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UPDATED:Bedbugs Close Miller Memorial Library

Dogs brought in detected bedbugs in several areas; treatment should have them eliminated at Miller by Friday night, branches to be checked Saturday.

 

Updated at 4:15 p.m.:

"The company is hard at work baking the books and doing heat treatments and they are hopeful that the library will be cleared by the end of the day," Leng said. "We will then reinspect over the weekend or on Monday to make sure it is clear.

"Tomorrow [Saturday] the library branches will be inspected and will be treated if necessary," he said. "Progress is going very well and they hope to have the bedbugs eliminated at Miller by tonight."

Original story:

Town officials have confirmed that the Miller Memorial Library is closed Friday and Saturday in order to be treated for bedbugs.

"The library got a call this week from an anonymous patron saying there were bedbugs found in a book they had taken out," Chief Administrative Officer Curt Balzano Leng said. "So the town called a professional company to come in and assess the condition of the library as a precautionary measure and the dogs used to locate bedbugs found a location that needed treatment.

"The treatment used is an intense heat treatment," he said. "We had the company and the dogs review the ret of the library and several areas were found to have a problem. We closed the library today so that the treatments can be conducted today and over the weekend to attempt to rid the library of this problem.

"The Middletown library had a bedbug problem earlier this week," he said. "The town is working with the Quinnipiac Health Department and licensed professionals to address the problem swiftly and completely."

Anyone who has taken books out of the library recently is asked to return them in a zip-lock bag without opening them, Leng said. But it's not yet clear when the library will reopen.

"The town and the library staff are working hard to attack this problem head-on so the library can reopen as soon as possible with this issue addressed in a comprehensive manner," Leng said.

Ted B August 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Yuck. Never heard of bed bugs in a library. I've got a bunch of books I took out a few days ago. I guess it's off to buy zip lock bags.
Pat August 17, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Return the books without opening them. Genius.
Michele Robin August 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
It would have been more appropriate to post this information at the door instead of stating that the closure was due to staffing shortage. Many patrons do not have access to computers and may not know to return the books in a bag.
Don Charles August 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Oh that's great I just took out a bunch of books and several have been read and opened. Now you want us to return them in zip lock bags after they have been opened in our homes. In all the years I have been using the library, never a problem, Now a problem, gee, I wonder where this came from, Hint Hint.
Don Charles August 17, 2012 at 09:09 PM
One other point on this….tell us what areas of the library was infected then we will know if our books came from this area. WHAT THE HELL IS THE BIG SECRET!!!!!!!
Tony August 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
What does hint hint mean? I don't think I get that. I would like to know what areas where infected.
Linda August 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I agree Michele. A friend called to tell me about the bed bug story. I had just come back from dropping a book off in the drop box! I had the book for 2 weeks and didn't find anything, thank goodness, but I would have put the returned book in a sealed plastic bag anyway had I known. I don't know why they put a bogus sign when it ended up being on the news anyway. Everything does. I canceled the next book I had on hold. I won't be going back there any time soon! It's so scary. Bed bugs can be found nearly anywhere these days - movie theaters, office buildings. Yuck!
Don Charles August 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Tony what I meant by hint hint is that people are allowed to give books to the library at the beginning of every month. These books are placed next to the elevator on the main level. Several times I have been there when these books were piled there and some of them look like they came from a garbage dump. I recently have noticed that books are not as clean as they used to be, several I have taken out, I notice, when i opened them at home were filthy with food stuck to pages and other filth. I know it's difficult to control but when books are returned and entered into the computer why not just fan the pages and pull out tiose that are not fit for reading and renting. I also would like to know exactly which section the bugs were found, the newspaper today says in the lower level fiction and also in selected other levels. This tells us nothing. Could it be in the lower level paperback areas, now here is an area that needs a complete overhaul and many of these books need to be taken to the dump.
Anna August 18, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I totally agree with you. I also showed up on Friday only to read the bogus "staff shortage" sign. The library needs a complete overhaul including some of the staff at the front desk!

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