SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Pine Point branch library was supposed to be open as a cooling center for people to escape the heat but they’re closed, thanks to air conditioning problems.
A sign was posted on the library’s front doors when Cynthia Kaley and her son showed up to use the library and escape the heat.
“The lights are on but nobody’s home. Where is everyone? This library should be open!”
Cynthia only has a fan at home so they took the bus to this branch for some much needed relief.
“I definitely wanted to cool down because this was the hottest I’ve ever known Springfield to be.”
Because of the extreme heat, different cooling centers opened across the city as a way for people to get away from the high temperatures and humidity but Cynthia has a fun back-up plan just in case.
“I needed A.C. and I needed books and if that doesn’t work out, I’m gonna go further down Boston road across the street from Walmart where there’s a fishing hole and jump in!”
If you want to cool off without jumping in the water, a branch on Parker Street is open to read and surf the web.
Doris Madsen, the librarian for the Sixteen Acres branch, said “Oh, it’s been wonderful. We’ve been busy through the week.”
Their A.C. is on and running.
The Pine Point branch will stay closed all next week because the air conditioning is broken, but the Sixteen Acres branch will be open again from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as well as every day next week.