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Director Responds To Arrest Of Prostitute On Library Property

Jun 12, 2014 11:11AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Public Library

The following letter was posted by Diane Giarrusso, director of the Tewksbury Public Library, on the Library Facebook Page.

I'm sure you've heard by now that there was an arrest made at the Tewksbury Public Library, Tuesday night.These situations are always unpleasant, and the media love a salacious story, However, I choose to look at this incident in a different way. Here's why:

I believe that the Library should be available to all who wish to use its resources. I believe in the social contract that exists between the Library and the public—mutual respect for each other and for the institution. When that respect is breached, I take action.

The Tewksbury Public Library staff and I are observant and proactive to ensure everyone is welcomed and gets the assistance they need. This incident, as unfortunate as it was, allowed us to show you that we also work hard to ensure that the standards of respectful and civil behavior we require are maintained. Most of the time, there are no issues at the Library. However, when a policy or a law is broken at the Library, it is dealt with.

Our goal is to make the Library a pleasant place to visit and to discourage disrespectful and illegal behaviors. Our partnership with the Tewksbury Police Department ensures that any illegal behavior at the Library will be stopped. I believe that this arrest sends a clear message that any type of illegal behavior will not be tolerated at the Tewksbury Public Library.

Thank you, 
Diane Giarrusso, Library Director

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