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August 4, 2022

Dear Community,

Wednesday morning ImagineIF Library staff discovered books in the book return that appear to have been damaged by a firearm. Out of an abundance of caution for our staff and community, we made the decision to close the Library while the Kalispell Police Department investigated and apologize for the inconvenience this caused our patrons.

The damaged books do not appear to have any connection to controversial subjects, but we as the Library staff and trustees do not take this lightly and we will prioritize the safety of our staff, patrons and community and work with the Kalispell Police Department towards a resolution.

All Library branches will resume normal operations Thursday, August 4 as we have no reason to believe this is anymore than an isolated incident. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

Ashley Cummins, Library Director

Doug Adams, Chairman, Board of Trustees

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