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Round Lake Library board & director resign

Posted at: 06/12/2013 12:20 AM
Updated at: 06/13/2013 9:40 AM
By: Kumi Tucker

Round Lake Library Executive Director Carol Sheffer has resigned. The village was in an uproar after she fired a librarian who closed early during a tornado warning.
Round Lake Library Executive Director Carol Sheffer has resigned. The village was in an uproar after she fired a librarian who closed early during a tornado warning.
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The board of the Roud Lake Library resigned after a public meeting were residents called for a fired librarian to get her job back.
The board of the Roud Lake Library resigned after a public meeting were residents called for a fired librarian to get her job back.
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A large number of people attended a meeting of the Round Lake Library's board of directors to voice their support for a librarian who was fired for closing early during a tornado warning.
A large number of people attended a meeting of the Round Lake Library's board of directors to voice their support for a librarian who was fired for closing early during a tornado warning.
Photo: WNYT

ROUND LAKE –  It has been twenty-four hours of startling developments in the small village of Round Lake, where many residents are upset after the long-time librarian was fired for closing the library early because of a tornado threat.

After the library board heard from an angry crowd Tuesday night, all the board members resigned. That was followed by the resignation of the library director. Now, the group that runs the library has to figure out what to do next.

Residents ready to voice their outrage packed the Round Lake Village Hall for the library board meeting last night. It was a big show of support for fired librarian Theresa Marchione, who was not there.

WRLIS, the Women's Round Lake Improvement Society runs the library, and its members also called for the resignation of the library director who fired Marchione.

After the meeting Tuesday night, all eight current board members stepped down.

This is the statement from board members on their resignations:

"We were in the process of an investigation to come to a resolution that would be appropriate for both employees.

Our deliberations were interrupted by personal attacks to family, children, grandchildren, pets and property. Our staff and their families have also been threatened.

We no longer feel that we can be effective as a Board and we therefore tender our resignations effective immediately."

Then the next day, according to WRLIS members, Library Director Carol Sheffer resigned.

"That's the first classy thing that I think this process has resulted in," said Bob Sweet, resident and library volunteer. "I think she recognizes that the library will be harmed by what is going on and chose not to participate in that, so I'm delighted."

At the moment, there is no board or director running the library, and Marchione is still out.

"The important thing now is the library and the important thing now is to get a valued employee who has been instrumental in the success of this library back to work," said Sweet.

WRLIS is having an emergency meeting tonight at the Village Hall at seven o'clock, possibly to elect new board members who the group hopes will then reinstate Marchione.