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Posted on: March 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] West Orange Public Library Closes to the Public through 3/29

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Important Message from West Orange Public Library Director Dave Cubie

 After consulting with Board President Mingin this morning we decided that it would be in the best interest of the public and the library staff to close the library through March 29th and reassess at that time.  This decision was not made lightly, but we did not think it was ethical to stay open.  The majority of our staff meet the standards for a population at risk and there is no way that we can otherwise enforce social distancing.  Although there are not cases in West Orange and the actual risk may be minimal, the panic among staff when I met with them yesterday afternoon was palpable, many of them also have at risk family members at home as well.  The majority of libraries in BCCLS are closed.  In combination with the school closing we anticipated high traffic as a result from our children and the populations of neighboring communities as well.   We felt that this created an unacceptable risk for the staff and public at this time.  

Our doors will be closed but the staff will be onsite M-F 9 AM - 5:30 PM and will be available to answer questions via telephone (973-736-0198), email (ref@westorangelibrary.org), and social media

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