Letter: Suggests changes to make popular book sales safer

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I love our library book sale and enjoy supporting my library. However, each month I see a huge safety hazard the Hudson Fire Department would recognize as a major code violation -- the 9 a.m. crowd of people is way over the room's capacity. At the Nov. 3 sale, a woman wielding three large shoppers bags filled with books lost control of her stash, falling hard against the wall, hitting her head. I couldn't get to her to assist and make certain she didn't have a concussion because her stash of books, which had toppled out around her, prevented anyone from getting to her. Just seven minutes after the doors opened, the lady already had "three bags full." I've thought the problem would have been resolved by now; however, after witnessing this woman's fall, I had to say something before someone is seriously injured. After all the library levies I've supported, I would hate to see our revenue going to pay for someone's injury. Perhaps we can learn from Twinsburg Public Library's solution to these problems. First, please consider moving the book sale to a more spacious area. Second, have it open every day, even if only for a couple of hours. Also, Twinsburg has a free book section outside the book sale room for tomes on the sale shelves too long. Sounds like a wonderful way to keep our community's bibliophiles happy, prevent personal injury, plus meet fire code. Katherine Szerdy, Hudson

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