For residents that receive the Village’s email alerts, an alert was sent out before 8:00 this morning informing residents that the library was closed. After an inquiry to the Village Manager, it was explained that it was the policy of the Library Board of Trustees to close the library whenever the Bedford Central Schools are closed.
In my opinion, this is not a good policy. Comparing the Bedford Central School District with the Mount Kisco Library is a flawed comparison. For instance, some of the Bedford Central School District buildings need to be open at 7:00 am. The Mount Kisco Public Library does not open until 10:00 am. At 10:00 today, the scheduled opening time of the library, it is 40 degrees, it is raining and the roads are clear. Further, the decision to close the schools is based on transporting thousands of children on buses at the opening time. Library patrons come to the library by their own means throughout the day.
A sampling of the surrounding libraries show that more libraries are open than closed. The libraries are open in Chappaqua, Armonk and Yorktown. Somers Library will open on a two hour delay. Libraries in Bedford and Ossining are closed.
There is a greater need for the Mount Kisco Public Library to be open when school is closed and many parents will be looking for the library today. The Mount Kisco Library should be open. The decision to close the library is not up to the Village Manager or Village Board but the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Board of Trustees should reconsider its policy.