by request, closed doors for the duration of a family’s visit. This is usually for a family with multiple children, one of whom just learned the fun game of: run!

While the library staff wants to be sure that everyone visiting the library does so safely, it is actually is the responsibility of the accompanying adults to ensure the safe and appropriate behavior of their children in the library. Children under 9 years old should never be in the library unattended and although children 9 and up can be left in the library to complete homework or read, they should always know how to reach their adult.

Best Regards,
Deb Fasulo
Assistant Library Director

dfasulo@minlib.net
4/1/09

Kids’ Safety


I like that the Children’s Department does such a good job looking after kids so that they won’t get hurt.

12/5/08

Thanks for noticing! While the library staff wants to be sure that everyone visiting the library does so safely, it is actually is the responsibility of the accompanying adults to ensure the safe and appropriate behavior of their children in the library. Children under 9 years old should never be in the library unattended and although children 9 and up can be left in the library to complete homework or read, they should always know how to reach their adult.

Sincerely,
Deb Fasulo, Asst. Director

dfasulo@minlib.net