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Officials at the Monroe County Public Library say although syringes are sometimes found in the plumbing system, the library remains a safe space.
Director of the Monroe County Public Library Marilyn Wood says needles are found roughly about once a month. She says although the issue isn’t occurring at an alarming rate, it is troublesome.
“We know that we have an opioid issue in our community and we are one of those public places that see it as well as others, particularly in the downtown area,” Wood says.
Wood says officials at the library have voiced their concerns to the city. She also says police and resource officers are quick to respond to any problematic incidents at the library.
She says syringes don’t typically cause severe plumbing issues, but other objects do. This week, someone stuffed a t-shirt down the toilet resulting in a back-up.
“A couple of years ago it was a sweatshirt,” Woods says. “So, those are the kinds of things that move along and then get stuck and sometimes we can’t get them out and we have to call in the plumbers.”
Wood says everyone should feel welcome at the library.
“I believe that these are the kinds of things that happen in all public places and we are one of those places, but the library is a very safe place and everyone should feel very welcome and safe while they’re here,” she says.