As the snow came down this morning, my children, especially those with mid-terms at Fox Lane High School, were hoping for a snow day. It reminded me of my December 9 post on the Mount Kisco Library’s snow day policy. According to the policy, the library is closed whenever the Bedford Central School District closes for inclement weather. It was my position that 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. 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.
The then-President of the Mount Kisco Library Board of Trustees, Philip F. Menna, disagreed with my opinion and posted the following comment:
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.
I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Menna but I disagree with his comment. First, the comment does not address why the library’s closure should be linked to the BCSD because of the differences that I noted. Mount Kisco Village Hall and all Mount Kisco government services were opened that day. Wouldn’t it be better to close the library on days when the Village Manager closes Village Hall? Mr. Menna’s letter also does not address that Mount Kisco residents need the library more when there is a school closure as parent’s will more likely go to the library for children’s books and movies on a day the school is closed. I hope the current library board will revisit this policy.