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Letter: Re: Cars Parked in Library Lot

(Editor’s Note:  In an Aug. 5 Letter to the Editor, Theodore Theodorsen requested that Marian P. Robertson, library director, respond to his letter in an upcoming issue of the Manhasset Press. Ms. Robertson responded immediately with a letter to the paper dated Aug. 9. Due to vacation schedules her letter did not appear in a timely manner. We apologize. Marion Robertson’s letter to Theodore Theodorsen is printed below.)

Thank you for your alert concerning the number of cars in the library’s parking lot.  I do not know what days you were here nor at what times but I can assure you that this library is a very busy place and it isn’t easy to count every person who is present.  If you had stopped in my office I would have been pleased to talk with you.

I understand that you are concerned that our lot is being used by commuters, but we have a custodian who is extremely vigilant.   A car that arouses suspicion has its license plate announced over our PA system.  If a patron claims it, nothing further is done.  If not, that car is ticketed with a warning and the license plate is recorded on a log.  A second occurrence will generate a call to the towing company and the car will be removed, for the violator to redeem at the tow-away lot.

Also, please note that our bus excursions always leave from, with permission having been granted by, Christopher Morley Park, so that the library’s lot is not impacted.

Our entire staff has noticed that the library has been extremely busy during many days this summer.  Every seat is taken: in the study rooms, the TeenZone, the café, the children’s room, the computer lab, all the tables and every comfortable chair.  We’ve also heard from patrons who couldn’t find a parking space but that’s because other patrons had filled them.

The next time you’re in our library I’d be pleased to talk with you.

Marian P. Robertson

Library Director