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Chippewa Falls Public library a busy place during winter months


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Some of us are probably hoping we close the book on winter.

After sub zero temperatures and ice the past few weeks many of us are hoping for better weather. Plenty of people are passing the winter days with a good book, and then some. The Chippewa Falls Public Library in particular has been very busy the last few days.

"We get between 400 and 600 people in the library on a daily basis," said Library Director Virginia Roberts.

But over the last few days it's been busier than ever.

"In the space between 5 and 7 o'clock last night we may have had 150 people just walk through the door and check things out. It was very busy. It was one of those things where you wish you had like four arms," Roberts said.

The library stays busy year round, but the winter weather in Wisconsin has some people renting in bulk.

"If they know it's coming, yeah, they stock up. So that's always good, and sometimes they stock up with movies, sometimes it's a combination of books and movies."

With school canceled Tuesday in Chippewa Falls, it was a good day for kids to get a jump on homework.

"Because he has a quota for the semester, he's reading 1,000 pages. So he stays up on that, so we thought since we had the day off we'd come down here," said Michael Halbert, who was with his 8th-grade son Hunter.

The library does have its limits. You can only check out 100 items at a time, and yesterday they actually had to enforce that limit.

"It does get kind of busy like that, but I have not seen that since I've gotten here, and I've been the library director for six months," Roberts said.

The Chippewa Falls Public Library closed its doors at 5 Tuesday due to the weather.

It plans on being open again tomorrow morning at 10 am.

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