The Free Library issued the following statement on Feb. 6:
“There was a serious incident that occurred outside of the library and ultimately spilled over inside the library walls. We are giving our staff time to receive support and training and work with community stakeholders as we prepare to move forward and reopen Monday.”
According to police, the incident referenced by the Free Library took place on Feb. 4. Northeast Detectives has looked at video and planned to interview staff on Tuesday. The video appears to show kids on the losing end of a fight running into the library for shelter. Police say multiple similar incidents have taken place in recent weeks.
Tacony Library, originally built in 1906, reopened in December 2017 after nearly $7 million in renovations. ••