Library sees better behavior under no-smoking rule

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Indiana library troubled by smoking, drinking and other bad behavior that often prompted calls to police says things are looking up.

Monroe County Public Library officials say efforts to enforce a no-smoking policy on library grounds have made it easier for visitors to use the library's services.

Director Sara Laughlin tells The Herald-Times ( ) the tougher smoking policy means no more cigarette butts to sweep up each morning and no people lining up by the doorway.

The library has been a meeting spot for individuals from nearby homeless shelters and led to some unwanted activity.

Community relations manager Margaret Harter says incidents have dropped from nearly 14 a week to less than 4 since mid-March as the library has better enforced its rules.

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