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Reader: Penrose Library has turned into a homeless shelter

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Enough is enough. I realize Penrose Library is a public library and cannot deny access to any patron. But it's turned into a homeless shelter, and the parking lot a campground. On any day, one can walk into the library but cannot find a place to sit because every chair is occupied by a homeless person. There's now a 4-foot pile of sleeping bags and possessions in the middle of the open area. Carts are lined up outside the doors. They are now allowed to bring food, drinks and pets in. I have no problem with anyone using the library as a library.

When the library closes at night, all the homeless people head out to the parking lot to claim their spots along the building. Patrons cannot even approach the outdoor book drop because of the people sleeping there. The piles of trash outside the doors in the morning are horrendous.

Property taxes pay for the library. I feel all property owners should have a say in how the library facilities are used. This is not one I've authorized.

Library board of directors, where are you? City leaders, where are you? Can we turn Penrose Library back into a library?

— Mary Jo Piccin

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