Submission orginally receieve on 10/11/2013:
The library should have an unarmed security guard (20 hours per week) who covers the lobby and outside the front door. Perhaps about 2 hours before closing time yesterday I noticed a possible harassment of a youth who was leaving the library at about 8:30 p.m. The part-time security guard, in my opinion, should be hired immediately. The guard being there would help a situation like that. Thanks.
Thank you for the suggestion. This is a relatively rare situation, but we take it seriously. If there is ever a threat to a patron or a staff member, the library staff always has the option to call the Clarkstown police, who are a few blocks away. Also the library will review its security procedures to see what steps can be taken to ensure the safety and security of all users and staff. Because there have been so few instances of harassment or whatever untoward or threatening behavior it does not justify the expense of an unarmed security guard at this time.