ROUND LAKE, N.Y. –The entire Round Lake Library Board of Trustees has resigned just hours after residents called for a librarian to be reinstated after she was fired for closing the library early because of a tornado threat.
"I don't respect you" and "you should leave," were just a few words of frustration members of the community had to say to the library board of trustees. More than 100 people came out in support of recently fired Theresa Marchione.
Marchione, who had worked at the library for over 20 years, was fired shortly after closing the library less than an hour early on a day in which the Capital Region was under a tornado threat.
Round Lake residents packed the village hall, and were given thirty minutes to voice concerns. They didn't waste any time.
"The board of trustees should have been there protecting Theresa," said one resident.
The outrage was clear, and so were the demands. Residents are asking that Theresa Marchione be given back her job.
"The punishment did not meet the crime. The punishment of being fired after a first time offense is hard and unjust," said another resident.
Residents also requested the resignation of Library Director Carol Sheffer. Board President Sandra Debus was tight lipped on the matter during the meeting.
"We will not comment because it is an ongoing investigation," said Debus.
The public comment session included a plea from the Round Lake Village Mayor.
"I'd hate to see our little library go down hill and I really really hope you make the right decision," said Dixie Lee Sacks.
Theresa Marchione did not attend, but her daughter was there to explain why.
"She doesn't feel comfortable. She's worried that she will somehow get in trouble. She doesn't have attorneys on her side," said Tracy Smith.
Residents are also calling for change to Library termination policies. The board of trustees said earlier in the night that its investigation into the issue will take another week, but a full report is expected at a June 20th meeting.
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