Mount Kisco Library Closed Today

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.

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2 Responses to Mount Kisco Library Closed Today

  1. Laura E says:

    I completely agree with you. The day that library was closed is one of the few days it is scheduled to be open late. A delayed opening would have made sense. Thank you for writing on this topic.

  2. Philip F. Menna says:

    I am sorry that you did not agree with the Board’s policy. However, the Board of Trustees feels that it is a sensible approach. The fact that it was 40 degrees at 10:00 AM that day is really looking at it from hindsight. Suppose the temperature did not climb above freezing. Then, the road conditions would have been dangerous and icy, and if someone was injured on the way to the Library then we would have made a mistake in opening. As was stated in the article, Mt Kisco was not the only Library that closed that day.

    Perhaps the criticism, should be directed at the Bedford School District for closing the schools instead of calling a two hour delay. In think that in this case it was the School District that made the wrong call, but I would be the last to fault them. Apparently, they erred on the side of caution, and no one can fault them for that.


    Philip F. Menna
    Board of Trustees
    Mount Kisco Public Library

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